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Genshin Ki Dojo Dragon

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

~ Inspirational readings, quotes and Koans ~

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"Presumably, as a Martial artist, I do not fight for gain or loss, am not concerned with strength or weakness, and neither advance a step nor retreat a step.  The enemy does not see me. I do not see the enemy.  Penetrating to a place where heaven and earth have not yet divided, where yin and yang have not yet arrived, I quickly and necessarily gain effect."
(The Unfettered Mind :1986 edition - trans. Wilson)
(text originally written in the 1600's)

~ Takuan Soho
(Zen Master to Miyamoto Musashi, Shogun & Emperor)

 

 

 

"The way is in training... Do nothing which is not of value."
(A book of Five Rings: 1974 edition - trans. Harris)
Second year of Shoho - May 12th, 1645
~ Miyamoto Mushashi ~

 

 

 

T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien
 Evil Doers  Chapter: A description of Evil - Doers  Evil Doers
(a Taoist compilation regarding morality and ethics)
Translated by Teitaro Suzuki and Dr. Paul Carus
Pub. The open court publishing co. (1906 edition)
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"To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not.
If a person's fault is a habit of some years prior, by and large it won't be remedied."

(The book of the Samurai - Hagakure: 1979 edition - trans. Wilson)
(originally written in the year 1716)
by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

 

 

 

"When the world is at peace, a gentleman keeps his sword by his side."
~ Wu Tsu

 

 

 

"One should not be envious of someone who has prospered by unjust deeds.
Nor should he disdain someone who has fallen while adhering to the path of righteousness."

(Ideals of the Samurai - Writings of Japanese Warriors: 1982 edition - trans. Wilson)
(Text from: The regulations of Imagawa Ryoshun - written in the year 1412)
by Samurai (General) - Imagawa Sadayo (1325-1420)

 

 

 

"The master is the master. The disciple is the disciple.
But the master is also the disciple. The disciple is also master."
(The Ring of the Way: 1983 edition)
By Taisen Deshimaru (Roshi / Zen Master)

 

 

 

"When any single thought arises, both good and evil are there.
  If one will think about the foundation of good and evil,
and do good and refrain from evil,
his mind will become correct of itself. "
(The Unfettered Mind: 1986 edition - trans. Wilson)
(text originally written in the 1600's)

~ Takuan Soho
(Zen Master to Miyamoto Musashi, Shogun & Emperor)

 

 

 

"The relative absence from the national character of egotistical individualism has been the saving of an empire;
has enabled a great people to preserve its independence against prodigious odds."

(Kokoro - Hints & Echoes of Japanese inner life: 1896 edition)
by Lafcadio Hearn

 

 

 

T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien
 Evil Doers  Chapter: Punishment Apportioned to Crime: Evil - Doers  Evil Doers
(a Taoist compilation regarding morality and ethics)
Translated by Teitaro Suzuki and Dr. Paul Carus
Pub. The open court publishing co. (1906 edition)
~ Click above link to view text from this chapter ~

 

 

Our bodies are given life from the midst of nothingness. Existing where there is nothing is the meaning of the phrase, "form is emptiness." That all things are provided for by nothingness is the meaning of the phrase, "emptiness is form." One should not think that these are two separate things.
(The book of the Samurai - Hagakure: 1979 edition - trans. Wilson)
(originally written in the year 1716)
by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

 

 

"A person getting enlightened is like the moon reflecting in the water. The moon does not get wet, the water is not disturbed. Though it is a great expanse of light, it reflects in a little bit of water; the whole moon and the whole sky reflect even in the dew on the grass; they reflect even in a single drop of water. Enlightenment not disturbing the person is like the moon not piercing the water. A person not obstructing enlightenment is like the dewdrop not obstructing the heavens. The depth is the measure of the height. As for the length or brevity of the time (of the reflection), one ought to examine whether the water is large or small and discern whether the sky and moon are wide or narrow."
(Flowers Fall: 1996 edition - trans. Jaffe)
(reflection on Zen Master Dogen's 'Genjokoan')
by Hakuun Yasutani

 

 

 

"If one family has humanity, the entire state will become humane.
If one family has courtesy, the entire state will become courteous.
But if one man is grasping and perverse,
the entire country will be brought into rebellion. "
~ Confucius (Text from: The great learning)

 

 

 

"Sincerity is the way of heaven;
making oneself sincere is the way of man.
Sincerity hits what is right without effort,
and obtains (understanding) without thinking ”
~ Confucius (Text from: The doctrine of the mean)

 

"There is only now and then a man under heaven who loves what is right without expectation of reward,
or hates what is wrong without fear of consequences."

~ Confucius: The Li Ki (book of rites) bk xxix., v.13

 

 

"When the mirror is highly polished, the dust will not defile it;
When the heart is enlightened, licentious vices will not arise in it."
~ Chinese proverb
(The wisdom of the Chinese: 1920 edition)
by Brian Brown

 

 

 

"..The secret of the Martial arts is that there is no victory and no defeat.
You can neither win nor be beaten. It is not the same as in sports."

(The Zen way to the Martial arts: 1982 edition)
~ Taisen Deshimaru

 

 

 

"It is too late to pull the rein when the horse has gained the brink of the precipice;
the time for stopping the leak is past when the vessel is in the midst of the river."

~ Chinese proverb
(The wisdom of the Chinese: 1920 edition)

~ Brian Brown

 

 

 

"The superior man thinks of virtue:
The ordinary man thinks of comfort."

~ Confucius (Text from: Analects. bk iv., c. xi)

 

 

"The superior man seeks to develop the admirable qualities of men
and does not seek to develop their evil qualities. The ordinary man
does the opposite of this."

~ Confucius (Text from: Analects. bk xii, c. xvi)

 

 

 

"The mind of the superior man is conversant with righteousness;
The mind of the ordinary man is conversant with gain."
~ Confucius (Text from: Analects. bk iv., c. xxi)

 

 

 

"Gain is not to be considered prosperity,
but prosperity is found in righteousness."
~ Confucius (Text from: The great learning. x., 23)

 

 

"Now there are no end of the things by which man is affected; and when his likings and dislikings are not subject
to regulation (from within), he is changed into the nature of things as they come before him; that is, he stifles the
voice of heavenly principle within, and gives the utmost indulgence to the desires by which men may be possessed.
On this we have the rebellious and deceitful heart, with licentious and violent disorder."

~ Confucius (Text from: The Li Ki. sect. i, v.11,12)

 

 

 

 

What is;is not
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~ Text from the Hsin-hsin Ming ~

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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