Here are some recent sayings that have come up in discussion amongst the Sangha (Temple Community) today and over the course of the last week, these have stuck with me because I have been able to mull over them whilst out walking and led to some interesting thoughts. I’d be interested to know how you interpret these sayings, or if they hold the same weight in your life as they have for mine.
One that the Shifu (Head master teacher) uses often for guests or whilst training;
Pain is a fact, Suffering is optional
Seriously – take the stretch in the image above of myself opening my hips up with the aid of Miao Hai! You quickly learn not to suffer.
The Abbot (Sitaigung) during a theory lesson made a long discussion over this one;
Love or Need – It cannot be both
Another qoute from the abbot about ignorance, this is a great example;
By choosing not to see, those who are blind will always fall down the hole
And here is a personal qoute I came up with whilst talking to guests about meditation techniques. I feel like this accurately describes a lot of things in our field of training when related to ‘letting go’, from Kung Fu, to Qi Gong, Meditation and more.
To try harder, you will achieve less.
To stop trying, you will achieve everything.
Please leave a comment or if you want to discuss any of these from a Buddhist perspective it would be my pleasure. Have a great day, in the meantime we are making preparations for the Chinese New Year festival tomorrow! 🐉 🎊
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