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Friday, October 22, 2010

A Koan From The Monastery

"Koan" explained.


The spear is not the point.

The point is not the spear.

Meditate on the meaning of this wisdom.



Blogger Sean said...

Meditated on it. Got nothing. Is it the spear or the point? C'mon, give me a hint here.

October 22, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to say it, but Thulsa Doom was right r.e. the Riddle of Steel.

October 22, 2010 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Jay said...

You must master your fears, or else your fears will become your master.

October 22, 2010 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Don't aim...Don't try...Be the Target."

October 23, 2010 at 2:42 AM  
Anonymous aughtsix said...

Dualism is error.

The shaft and the point are one.

The warrior is the weapon.



October 23, 2010 at 5:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get it! If a Kenyon bigamist sires a bastard with an American prostitute the dollar will collapse.

Did I get it right???

October 23, 2010 at 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Defender said...

A spearhead with no shaft is an awkward dagger. A shaft with no point is a blunt instrument. The spirit of the spear is to maintain distance, and, failing that, to reach and destroy.
The Romans taught a holistic method of swordfighting as well. The point can slash as well as stab; the edge can stab as well as slice. The crossguard can hook and pierce, and the pommel can crush. They must be well-assembled and firm as a unit, though.
Don't be a sniper OR a hand-to-hand specialist. Flow from one form to the next as the situation requires. Their REaction will always be slower than your ACTION.

October 25, 2010 at 12:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The spear is a only effective as a unified weapon. Removing one piece or elevating another piece above the rest will lessen its effectiveness. Each has a part to play. Jon has understood well.

October 25, 2010 at 2:19 AM  

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