“It is like a finger pointing away to the moon, Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”
I think martial artists everywhere will recognize those words, uttered by the late Mr Bruce Lee in the pivotal martial arts epic of its day “Enter the Dragon”. But how many of you know exactly what he was referring too?
When the Indian monk Bodhidharma, the first ancestor of the Chan school, traveled to China in the fifth century of the common era he introduced the Lancavatara sutra to the Sangha, or buddhist order.
The Lancavatara sutra is the sanskrit title for the “sutra on the descent to Sri Lanka.” and it covers the responses to questions put to the Buddha by the Bodhisatva ( pronounced Bodhi-sat-uo. ) Mahamati.
In the chapter covering Transendental intelligence we find the following passages.
“When a man with his finger tip points to something to somebody, the finger tip may be mistaken for the thing pointed at…”
the passage continues to state that, “…They cannot realise Ultimate Reality because of their intent to clinging words which were intended to be no more than a finger pointing.”
A further passage states that, “Truth is beyond letters words and books.”
Centuries later the venerable Bodhidharma made the same statement. Letters and scriptures are only a description of reality, not the reality itself.
Here at Damokung we use Bodhidharmas teachings to assist us in “expounding the root of Chinese boxing and Kung fu.”
We take our students, as well as other like minded individuals, on a journey to discover the essence of traditional Chinese boxing, Kung fu, Chan Buddhist teachings and Pure land Buddhist practice.
We hope you will find something on this site to stir your interest but please remember,
“words are no more than a pointing finger.”