Be Like Lee


The tao that can be told

Is not the eternal Tao.

The name that can be named

Is not the eternal Name.

Therefore the Master

Acts without doing anything

And teaches without saying anything.

Things arise and she lets them come;

Things disappear and she lets them go.

She has but doesn’t possess,

Acts but doesn’t expect.

When her work is done, she forgets it.

That is why it lasts forever.

-Tao te ching, A New English Version, by Stephen Mitchell


In his own UNIQUE, and utterly badass way, Bruce Lee exemplified the Tao – The Way.  There are seven billion UNIQUE WAYS, as of this writing.  Here’s ONE really cool example of how someone made the Tao their own.

From Gilbert L. Johnson’s introduction to The Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee:

“The Tao of Jeet Kun Do actually began before Bruce was born.  The classical wing chun style that started him on his way was developed 400 years before his time.  The 2,000 or so books he owned and the countless books he read, described the individual “discoveries” of thousands of men before him.  There’s nothing new within this boo; there are no secrets.  “It’s nothing special,” Bruce used to say.  And so it wasn’t.”

In The Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce uses principles from the tao to illustrate and explain martial arts, and beyond, showing only one way in which to apply The Tao.

“Jeet Kune Do is not to hurt, but is one of the avenues through which life opens its secrets to us.” “Learning Jeet Kune Do is not a matter seeking knowledge or accumulating stylized pattern, but is discovering the cause of ignorance.”   –  Bruce Lee, The Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Take what you want:  Five other random Bruce Lee quotes from The Tao of Jeet Kune Do:

“I’m moving and not moving at all.  I’m like the moon underneath the waves that ever go on rolling and rocking.  It is not, “I am doing this,” but rather, an inner realization that “this is happening through me,” or “it is doing this for me.”  The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.”

“Jeet Kune do favors formlessness so that it can assume all forms and since Jeet Kune Do has no style, it can fit in with all styles.  As a result, Jeet Kune Do utilizes all ways and is bound by none and, likewise, uses any techniques or means which serve its end.”

“The art of Jeet Kune Do is simply to simplify.  It is being oneself;  it is reality in its “isness.”  Thus, isness is the meaning – having freedom in its primary sense, not limited by attachments, confinements, partialization, complexities.”

“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.”

“To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday.  From the “old,” you derive security; form the “new,” you gain the flow.”

Whether you want it or not, there’s more on The Way next time.

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