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Friday, October 22, 2010

A Koan From The Monastery


"Koan" explained.

Examples:

The spear is not the point.

The point is not the spear.


Meditate on the meaning of this wisdom.

Really.

8 Comments:

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.

Jon

III

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.
Omonk

October 25, 2010 at 2:19 AM  

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