Hero Worship: Bruce Lee

“If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.”

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“I’m moving and not moving at all. I’m like the moon underneath the waves that ever go on rolling and rocking. It is not, ‘I am doing this,’ but rather, an inner realization that ‘this is happening through me,’ or ‘it is doing this for me.’ The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.”

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“The point is the doing of them rather than the accomplishments. There is no actor but the action; there is no experiencer but the experience.”

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“The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose. Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart; if you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between ‘for’ and ‘against’ is the mind’s worst disease.”

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“Let yourself go with the disease, be with it, keep company with it — this is the way to be rid of it.”

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“An assertion is Zen only when it is itself an act and does not refer to anything that is asserted in it.”

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“In Buddhism, there is no place for using effort. Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water and when you’re tired go and lie down. The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand.”

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“Thinking is not freedom — all thought is partial; it can never be total. Thought is the response of memory and memory is always partial, because memory is the result of experience. So, thought is the reaction of a mind conditioned by experience.”

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“Give up thinking as though not giving it up. Observe techniques as though not observing.”

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“There is no fixed teaching. All I can provide is an appropriate medicine for a particular ailment.”

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“Art is never decoration, embellishment; instead, it is work of enlightenment. Art, in other words, is a technique for acquiring liberty.”

 

“Jeet Kune Do favors formlessness so that it can assume all forms and since Jeet Kune Do has no style, it can fit in with all styles. As a result, Jeet Kune Do utilizes all ways and is bound by none and, likewise, uses any techniques or means which serve its end.”

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“The physically bound go for puffing and straining and miss the delicate way; the intellectually bound go for idealism and exotics and lack efficiency and actually seeing into realities.”

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“While being trained, the student is to be active and dynamic in every way. But in actual combat, his mind must be calm and not at all disturbed. He must feel as if nothing critical is happening. When he advances, his steps should be light and secure, his eyes not fixed and glaring insanely at the enemy. His behavior should not be in any way different from his everyday behavior, no change taking place in his expression, nothing betraying the fact that he is engaged in mortal combat.”

“Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself.”

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“Forms are vain repetitions which offer an orderly and beautiful escape from self-knowledge with an alive opponent.”

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“Form is the cultivation of resistance; it is the exclusive drilling of a pattern of choice moves. Instead of creating resistance, enter straight into the movement as it arises; do not condemn or condone — choiceless awareness leads to reconciliation with the opponent in a total understanding of what is.”

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“Expression is not developed through the practice of form, yet form is a part of expression. The greater (expression) is not found in the lesser (expression) but the lesser is found in the greater. Having ‘no form,’ then, does not mean having no ‘form.’ Having ‘no form’ evolves from having form. ‘No form’ is the higher, individual expression.”

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“Insight is realizing that one’s original nature is not created.”

“Instead of facing combat in its suchness…most systems of martial art accumulate a ‘fancy mess’ that distorts and cramps their practitioners and distracts them from the actual reality of combat, which is simple and direct. Instead of going immediately to the heart of things, flowery forms (organized despair) and artificial techniques are ritualistically practiced to simulate actual combat. Thus, instead of ‘being’ in combat these practitioners are ‘doing’ something ‘about’ combat.”

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“Fighting is not something dictated by your conditioning as a kung-fu man, a karate man, a judo man or what not. And seeking the opposite of a system is to enter another conditioning.”

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“A so-called martial artist is the result of three thousand years of propaganda and conditioning.”

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“To understand combat, one must approach it in a very simple and direct manner.”

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3 Responses to “Hero Worship: Bruce Lee”

  1. He is my hero!

  2. […] intrusion into reality of form (which was still located beneath appearance) was the novel’s most ’subversive’ and […]

  3. I think you know how to write a genuinely nice post. Thanks!

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