Moo Do Philosophy - The Right Understanding

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 5:57pm — Grandmaster

The Right Understanding
The Right Understanding is sometime called “Wisdom”. It is often translated as “discernment” as it provides a sense of direction and at a higher level, the right view and right direction. This is the right way of looking at life, nature and the world as they really are. Simply put, it is to look at life and nature in a way that one understands how things really are. Understanding the right view inspires the practitioner to lead a virtuous life in line with our Moo Do philosophy.  
On a less lofty level, having the Right Understanding helps the practitioner to better understand how to proceed in the future. It helps the practitioner to better understand how to get from where they are to where they want to be.
I remember a friend of mine one time explaining it as flying at 30,000 feet as opposed to barely off the ground. With the Right Understanding, your vantage point is elevated and you see things more clearly. You not only see things more clearly, you focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want. This type of mindset is a true paradigm shift for most people. With it, you achieve things more quickly as you have a better idea of where you are going. You also have a better feel of what is between you and your goals.
Another important aspect of the right understanding has to do with effective human interaction and or human relations. Have you ever experienced a communication breakdown or disconnect? We all have. This is most often because one or both of the parties communicating do not have the right understanding of how the other is feeling or perceiving things. In this case, perception is reality to everyone involved.
One way to quickly close the loop is to ask better questions. What follows are some great examples:
“I am not sure I’m getting this, can you tell me again how you feel?” …Or,
 “Can you tell me more to help me better understand how you are feeling?”… Or,
“Can you possibly give me an example to help me better understand how you are feeling?”
Asking better questions allows you to seek better understanding and shows the other person you care. If that care is genuine, it will be felt and appreciated even if both parties don’t see eye to eye.
In class, I often talk about it’s not more information but rather more application. Conversely, the above case is all about getting more information so you can improve application. In other words, to help someone it is often necessary to understand where they are coming from. As a martial practitioner, an instructor, and or black belt leader, it always helps to have the right understanding.
Here’s a great story that exemplifies how understanding often works. I hope you like it as much as I do…J
A much revered, very wise, aged head monk and martial arts master is on his deathbed. His students are gathered for the deathwatch, arranged with the smartest of the students at the masters head, the next smartest second, and so on, down to the pitied dunce of the class, at the foot of the bed. As it becomes increasingly apparent that the old master was soon to depart, his best student learned over and whispered, “Before you leave us, could you please, finally, give us THE secret of life itself, great master teacher, sir?
After a few moments of thought, with considerable effort, the master managed to call out, “Life is like a river.”
The honored student turned to the one next to him and said, “The master said ‘life is like a river.’ Pass it down.” And so each student in turn passed the wisdom down to the next. But the dunce said, ‘Hey, wait a minute. Life is like a river? What does that mean? Ask him what he meant by that.”
Ashamed and tentative, each student passed the question back up the line. The best student again leaned over and said, “I’m  sorry, master teacher, but the dunce, down at the end, he does not understand. He wants to know: what do you mean? – life is like a river.”
With every ounce of strength remaining in his dying, frail body, the wise old master teacher managed these last words: “Okay, so it’s not like a river.”