Sunday, March 01, 2009

Swordmanship’s first achievement - Swordmanship’s ultimate achievement

Swordmanship’s first achievement

Is he unity of man and sword.
Once this unity is attained,
Even a blade of grass can be a weapon.

The second achievement is when
The sword exists in one’s heart
When absent from one’s hand,
One can strike an enemy at a 100 paces, even with bare hands.

Swordmanship’s ultimate achievement
Is the absence of the sword in both hand and heart.
The swordsman is at peace with the rest of the world
He vows not to kill,
and to bring peace to mankind

The king to Qin, in “Hero” by Zhang Yimou


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