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June 5, 2009

So, Grasshopper ...

By James Brett

David Carradine, dead at 72.


One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free You'll find a god in every golden cloister And if you're lucky then the god's a she I can feel an angel sliding up to me
"What must I do then, Master?" I asked thoughtfully. "You must learn to wait properly." "And how does one learn that?" "By letting go of yourself, leaving yourself and everything yours behind you so decisively that nothing more is left of you but a purposeless tension." "So I must become purposeless—on purpose?" I heard myself say. "No pupil has ever asked me that, so I don't know the right answer."
--Zen in the Art of Archery, Eugen Herrigel, 1971, p. 35

"The most dangerous thing in the world is to think that you understand something." JB

Submitters Bio:

James R. Brett, Ph.D. taught Russian History before (and during) a long stint as an academic administrator in faculty research administration. His academic interests are the modern period of Russian History since Peter the Great, Chinese History, the history of science, and the history of ideas, including psychology and consciousness studies. He is retired and living on the Left Coast.