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Old 01-07-09, 03:37 PM
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Best Bicycling Quote, EVER!

‘A Zen teacher saw five of his students returning from the market, riding their bicycles. When they arrived at the monastery and had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, “Why are you riding your bicycles?”

The first student replied, “The bicycle is carrying this sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!” The teacher praised the first student. “You are a smart boy! When you grow old, you will not walk hunched over like I do.”

The second student replied, “I love to watch the trees and fields pass by as I roll down the path!” The teacher commended the second student, “Your eyes are open, and you see the world.”

The third student replied, “When I ride my bicycle, I am content to chant nam myoho renge kyo.” The teacher gave his praise to the third student, “Your mind will roll with the ease of a newly trued wheel.”

The fourth student replied, “Riding my bicycle, I live in harmony with all sentient beings.” The teacher was pleased and said to the fourth student, “You are riding on the golden path of non-harming.”

The fifth student replied, “I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle.” The teacher sat at the feet of the fifth student and said, “I am your student.”’

--Zen proverb
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Nice. Not quite zen (or is it?), but my current favorite is:

"'Shut up body, and do what I tell you!" - Jens Voigt
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Old 01-08-09, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by harleyfrog View Post
The fifth student replied, “I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle.” The teacher sat at the feet of the fifth student and said, “I am your student.”

--Zen proverb
I think the same thing was said in several different ways in this thread.
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"My mountain bike is slow, but the earth is patient!"
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A zen story like that is called a koan. They're meant to be somewhat difficult to understand at first but have a deep moral or instructive lesson. Here's my favorite koan:

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.


Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!
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Old 01-08-09, 04:28 PM
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"Cycling keeps me young."

I'm 64 and it works for me.
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Old 01-09-09, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Pocko View Post
"My mountain bike is slow, but the earth is patient!"
Ahh yes, the High Road to China.
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Old 01-09-09, 12:22 AM
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^ Hahaha... very good Daniel San!

What about... "One often finds his destiny in the mountain bike trail he takes to avoid it!"
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I believe it was HG Wells who said "Bicycle tracks... will abound in Utopia?
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we were unlocking today, and someone says "god speed on your ten speed" i kinda liked that.
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Originally Posted by kylejack View Post
A zen story like that is called a koan. They're meant to be somewhat difficult to understand at first but have a deep moral or instructive lesson. Here's my favorite koan:

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!
I'm a little dim-witted, but is the "Western translation" of that story the saying that goes, "Stop and smell the roses."?
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Old 01-11-09, 07:43 PM
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^ I think it means, when you're about to die... your last meal will always taste good!!

... or when you're about to crash land from a 10-foot-plus mis-judged jump and things go slow-motion while you're waiting to break your bones from the rocks below... the faces of your family members flashing in front of your very eyes, seem... well... very colorful indeed!
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If you have ever read Mark Twain his discription of Taming the Bicycle is one of the best. The quote sounds good after reading the story.

https://www.online-literature.com/twain/1323/

The quote:
Get a bicycle.You will not regret it if you live.
- Mark Twain
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Old 01-11-09, 09:33 PM
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If you have ever read Mark Twain his discription of Taming the Bicycle is one of the best. The quote sounds good after reading the story.

https://www.online-literature.com/twain/1323/

The quote:
Get a bicycle.You will not regret it if you live.
- Mark Twain
And even if you do die, you will not be alive to regret it.
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^ Doesn't get anymore Zen than that!
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Surely you all must know this Zen parable:

The Zen Master approached the new student and asked: "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" The student looked dumbfounded and could not answer. So the Zen Master slapped him.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
I'm a little dim-witted, but is the "Western translation" of that story the saying that goes, "Stop and smell the roses."?
Its sort of similar to the Serenity Prayer.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.

In other words, the message here is to not dwell on things you have absolutely no control over. He was going to die, that much was clear, and yet here was an opportunity to have some delicious happiness before the tigers ate him.
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Originally Posted by kylejack View Post
A zen story like that is called a koan. They're meant to be somewhat difficult to understand at first but have a deep moral or instructive lesson. Here's my favorite koan:

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.


Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!
It means "live in the now." The tiger that almost ate him before was in the past and doesn't matter now. The one that is waiting to eat him in the future also doesn't matter now. In the now, he is enjoying a strawberry.
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Originally Posted by bent eagle View Post
It means "live in the now." The tiger that almost ate him before was in the past and doesn't matter now. The one that is waiting to eat him in the future also doesn't matter now. In the now, he is enjoying a strawberry.
If that is the case I am not sure a Zen master ever rode a bike. Live on memories and dreams. We remember or last great ride and look forward to our next great ride.
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