Friday, November 10, 2006

It is Zen Biking After All. . .

I missed a post this week due to being off on Monday so I thought I would leave you all with some Zen thoughts for the weekend.

This is my interpretation of Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters, page 118:

This was the true rider of old. He rode straight and concise and did not waver. He was a humble rider but was not servile. He was independent but not stubborn, open to all single track, yet boasted about none. He smiled as if pleased, and responded to the trail naturally. His radiance came from his inner light. He remained centered even in the company of other riders. He was broadminded as if he road all trails, high-minded as if beyond influence, inward-minded as if he would like to withdraw from the trail, and absentminded as if unaware of where he is going to ride. To take biking as the wings of life is to give people something to follow. To take riding as a requirement of the times is to do things that have to be done. To consider riding as a guide for action is to be with others on the path upward. He rode effortlessly, yet people thought that he was trying very hard.
Picture was taken by Mike at Dupont. Picture ripped from Eric.

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