Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | June 29, 2010

The Tao of Gong Fu: The writings of Bruce Lee

When I’m feeling a bit lost, I return to my roots. I answer my life’s problems with this simple phrase: Just do tai chi. By just doing tai chi, things reveal themselves.

One of the books I returned to today to remind myself of who I am and what I am about is a collection of Bruce Lee’s writings called The Tao of Gong Fu, edited by John Little. Bruce Lee’s understanding of gong fu, of taoism, is profound, so I recommen the book and offer a few quotes I underlined years ago to whet your appetite and as a reminder for those like me who occasionally have difficulty on the path.

“gung fu is a Way of training the mind as well as a Way of Life…it has to grow spntaneously, in a mind free from desires and emotions…the philosophy of Taoism reveals the essential unity of the universe…wuwei, which means taking no unnatural action…tao operates in yin and yang, a pair of mutually complimentary forces that are at work in and behind all phenomena…one should be in harmony with and not in opposition to the strength and force of the opposition…one should do nothing that is not natural or spontaneous…a gong fu man never asserts himself…and never puts himself in frontal direction of the force. When being attacked, he will not resist, but will control the attack by swinging with it…the emotions that destroy the inner rhythm of a man are hatred, jealousy, lust, envy, pride, vanity, covetousness, and fear…no mindedness…is a mind immune to emotional influences…a quiet awareness of whatever happens to be here and now…his mind is present everywhere because it is nowhere…move like water, rest like a mirror, respond like an echo, pass quickly like the non existent, and be quiet as purity…in order to realize his true self, a gung fu man lives without being dependent upon the opinion of others…he is completely self sufficient…the core principle of gung fu is Tao–the spontaneity of the universe…learn the art of detachment…preserve yourself by following the natural bends of things and don’t interfere, control it by swinging with it…the assimilation of the Tao has its foundation in meekness, tenderness, poverty of spirit, and quietness…move forward in harmony with the fluctuating movements of the cosmic spirit…leave all things to take their natural course, and do not interfere…”



  1. In looking up Mike Murdock – I came across you, Mike, and your site. And what a treasure it is – Thank you! Although I worship daily and continually, Sunday a.m.’s are special times I put aside to read, pray, meditate and already I have learned things from your site to both reflect on and to also put into practice in ways of thinking and more.

    Be in touch.
    Jill from Portland OR

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