Despite its image of being a #philosophy
of peaceful #contemplation
, Zen Buddhism is responsible for turning an entire class of men into Japan's most flawless killing machines. A monk named Takuan Soho wrote a #treatise
called "The Unfettered Mind" in which he writes to master swordsmen on how to apply the #buddhist
concept of "no-mind" to #martialarts
Takuan invokes the image of the scarecrow. Despite not having a brain, the scarecrow doesn't guard the fields in vain. This is how swordsman should be, according to Takuan. If he intellectualizes too much or relies too much on the rote memorization of technique, he will be too rigid in genuine combat. The #intellect
moves slower than our reflexes, and when one rids himself of his #intellectualization
, his reflexes will make better use of his techniques he practiced. .
isn't retrained to #mindlessly
slaughtering your opponents. Many great athletes, musicians, and professionals have each discovered the value of losing their mind at the peak of their performance. .
#zenbuddhism #zenbuddhist #appliedphilosophy #thegoodlife #antiintellectualism #ideabites #disciplines #anatta #takuansoho