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The Perils of the Professional Handicapper

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Scottydog
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I've always loved this ink drawing by the great Zen teacher Hakuin (1686 -1768.) It's called "Two blind men crossing a log bridge," and is supposed to reflect to perilous journey to enlightenment over the ever present abyss or uncertainties of life. In the case of the professional handicapper, it could mean many things: perhaps the difficulties of trying to uncover profitable angles to help others, but in any event the goal is to reach the other side albeit one step at a time.

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One is DubV and the other is Marco....lol

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Amazing painting, Scotty. Thanks for sharing, I just downloaded that to my photos.

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is something like that for sale

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I'm sure you can buy prints, but this is a pretty important piece of art in the Zen world and you'd probably have to kill several dozen samurai to get your hands on it.

Actually, it is in a private collection (Gitter Collection) and due to the enormous popularity of Hakuin, not only as one of the great zen teachers, he is also revered as one of the great artists too. Only a guess, but this is probably worth $10+ million. Any museum would love to own this.

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Great post Scottydog.

On a side note...I'm part Japanese and I haven't even seen this picture before -.- lol

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There's actually a very rich history of Zen paintings and calligraphy going back to 5th-6th century China. Google images has tons of pictures.

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Very nice piece ...

 

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stevecaswell

is something like that for sale

It looks like a picture of me snow skiing drawn in crayon by my 5 year old.  How does $5 plus shipping sound?

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Scottydog
It's called "Two blind men crossing a log bridge," and is supposed to reflect to perilous journey to enlightenment over the ever present abyss or uncertainties of life.

Maybe it metophorically means, being "blind" and looking for enlightenment; which their is no obtainment, path, bridge, or guideline.  The blind men cannot see the abyss; so in reality it only exists in those that bring it to awareness.

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In the case of the professional handicapper, it could mean many things: perhaps the difficulties of trying to uncover profitable angles to help others, but in any event the goal is to reach the other side albeit one step at a time.

We are all apprentices in a craft which has no masters.  The fallacy of superiority has been well documented.

 

Humility is often one of the best indicators of where some one is in relationship to their approach on life regardless of age. We must possess the ability to laugh at ourselves and surroundings; and learn from our mistakes by being a better person that continually grows. 

A mind numbing still forest pond examination absent of preconcieved notions to erase all that is known to see things more clearly.

Most times it has little to do with being right or wrong; but how one responds, or does not respond.  Marriage can be a good testament.

 

Insanity:  Doing the same thing and expecting different results.

We shall see.

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