“He betrayed us. Yet we feed and clothe him.” – Young Caine
“And you disapprove. . . I am aware of his unsavory adventures. I am aware also of his hunger and cold. . . . Will the earth fall away from under his feet? Will the sun, shining on all else, refuse him light? If sun and earth and water refrain from judgment, who am I to withhold a blanket and a bowl of rice?” – Master Kan
This clip from the classic 70’s TV series “Kung Fu” was taken from the episode called “”Arrogant Dragon” in series 2. Starring Philip Ahn as Master Kan, Radames Pera as Young Caine. The ex priest is not credited.
I like this, but would probably word it a little differently.
Young Caine: Master how may I walk a peaceful path when the world is seldom peaceful?
Master Po: Peace lies not in the world, Grasshopper, but in the man who walks the path.
Young Caine: But in my path may be men not filled with peace.
Master Po: Then seek a different path.
Young Caine: And if at each turn appear those who would be violent and do not love peace?
Master Po: To reach perfection, a man must develop equally compassion and wisdom.
Young Caine: But master, how do I not contend with the man that would contend with me?
Master Po: In a heart that is one with nature [I would say ‘the Creator’], though the body contends, there is no violence. And in the heart that is not one with nature, though the body be at rest, there is always violence. Be, therefore, like the prow of a boat, it cleaves the water yet it leaves in its wake water unbroken.
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Kung Fu – Contention – S01E08 Sun and Cloud Shadow – David Carradine
KCC: I must leave soon. Woman: What should I do? KCC: What do you feel? Woman: Hate. Fills the emptiness where my child grew. KCC: To hate is like drinking salt water. Your thirst grows worse. Woman: Don’t you understand what I feel? KCC: I have seen the silkworm. It spins a thread. Thinking itself to be safe, it has spun a tomb. Hate is the tomb you weave. It will not save you from your suffering. Woman: That’s what I feel. What can I do with it? KCC: Perhaps there is room to bury your hate in that small grave where we have come from.
Kung Fu – Hate – S01E04 An Eye For An Eye – David Carradine
Po: Why? Student: Because they are the most perfect flowers of all, as you are the most perfect master. Po: I cannot accept them. (Pause) Grasshopper. Were you not preparing me a gift of great beauty? Young KCC: I was master. Po: What has become of it? Young KCC: You do not want flowers. Po: Have you no love for me? Young KCC: I have only love for you. Po: The other boy does not. His was a gift without love. It was false. Young KCC: I feared you would not accept them. I feared that I would be hurt. Po: And now, have you not lost the joy we might have shared.
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Kung Fu – False Love – The Gunman – David Carradine
Caine (David Carradine): They laugh at me, master.
Master Po (Keye Luke): Good. To bring joy to others honours the giver.
Caine: But their laughter is not joyful, for it derides me.
Master Po: Are you hurt by it?
Master Po: Because you gave comfort where comfort is needed?
Caine: Was this not unmanly?
Master Po: There is a strength in us that can shatter an invisible object with a hand, which comes from a strong and disciplined body. There is another strength that allows us to feel the pain of others, and give comfort where comfort is needed. This comes from a compassionate heart. True strength must combine both, for that is in harmony with the duality of our natures. For what you have done, you may indeed take comfort in their laughter.
The clip taken from the classic 70s TV series “Kung Fu” is from the episode called “The Way of Violence Has No Mind” from Series 2. Starring David Carradine as Caine, Keye Luke as Master Po (yes they cocked up the costumes during the scene!), Robert Ito as Captain Lee the outlaw and Jesse Dizon as Quoy – the impressionable young lad who ended up choosing to follow Caine’s way of life not the outlaws.