"In our scriptures, it is said that there are four kinds of horses: excellent ones, good ones, poor ones, and bad ones. The best horse will run slow and fast, right and left, at the driver's will, before it sees the shadow of the whip; the second best will run as well as the first one, just before the whip reaches its skin; the third one will run when it feels pain on its body; the fourth will run after the pain penetrates to the marrow of its bones. You can imagine how difficult it is for the fourth one to learn to run.Now, I understand why I have come to dislike very smart people :)))))
When we hear this story, almost all of us want to be the best horse. If it is impossible to be the best one, we want to be the second best.
If you study calligraphy, you will find that those who are not so clever usually become the best calligraphers. Those who are very clever with their hands often encounter great difficulty after they have reached a certain stage. This is also true in art, and in life."
Sunday, July 19, 2009
A beautiful quote I got from the "Mastery" book by George Leonard. The quote is by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki in his book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, which describes his approach to the question of fast and slow learners:
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