“The skill and knowledge attained must be 'forgotten' so that you can float comfortably in the void without blockages. Learning is important, but do not let yourself be enslaved. (…) Any technique, however valuable and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind becomes obsessed with it.”
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“Like everyone else, you want to learn the way to win, but never to accept the way to lose, to accept defeat, to learn to die is to be liberated from it. So when tomorrow comes, you must free your ambitious mind, and learn The Art of Dying.”
“The Art of Dying” is a metaphor and describes the Zen idea of letting our ego die. The ego is the whole set of experiences, accumulations, and memories that make up our view of ourselves. The ego holds our prejudices and distortions.
Death of the ego means we are open to criticism. We are embracing the process of learning to develop our abilities.
“Jeet Kune Do teaches us not to look back after the course has been decided. He treats life and death indiscriminately. “ (…) To express yourself freely, you must forget yesterday. From the “old” you get security. “New”, you gain fluidity.”
“Do not think about winning or losing, do not think about pride and pain. (…) The biggest mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the fight. You should not think about whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your weapons will be used at the right time.“
Bruce Lee describes the desire itself as a problem. Desiring is a bond, but so is the desire not to desire. To be detached, then, is to be free.
A person with an ego is attached to a warped image, to the past, and to the future.
Letting the ego die requires you to let go of any memories and future expectations so that you can be free in the moment.
A fighter should not concern himself with any expectations about the result. A fighter should continuously improve himself by using enough intelligence and training.
We should rid ourselves of our ambitious minds so we can enjoy our daily struggles without worrying about thinking in terms of winning or losing.
Knowledge is created from the past. Forgetting knowledge means the fighter can reach a state of freedom to move in the present moment.
Bruce Lee believed the fighter should not submit to or limit himself to the technique. To die then is more connected with the idea of the constant search for improvement.
In the 32 years he inhabited this planet, Bruce Lee created a legacy that is unparalleled in modern times.
His work, philosophy and lifestyle have influenced everything from video games to political protests. Bruce Lee’s short life garnered enough momentum to keep the flame glowing, powering future generations.
He studied poetry and philosophy in school. He focused his studies on Asian and Western philosophy, incorporating elements of Jiddu, Buddhism, Taoism, and Krishnamurti.
This helped him to better understand himself and how he and his martial arts were more a method of self-expression of his philosophy than anything else.
By learning to fight, he was able to better understand who he was — he could force himself out of his comfort zone, test his limits, and confront his fears.
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