A finger pointing to the moon

There is no standard in total combat, and expression must be free. That liberating truth is a reality only insofar as it is experienced and lived in its suchness by the individual himself, and this truth is far beyond any styles or disciplines. “Remember, too, that JKD is just a term used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not carried on ones back”.

These few paragraphs at best are merely “a finger pointing to the moon. Please do not take the finger to be the moon or fix your intense gaze on the finger and thus miss all the beautiful sight of heaven. After all, the usefulness of the finger is in the pointing away from itself to the light that illuminates finger and all”, Bruce Lee, Artist of Life.

Bruce Lee later quoted this in Enter The Dragon (1974) as “Don’t think; feel. It’s like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger, or you will miss all the heavenly glory”.

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