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Great book by a great a great person. Though Bruce Lee is most famous for being a martial arts actor, he was a great thinker which definitely enhanced his martial arts prowess. First of all this is not a Martial Arts book. The book is Bruce’s thought process on life.
Though it is written like a philosophy book, it is very easy to read. To quote Bruce himself, he says great thinkers and philosophers have a ways of making what they have to says more complicated then it should be. Bruce takes the opposite approach. Everything he says is straight to the point with no waffle.
Even though I there are many great points in the book and I do take a lot away from it, I don’t agree with every point Bruce makes, but that is part of his philosophy he wants his ideas to be challenged or built on because this shows thinking over blind following, or progress which he was all about. As he says:
“a teachers is never a giver of truth- he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.”
There are testimonials at the beginnings of this book of what a great person and teacher Bruce was, but the end of the book I had no doubt about how good he was as a teacher. Not just about physical techniques but about the mental and spiritual aspects of martial arts as well.
As with any ideas I could see many of Bruce’s views in this book were colored by his life experiences. This is a great book with a philosophical contradiction, though Bruce Lee is a great and successful person to look up to. His message is not to emulate him, but to learn/know yourself honesty, and use this knowledge to be the best you can be.
This is a beautifully written book that is presented in the form of excerpts from Bruce lees diaries, quotes from movies and interviews, and an abundance of his thoughts and teachings which spanned across all areas of life. These include self improvement, success and searching within oneself to perform at our greatest ability.
The way in which he presents each thought or quote is almost like you can hear him saying it to you in person, there is no formality in this book, it is straight from his mouth or his personal writings. You really get the feeling he is communicating with you and talking to you as if he is your friend.
There is so much knowledge to explore within this book, you can just keep coming back time after time, it is not a book you have to read page after page for many hours at a time. Amazing tips and advice. A must read for anyone in search of improving themselves or delving deep into their spirituality.
This is a great book to dip in and out of. It’s not one to read cover to cover in a single sitting. Liked the way it’s indexed and structured so you can look for most relevant or interesting insights easily. Some of the quotes are repetitive - so you can understand a subject from different perspectives or angles - some will live this I’m sure - I found a bit repetitive though.
The book is amazing! At first I will admit that I didn't understand a lot of it, especially the description of voids, the Zen, Tao and so on. So I kind of skimmed over a lot of it, but I'm getting into my second read. Of course he does mention at the start to 'empty your cup' so you can taste his cup of tea, admittedly it took me a while to taste it because I didn't know if I was tasting tea or coffee?! All metaphorically of course, but once understood and getting yourself into that state of mind you can truly appreciate his teachings.
I've learnt more about myself than ever before as he said "All types of knowledge ultimately means self-knowledge" and I couldn't explain it in this review to help you understand what that means, you have to read the book. It's like an inside joke that you have to be 'there' to understand it. Not only that but I'm a much happier person for it, having no idea that I knew nothing about myself and thinking 'well I am me, so what is there I don't know'? Bruce makes you question yourself and asks you certain things you never thought of before. My review being long enough already I'm not going to quote his quotes, but all I can say is if you see Bruce Lee as a somewhat 'idol' in whatever form then you should definitely read his philosophical teachings.
Also when I first bought the book I thought the writing was going to be straight forward like any other book but it's actually written down in direct quotes, to which he takes you on different steps towards learning yourself and everything around you.
A wonderful book containing a very though-provoking and insightful collection of Bruce's musings.
This book contains true wisdom and is something I would recommend anybody to read. Bruce Lee's teachings cover such a vast area of subjects, and they are just as relevant today as they were back then. No matter who the person or what situation they are in, I'm certain everybody could learn and take something away from this book.
Instead of reading it back to front in one go, I find its best to slowly work my way through the pages, stopping to really try and understand Bruce's messages. By approaching the book in this way I have taken some enlightening and profound messages from it.
Does not seek to have you believe anything. It is not a religious manual for life and does not want to be or pretend to be.
Some things I don't understand, but given time maybe I will appreciate the thought. This is a collection of views, stemming from a man who engaged fully with life and died far too young. Was he perfect? No. Did he have all the answers? No.
Did he seek out knowledge and frame his thoughts, based on other teachings, into accessible writings that can make you pause and if you wish dwell on and learn from? Yes he did.
I bought this book as a gift for my husband who is an avid Bruce Lee fan. It's a great collection of Eastern philosophical teachings that is easy to read and brings an instant sense of calm. Excellent purchase with fast shipping.
A Fantastic wake up call to those of us that are looking for inspiration, in what we lost as kids and with life ups and downs, we forget the basic's in life's journey sometimes and need a good reminder/hence its really a great read. Bruce reminds us all what is essential and what is not, but we have to make up our own minds to what is and what is not important to us as individuals. Intelligent words of Wisdom. :o)