To follow the path look to the master follow the master walk with the master see through the master become the master. -Zen Proverb
Make backups of the master…
My wife is a martial arts movie nut. She gets all kinds of dubbed flicks with unintentionally hilarious titles. I was looking at the jacket cover for one I thought was “Kung Fu Massage,” and thought what the heck that would involve. It turned out to be “Kung Fu Massacre.” Whew!
….I studied briefly under a Capoeira “master” who turned out to be racist bully. He painfully injured me, in practice, to the degree where I had to take time off work. So my problem with such a simplistic proverb (as the one you have quoted,) Gavin, is how do we define “Master” ? There are many extremely talented teachers out there – who are all too human – and possibly mentally ill, inside. An example might be a very charismatic & inspiring coach, or priest, who (it is later discovered) is a pederast (pedophilia) and has done much damage to his faithful followers. Those who have tenaciously followed such “masters” have ended up seriously damaged (physically and/or mentally). So, today I find your quote well meaning’ed, but overly simplistic.
Very inspirational :)
A long standing meaning of Zen.Well said.
You nailed it. And that’s coming from someone who practices Zen meditation
February 06, 2014