"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
My personal "Interpretive" Lens!

"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour

"Providing a first step on a path to self-reflection." - C. E. James

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon

"What is true today may be reevaluated as false not long after. Judgements are frequently based upon a set of "temporary" circumstances surrounding them. Conflicting ideologies can exist simultaneously. Antagonistic dualities are complementary aspects of a unified whole: are seen as mutually dependent mirror images of each other." - Nahum Stiskin

Warning, Caveat and Note: The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.

Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.

Kenpo Gokui

The lines of the ken-po goku-i are set from an atomistic aspect simply because it is the manner in which the brain learns. Its nature is completely holistic and like the I Ching must be in a form that promotes learning and understanding so a person can see, hear and grasp the nature of a holistic system. The gokui is a method to teach us how to be holistic. Its terseness is the best that can be done to convey its holistic meaning.

A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.

A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.

Master Zeng said, "Am I preaching what I have not practiced myself?"

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Zen-like Quote Koan

“ … I yearn for a world in which competing ideologies are kept in balance, systems of accountability keep us all from getting away with too much, and fewer people believe that righteous ends justify violent means.” - Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind

As I have stated previously I tend to think of quotes as Zen-like koans. The quote alone holds no weight but the contemplation of that quote is of possible considerable weight. It should lead you somewhere, the where being individualize and a destination unique to that individual. Its ongoing contemplation should bring about different meanings that change as the individual changes. It is not a matter of deliberate and unchanged meaning but a way to inspire and achieve greater thoughts leading to a better understanding. 

I came across this particular quote koan while reading the book by Jonathan Haidt, “The Righteous Mind.” My initial impression is that it provides us a different way of thinking about mankind and the differences that are mankind, human diversity. It may not be better or best but it does, for me, leave the windows and doors open to any breeze blowing. 


Maybe it is just bullshit to keep humanity mired in ignorance and stupidity so we can remain dependent on our need for conflict and violence. It allows the nature of humanity to be stuck rather than free with wings to take to the sky in freedom, learning and enlightenment. Then again, maybe not. 


Maybe it does not have meaning outside of the obvious and therefore exists only to enable the stupid and ignorant to keep on doing the stupid and ignorant crap humanity seems to do over and over and over again, never learning and never growing and never changing except in the most rudimentary and simplistic ways that disguise us from truth and reality. Then again, maybe not. 

Regardless, think of this quote as a Zen-like koan and see where it leads. The destination may be a good place, then again, maybe not. 

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