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Sage Shaolin Sayings - Chinese words of wisdom featured on the western adventure KUNG FU/ABC/1972-75.

Master Po and Kwai Chang Caine - KUNG FU

Much wisdom was imparted to both the aspiring Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine), as well as the listening audience.

The following are selected samples of sage sayings from the show's scripts that were distilled from the precepts of Confucianism, Taoism and Zen.


Disciple Caine:

Master our bodies are prey to many needs: hunger, thirst, the need for love. Shall we then seek to satisfy these needs?

Master Kan:

Only Acknowledge them and satisfaction will follow. To suppress a truth is to give it force beyond endurance.

 -- Episode No. 1

Master Kan:

All life is sacred. Thus the joining together of man and woman is always honored. Apart, there is no life; but from such union, life may proceed.

Young Caine:

Then life must be always defended?

Master Kan:

The thorn defends the rose. It harms only those who would steal the blossom from the plant

 -- Episode No. 4

   
Master Kan:

 Seek always Peace. Wear no path for the footsteps of others unless the soul is endangered. We are linked by our souls. To endanger one, endangers all, but when one is endangered, then the soul must become a warrior.

-- Episode No. 5

Master Kan:

Deal with evil through strength-but affirm the Good in man through trust. In this way we are prepared for evil, but we encourage Good.

Young Caine:

And is Good our great reward for trusting? 

Master Kan:

In striving for an ideal, we do not seek rewards; yet trust does sometimes bring with it great reward-even greater than Good. 

Young Caine:

What is greater than Good?

Master Kan:

Love.

-- Episode No. 7

Master Kan:

See the Way of life as a stream. A man floats, and his way is smooth. The same man, turning to fight upstream, exhausts himself. To be One with the Universe, each must find his true path and follow it

 -- Episode No. 11

Master Po:

Perfect wisdom is unplanned. Perfect living offers no guarantee to a peaceful death. Learn first, how to live. Learn second, how not to kill. Learn third, how to live with         death. Learn fourth, how to die...To know love, be like the running brook, which deaf, yet sings its melody for others to hear. Feel the pain of too much tenderness. Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for yet another day of loving

-- Episode No. 17

Master Po:

The undiscerning mind is like the root of a tree--it absorbs equally all that it touches--even the poison that would kill it.

-- Episode No. 19

Master Kan:

Is it not better to see yourself truly than to care how others see you?

-- Episode No.24

Young Caine:

Master, must I always serve the law?

Master Kan:

Hear the law; serve justice,

-- Episode No. 28

Master Kan:

What is gained by using one's strength in violence and anger?

Young Caine:

 A victory that is swift.

Master Kan:

Yet to be violent is to be weak, for violence has no mind. Is it not wiser to seek a man's love than to desire his swift defeat?

-- Episode No. 30

Caine:

The greatest victor wins without a battle. Yield and you need not break.

 -- Episode No. 32

Young Caine:

What is the greatest obligation that we have?

Master Po:

To live, Grasshopper. To Live!

-- Episode No. 35

Master Po:

 One cannot feel joy unless one can also feel despair. We have no capacity for Good without an equal capacity for Evil

-- Episode No. 36

Master Kan:

Perhaps the proper conclusion one can come to is not to come easily to conclusions

-- Episode No. 40

Master Kan:

What frightened you? 

Young Caine:

 [Awoken from his meditation] I heard the Silence, Master.

Master Kan:

You have experienced Oneness [To help Caine understand Master Kan asks Caine about the silkworm]

Young Caine:

The silkworm dies, the moth lives, yet they are not two separate beings but one and the same. 

Master Kan:

 It is the same with a man. His false beliefs must die, so that he may know the joy of the Way. What you felt in the Silence is real. Something in you is dying. It is called Ignorance.

-- Episode No. 41

Young Caine:

Do evil demons exist?

Master Kan:

Do wars, famine, disease and death exist? Do lust, greed and hate exist? They are man's creation, brought into being by the dark side of his nature.

-- Episode No.46

Words of
Lao-Tzu:

He who is open-eyed is open-minded. He who is open-minded is open-hearted. He who is open-hearted is kingly. He who is kingly is Godly. He who is Godly is useful. He who is useful is infinite. He who is infinite is immune. He who is immune is immortal.

-- Episode No.47

Caine: 

  The body is the arrow, the spirit is the bow. You must learn to use the strength of the spirit

-- Episode No. 52

Master Po:

Who can know himself well enough to speak for all? Who is so well founded to hear all? The sage says 'Shape clay into a vessel; cut doors and windows for a room; it is the spaces with which make it useful' So we must listen for  the spaces between us.

-- Episode No. 55


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