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Bruce Lee: Dynamic Becoming [Kindle Edition]

James Bishop
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For the average person, Bruce Lee was a brief star in the entertainment industry who spawned a pop culture kung fu craze. But to those who knew him, Bruce Lee was also an author, scholar, educator, philosopher, as well as a groundbreaking martial artist; a man whose creative energy and desire to grow brought him the respect of hundreds of thousands of people.

"Bruce Lee: Dynamic Becoming" is the culmination of several years of research into the life and philosophy of Bruce Lee. The book is a serious scholastic examination of Lee’s philosophy, for the first time revealing never-before-released information regarding the sources from which Lee derived it. "Bruce Lee: Dynamic Becoming" includes interviews with students and friends of Bruce Lee who were profoundly impacted by his philosophy and is the only book on the philosophy of Bruce Lee that includes commentary on the subject by noted scholars in the mainstream philosophical and scholastic community.

"Bruce Lee: Dynamic Becoming" also examines the life of the late martial arts master and includes a new theory on the mysterious death of Bruce Lee.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Promethean Press; First Edition edition (27 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KGBGY0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and different 15 May 2013
By James
Mr Bishop's book is a welcome addition to Bruce Lee corpus, being an analysis of themes instead of one of the countless number of biographies. It dissects the roots of Bruce's philosophy without flinching from noting how many of his quotes were copied verbatim from other sources. However, as Bishop affirms, the knowledge of Bruce's sources will no doubt encourage readers to explore the original works; works they may well never have encountered otherwise. As other reviewers have commented, the book is a compilation of essays/interviews and as such there is some repetition of anecdotes, quotes and themes. I particularly enjoyed Taky Kimura's interview, the discussion of the infighting within the `Jeet Kune Do Nucleus', and a partial catalogue of Bruce's library. I'm sure that many fans will find the latter particularly interesting, as it's the only list of its kind and refers to some 367 books. Bishop clearly knows his stuff and I learned a lot from reading the book. Definitely worth buying, although it might be a slightly `heavier' read than the biographies because of the philosophical subject matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book 15 April 2015
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Amazing book that anyone interested in or studying philosophy should read especially with your a Bruce lee fan his teachings and vision of the world and people is just as inspiring as was his mastery of his martial art
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4.0 out of 5 stars I found this book interesting... 10 July 2010
By Thomas - Published on
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I found this book interesting, especially
the 12 pages of book titles attributed to being
in Bruce Lee's "library".

Really gives a snap shot of Bruce Lee's thoughts by understanding
what he read and his thought processes.

Bruce made it very clear that in the end individual
expression, self knowledge and a journey of questioning
was the path he wished those who wanted to follow his
path to follow.

We are all on that path (journey of life) and it is
different for each of us.

Thomas Keplar
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insights into Jeet Kune Do 25 Mar. 2008
By Julio Punch - Published on
This book was put together from different essays and interviews the author, James Bishop, wrote over the period of several years. Bruce Lee was also a philosoper, or better said: someone who occupied himself with Philosophy. There are many interesting insights to be found in this book about the much neglected philosophical side of Bruce Lee's art of Jeet Kune Do. I found the chapter on Bruce Lee and Gnostic Christianity and the interview with Bruce Lee historian John Litle particularly informative. The list of books Bruce Lee owned is unique.

Some facts are repeated several times. For instance: the author is of Irish ancestry and praises the work of a JKD sifu in bringing Catholics and Protestants together in war torn Ireland. This is something very positive but doesn't have to be repeated throughout the book. Still, this a very worthwhile purchase for any Bruce Lee enthousiast. Walk on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 5 Sept. 2007
By Pazylibros - Published on
You must read this one for yourself. Absolutely fascinating and enlightening. You will learn things about Bruce Lee that you never knew and a whole new world of philosophy and ways of thinking will open up for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Becoming 17 Feb. 2012
By Rick Bertoldo - Published on
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I found this collection of essays and interviews pretty interesting and it held my interest for the most part. Like everyone else these days, I have my opinion on Bruce Lee. He was a one in 6 billion athlete, an imperfect person (as most of us are) and maybe the greatest martial artist the world has ever produced. He was a gifted philosopher (maybe his BEST atribute)and having applied his "concepts" in my life (and I am not a martial artist), I am a better person for it. Where the book lost me was the VERY tedious times the author wanted everyone to know (and rightly so), that many of Bruce Lee's quotes were not actually created by him. We are all products of constant learning and most philosophy is a blessed rehash. Even the Golden Rule, who many give the Christ credit for creating, was used MANY years before he lived; the same can be said of the "mustard seed" parable. Does this make Jesus any less of what He was? Most certainly not. Jesus spoke from deep within Himself and used what was needed at the time, using that all knowing Univeral Mind. Many great persons including the great Joseph Campbell, the world's premier mythologist and author of: "Follow your bliss" can have that quote traced back in substance, to the Vedas. Bruce quoted from his experience and what a memory he had! As the the author has stated, Bruce never said he was the originator of these quotes. You can CLEARLY see that Bruce was tremendously influenced and lived by, the preceps of: the I-Ching, Zen, Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucism, Krishnamurti (who believe it or not, was influenced by certain Brahma sects that did not stress the need for a Guru)and MANY other western/eastern philosophers and positive thinking authors to numerous to mention. Also, Bruce death doesn't need to be gone over again. It seems that "been there" and "done that" are adequate and speculation doesn't serve any purpose. I have also read that a retired and very respected forensic toxicology expert, who worked for 27 years with a major police department, has stated: "From what I read about Bruce Lee's death, unless it was lead or carbon dioxide poisoning over a very long period of time, you don't get brain-swelling with injested poisoning. If you drank lye, your brain swelling wouldn't happen and would be the last thing you needed to worry about." Could very well be true. Also, some have stated over the years that Bruce used a "medicinal" hashish (did his autopsy report list traces of it in his system?), that he (again according to "sources") put in between his lip and gum (like chewing tobacco) to calm himself as he was very hyper and wine wouldn't cut it, as he didn't drink, according to many who actualy knew him well.
Back to the essence, John Little's volumes using Bruce's own writings on being an "Artist Of Life" and "The Art Of Expressing The Human Body" (Uh, oh...did Bruce invent those phrases, or not?!) are wonderful tools to change your life to the highest. And that is why people from ALL walks of life relate to him more than ever right now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Becoming 13 Feb. 2012
By S. Yoshida - Published on
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This book is not about martial arts. It is a collection of essays, articles and interviews; some were written earlier by Mr. Bishop and published in other venues. Thematically, part of the book describes Bruce Lee's legacy, particularly as it involved his family, friends, and admirers. The major focus is Lee's process of self-actualization. Based on information in this book and elsewhere, his life appears to be one of progressive self-discovery and social activism. But, death halted his personal development and further accomplishments.

This book is one of the later (2004) publications on the life of Bruce Lee. Therefore, the author benefited from the use of earlier sources of information (writings, videos, etc.) in his analysis of Lee.

I found the following especially interesting.

1. Ethnically, he was part-German and this resulted in some discrimination against him while growing up in Hong Kong. Adding in the discrimination that he encountered in the United States, these may have contributed to his becoming an advocate of social inclusion.

2. Bruce Lee needed martial arts for self-defense in Hong Kong. But, in the United States he found the study and teaching of gung fu to be ways of earning a living, gaining self-knowledge, expressing oneself and one's culture, and bringing people together. (In his interview with Pierre Berton on YouTube he acknowledged that martial arts were no match against firearms.) Later, making martial arts movies became another way to achieve these goals.

3. He may have envisioned living for about 100 years, with his life separated into three phases. The first was the development of his body and fighting skills, which he planned to retire from in the mid-1970s. The second would have been social activism and/or philanthropy. The final phase was his spiritual development.

This book had some unique information on Bruce Lee that I had never seen anywhere else.

2015 update.
Interestingly, Lee's personal library included Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
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