Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Move from the center! The practice of Zen meditation and Wing chun kung fu are one and the same, to harmonize body and mind as one. This practice is finding ones center, moving from it and continually flowing to it. The Center is completely silent, still, and empty. From this center all life, love, and creativity arise as a continuous flow of experience. To realize and develop ones intuitive awareness of the center is to find the source of what you are, which is true peace, love, and harmony.

A Zen Master was once asked " after over 65 years of Zen practice and meditation, what would you say is the core of what you have learned? The Master answered " An appropriate response". Moving from the center is another way of saying appropriate response. The Zen master went on to explain that an appropriate response is what is revealed when one can "be close and do nothing". This statement should not be interpreted as nothing is done, or nothing gets done, but who does the doing?

"The art of letting go" is another coined term in the Zen tradition, which is being close and doing nothing. When we consider letting go we see that it takes great faith and trust, faith and trust in the unknown, which is the great challenge for one who sees himself as the one doing his life. One must be patient, attentive, intuitively aware, and in a state of faith and surrender to see the truth that he is not the one doing his life, that there is a power greater than himself that is sustaining all life including his own. Look to your breath, must you will your lungs to inhale or exhale to continue breathing, to continue living? No, but the body continues to respond to each moment with a breath.

When we do chisao (sticky hands, sparing) in the wing chun tradition we must learn to be close and do nothing, to let our body respond rather than our mind react. We must develop an intuitive awareness of our own body's movement and energy as well as our opponent's, to be sensitive and relaxed is the key, even beyond the skill's and techniques that are learned.

What is needed to be known will be relieved upon the time when it is needed. This is an appropriate response.

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