Zen Mind Pounds Warrior Mind
This is a post by our guest blogger, Silkreeling who is also a keen player of Chen Style Taijiquan
I was about to feature yet another master level personality but was told to delay that to take a separate focus, as variety.
Well, I am sure we have been guilty of, or have encountered other players, slagging off each others styles, lineages or teachers; and the possibilities why we react that way must be a handful.
Now, Fist in hand with a Stamp is the signature of Buddha Warrior Pounds the Mortar. It is like the hallmark posture to Chen style Taiji and those who play it would know it involves inner focus of energy amidst a very quiet mind, with reams of expansiveness unbounded. It casts a deep impression to most beginners’ mind as it is one of the first movement that is introduced to them. And with its association to the Buddha warrior, I can’t help being drawn to something I read before, especially when I start thinking why other Taiji styles do not contain this fantastic move. With the below quotes, I wish that all of us Taiji players are also able to find liking and meaning in other styles of Taiji:
zen mind, beginner’s mind – quote from right attitude:
“If you understand the cause of conflict as some fixed or one-sided idea, you can find meaning in various practices without being caught by them. If you do not realise this point you will be easily caught by some particular way, and you will say ‘This is enlightenment! This is perfect practice. This is our way! The rest of the ways are not perfect. This is the best way.’ This is a big mistake. There is no particular way in true practice. You should find your own way, and you should know what kind of practice you have right now. Knowing both the advantages and disadvantages of some special practice, you can practice that special way without danger. But if you have one-sided attitude, you will ignore the disadvantage of the practice, emphasizing only its good part. Eventually you will discover the worst side of the practice, and become discouraged when it is too late. This is silly. We should be grateful that the ancient teachers point out this mistake.”
zen mind, beginner’s mind – quote from right understanding:
“But if enlightenment comes first, before thinking, before practice, your thinking and your practice will not be self-centered. By enlightenment I mean believing in nothing, believing in something which has no form or no color, which is ready to take form or color. This enlightenment is the immutable truth. It is on this original truth that our activity, our thinking, and our practice should be based”