Mind—Body Relationship and Buddhist Contextualism

  • Padmasiri de Silva
Part of the Library of Philosophy and Religion book series (LPR)


‘Is it “I” who draw the bow, or is it the bow that draws me into the state of highest tension? Do “T”hit the goal, or does the goal hit me? Is it spiritual when seen by the eyes of the body, and corporeal when seen by the eyes of the spirit — or both or neither? Bow, arrow, goal and ego, all melt into one another, so that I can no longer separate them. And even the need to separate has gone. For as soon as I take the bow and shoot, everything becomes clear and straightforward and so ridiculously simple.… 1


Mindfulness Practice Meditative Practice Contextual Discourse METAPHYSICAL Issue Buddhist Perspective 
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  1. 1.
    Eugene Herrigel, Zen in the Art of Archery, (Penguin Books, Atkana, 1985) p. 85–6.Google Scholar

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© M.W. Padmasiri de Silva 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Padmasiri de Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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