“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
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Kung Fu: On Unconditional Love
Unlike most of these clips in which the young Caine is older, David Carradine’s brother, Keith takes David’s place.
Master Po: Where is evil? In the rat, whose nature it is to steal grain. Or in the cat? Whose nature it is to kill the rat.
Young Caine: The rat steals. Yet for him the cat is evil.
Master Po: And to the cat, the rat.
Young Caine: Yet master, surely one of them is evil.
Master Po: The rat does not steal. The cat does not murder. Rain falls, the stream flows, a hill remains. Each acts according to its nature.
Young Caine: Then is there no evil for men? Each man tells himself that what he does is good. At least for himself.
Master Po: Grasshopper. A man may tell himself many things. But is a man’s universe made only of himself?
Young Caine: If a man hurts me, and I punish him – perhaps he will not hurt another.
Master Po: And if you do nothing?
Young Caine: He will believe he may do as he wishes.
Master Po: Perhaps. Or perhaps he will learn that some men receive injury, but return kindness.
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Kung Fu – Return Injury with Kindness – S01E11 Chains
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Master Kan: Had you good cause to risk this danger?
Caine: My purpose was to prove my agility and my courage.
Master Kan: I had hoped such qualities were already yours.
Caine: I sought to test them.
Master Kan: For yourself or them? Is it not better to see yourself truly than care about how others see you?
Caine: Yes, Master. If I look truly, will I see truly?
Master Kan: It can be done.
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Kung Fu – Seeing Truly – S01E09 The Soldier – David Carradine
Young Caine: He fights with such power. He is the strongest and surely the best.
Master Kan: He is the strongest… and the weakest. He will soon be dismissed.
Young Caine: You confuse me, master.
Master Kan: What is gained by using one’s strength in violence and anger?
Young Caine: A victory that is swift.
Master Kan: Yet to be violent is to be weak. Violence has no mind. Is it not wiser to seek a man’s love than to desire his swift defeat?
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Kung Fu – Violence – S02E15 The Way of Violence Has No Mind – David Carradine
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
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Student: Master, I have gathered these for you.
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
Published on Oct 11, 2012
I don’t own this. No copyright infringement intended. I like this scene and lesson. One of my favorite episodes.
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.
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Kung Fu: On Policing the Bro Code
KCC: “If one’s words are not better than silence, one should keep silent.”
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Kung Fu: When to be Silent and When to Speak