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    The moves are too similar to the Kwan-do. These are my least favorite weapons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W. Rabbit View Post
    And of course this great scene:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg_6TIxvjFY&t=132s
    This is what it always reminds me of:
    Dum spiro, spero.
    Tada gan iarracht.

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    The iron rake, another effective weapon. Like with the monk's spade, my garden has no defense.

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    So far, I want to gag.

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    He closed his eyes and inhaled deeply, emptying his mind of all thought, fixing on nothing, until he was free to take in everything. The eye of his mind filled the sky and looked down on the green earth below before departing to explore the heavens. Moving freely in the farthest reaches of the cosmos, he occupied galazies and worlds beyond description or knowledge, untils his awareness filled the entire vast emptiness of the void. And then it was still. Neither moving nor seeking, unaware of self or other, it was one with all things, simply being.
    I spit out my coffee when I read that.

    A Zen practitioner did not write this book, unless he deliberately was using poetic rhetoric...but rather, it reads like someone who took someone else's poetic rhetoric as what Zen meditation is really like.

    And that quote is pretty much exactly what Bodhidharma was NOT pointing to in the Bloodstream Sermon.

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    Well, at least the fights seem to be MMA instead of Wire fu.

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    Wait, zen is all about "unawareness"?

    ****...I think I have to start over now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W. Rabbit View Post
    Wait, zen is all about "unawareness"?

    ****...I think I have to start over now.
    See, this is the problem when people start to believe the **** they read about Zen...

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    You mean it has nothing to do with motorbikes? ****!

    In seriousness, Ausslander is the most zen guy I know - I was so genuinely impressed he could sit in zen without stirring whilst I puked like a donkey outside the tent

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    A Better Reference for Zen

    It's great to learn about the inaccuracies in the book I recommended. It sounds like it's definitely more of a fun martial arts adventure story than a teaching tale about Buddhist philosophy.

    I have been reading through a different book that DOES advertise itself as being scholarly and historical in it's setup, and I have found it to also be an enjoyable read.



    This book by Ferguson charts the history of Chan Buddhism by giving little biographical summaries of different leaders of the religious movement. It includes a fair amount of translations of primary sources which are pretty beautiful to read. I found that having it broken down into little periods related to specific historical personalities makes it more fun to digest slowly over time.

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