Finger Pointing to the Moon – Bruce Lee

“A Finger Pointing at the Moon”

There is an old parable which talks about a sage describing the Tao to his students. He admonished them to pay less attention to his words, and more attention to the practice. He said “My words are like a finger pointing at the moon – if you look too closely at the finger, you will miss the moon.”

In your own practice, be careful not to get too caught up in the philosophy, or the dialogue which happens in the room. Remember that the philosophy is the finger – the truth, the point of our practice, is what we experience when we do our martial art. You can have all the philosophy in the world, but without the practice, you will be lost. You can have all the practice in the world, and without the philosophy… you’ll be just fine.

Do your practice. Be diligent. The rest will happen.

Moon Temple

The MASTER is within us all;
If only we turn our attention inwards;
And experience the space in between our thoughts;
Therein resides our truly immortal souls as we touch eternity at the pulse of our heartbeat;
At the blink of the eye, we, the moon, the stars, and the universe
are ONE;
Overcome time  we have now;
Overcome space and we have here;
And in between HERE and NOW;
We shall always meet each other;
Know that Greatness consists of simple things in life and they come in only just one word:
Truth, love, courage, peace, loyalty, justice, perseverance, strength and wisdom.

Compiled and composed by 1martialart, New York Aug 18, 2011