Inner Peace (Part One)


To my great surprise I found so much wisdom in the animated “Kung Fu Panda 2” comedy film that I saw the other day. The theme of it is Inner Peace. I want to say big Thank you to its female Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson for creating such a masterpiece. I am sure the film will win Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. See the film to learn full story, but for now enjoy my favorite passages and savor them:

[meditating]
Shifu: Inner peace. Inner peace
[suddenly we hear Po approaching loudly in the background]
Shifu: Ahh! Inner peace.
Po: Master Shifu? Master Shifu? What have we got? Pirates? Vandals of volcano mountain? Whatever it is, I will take them down. Cause I am in a mood. I need to get somethin’ done. You know what I mean?
[Shifu ignore Po and continues meditating with his eyes closed]
Po: Uh..what are you doing?
Shifu: One of master Oogway’s final teachings.

[Master Shifu carefully handles a water droplet and lets it go onto to a leaf intact]
Po: How did you do that?
Shifu: Inner peace.
Po: Inner peace. That’s cool! Inner peace of what?
Shifu: It is the next phase of your training. Every master must find his path to inner peace. Some choose to meditate for fifty years in a cave just like this, without the slightest taste of food or water.
[Po’s stomach makes a loud growling noise]
Po: Or?
Shifu: Some find it through pain and suffering, as I did. Po, the day you were chosen as Dragon Warrior, was the worst day of my life. By far, nothing else came close. It was the worst, most painful, mind destroying, horrible moment…
Po: Okay.
Shifu: …I have ever experienced.
[he shudders at the thought of it]

Shifu: But once I realized the problem was not you, but within me, I found inner peace. And was able to harness the flow of the universe.
Po: So that’s it? I just need inner peace? My innards are already super, super peaceful. So all I need to do is just get this thing going. Inner peace? You’re goin’ down! Now show me what you were doing there with your feet? I saw you do sorta fancy foot thing?

Po: How can kung fu stop something that stops kung fu?

Master Shifu: Remember, Dragon Warrior, anything is possible when you have inner peace.

Soothsayer: Your story may not have such a happy beginning but that doesn’t make you who you are, it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be.

Tigress: The mast is not a worthy opponent.

Tigress: Po, why are you really out here?
Po: I just found out that my dad isn’t really my dad.
Tigress: Your dad, the goose? Must have been quite a shock.
Po: Yeah.
Tigress: And this bothers you?
Po: Are you kiddin’ me? We’re warriors, right? Nerves of steel! Souls of platinum! Like you! So hard core you don’t feel anything.

Tigress: The hardcore do understand, but I can’t watch my friend be killed.

Po: I’m not freaking out, I’m freakin in!

Soothsayer: Stop fighting. Just let it flow.

Soothsayer: If you continue on your current path, you will find yourself…at the bottom of the stairs. I see…I see…I see….pain!
Shen: Ow!
Soothsayer: And anger.
Shen: How dare you! That is the finest silk in the province!
Soothsayer: Followed by denial.

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