Awa Kenzō Quotes

Born April 04, 1880
Died March 01, 1930

Why should I know Awa Kenzō?

Awa Kenzō was a Japanese Kyudo master and Zen Buddhist in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Kyudo is the Japanese martial art of archery.

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Best Quotes by Awa Kenzō

“And if I tried to give you a clue at the cost of your own experience, I should be the worst of teachers and should deserve to be sacked!”

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“Archery is not an art, it is a Way.”

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“Be not defeated by the rain.”

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“Each shot can make or break you; each shot reveals you as a living buddha or bumbling fool.”

Awa Kenzō
Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“Forging your spirit is to become empty, and to focus on your center.”

Awa Kenzō
Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“If you are upset or nervous, that is proof you lack something. Do not be sad or gloomy - foster virtue, feel compassion, and you can save even devils.”

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“If you want to win, practice virtue. If you win with virtue, your opponent buries himself.”

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“Nature does not strive, it acts exactly when it intends to.”

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“No matter what the art, the most important thing is to establish who you really are. That is, move from the ego-centered self to the absolute self.”

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“Self-reflection encourages great bravery. Rationalization is your greatest enemy.”

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“The basis of our Great Way is nature. If you can truly comprehend nature, the Bow will be easy to master.”

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“The Way of the Bow is to manifest your self Buddha-nature and arrive at the ultimate.”

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“To attain the Way is to manifest the Way.”

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“To become empty is to become one with the divine — this is the Way.”

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“Trust in the practice of the Way of the Bow.”

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“When you practice the Way, it is not just training in technique; it is spiritual forging.”

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“You and your bow must come together as one; that act is divine. The unity of instrument and self is divine. There is no bow, no arrow, no you.”

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

“You suffer because you’re not true to yourself.”

Awa Kenzō
Zen Bow, Zen Arrow