Goa Tse

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“He opened me wide”
~ Oscar Wilde on Goa Tse

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Sacred symbol of Goa Tse, carved relief from the Temple of Wang in Beijing, China.

Goa Tse (also spelt Goatze, Goa'Tse) was a Taoist monk in the line of Chuang Tse (Tzu), active in the Chinese province of Yughease around 455 BC. Famous for writing an early I Ching lecture book, Goa Tse was to become a key figure within Chinese philosophical thinking, and although many of the tales surrounding him are more mythological than historical, a number of facts about his life have survived.

Early Life

Little is known of Goa Tse's early life. He first comes into prominence as a courtier during the reign of the Zhou Ophile Dynasty. China during the 4th Century BCE was a time of transition, with invaders from both the west and east infringing upon the kingdom's territory. It was into this maelstrom of activity that the young Goa Tse began to expound a new approach to life. Whilst meditating on the Noble Truth of the Buddha: "Existence is suffering", Goa Tse attempted the complicated Yoga manouver "Rabbit digs the burrow", and discovered his personal path to enlightenment.

Expansion as a Martial Artform

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The Gloom Temple of Goatse in Quaketoo

Goa Tse realised the potential chi energy in his meditative practices could be harnessed and used for defence as well as meditation. Thus did he develop the martial art now known as Goa Tse Do or "Way of the Expanding Ring".

Goa Tse realised that energy was needlessly wasted performing the complicated forms that traditional Kung Fu training focussed on. He believed that just one manoeuvre, performed correctly, could prevent a confrontation before it occurred. For the next eight years, he meditated silently on the issue of how this ultimate move could be executed, all the while performing the stretching exercises that helped to purify his thoughts.

In his eigth year of meditation, Goa Tse was disturbed by bandits who came to raid his temple. As they approached, Goa Tse calmly walked out of the front gate, turned his back to them, and lifted his ceremonial robe. The bandits apparently laughed but for a second, until Goa Tse expanded himself to his fullest extent. The story has it that the bandit leader dropped dead on the spot, whilst the others recoiled in horror and rode off vomiting profusely.

Few Goa Tse Do practitioners are thought to exist today; however, if you really want to go there, you could probably find a few of them on the internet. But don't say we didn't warn you.

Goa Tse Fortune Telling Methodology

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Sacred symbol of Goa Tse

Goa Tse's method for solving the fortune telling hexagram was to try to press down six coloured sticks into a narrow bottle. The number of sticks that broke told him the answer. Over time changes were incorporated into the system, first eight sticks, then ten sticks, then large projectile plugs, each having a specific meaning to the practitioner.

Famous Goa Tse Quotes

  • The wider the Gate, the closer to Paradise.
  • Just like the Sage who opens to the higher, Goatze opens his lower
  • The foundation for enlightenment is to ensure a good grounding
  • The foolish man remains closed and tight, the wise man stretches himself in every way
  • In the center, there is void
  • Enlightenment cannot be attained until the fourth eye is wide open
  • Small person, large receptacle

Great Works

Goa Tse is famed as the author of a number of key books detailing not only the Goa Tse branch of Taoism, but also aspects of other eastern paths, and a treatise on I Ching.

His surviving works include:

  • Ka Ra Te Dong - The Way of the Clenched Fist
  • Hung Wang - Stretching Exercises for Tai Chi
  • Meh It'ching - I Ching for Beginners
  • Sum Bum Fun - Crouching Actress, Hidden Baseball Bat [1]
  • Sum Yung Ho - Parable of a Delinquent Schoolgirl

School of Wang

A number of schools of Goa Tse sprang up throughout Asia during the first centuries of the Current Era, but none have had as lasting an effect upon the discipline as the School of Wang. Named after the Goa Tse Master Wang G'rth, the first was opened in Tai Pan, and quickly spread throughout both China and the Indian Subcontinent. Soon openings to join the schools that had stretched from coast to coast had enabled the study of Goa Tse to overtake Buddhism, Shinto and Fascism as the main religion of Asia.

Influence on Society

Goa Tse managed to have such an influence on modern society, that Stalin came up with the following quote regarding Goa Tse, "In Soviet Russia, Goa Tse YOU!!". This was shortly before the USSR indoctrinated the philosophy that the world now knows as Goatse.

The sacred symbol of Goa Tse's tremendous iconic power has seen much usage in art [2] [3] [4] and graphic design, particularly book and magazine covers [5] [6] and corporate logos [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15].

Testaments to Goa Tse are increasingly popular with the spread of wiki-based social networking sites such as Wikipedia, where members seeking other members post "userboxes" featuring popular adepts of Goa Tse Do. Indeed, Goatsewin's Law states that: "As the number of edits on a wiki page increases, the probability of a Goa Tse being placed at the top approaches one."

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^ 1. Accuracy of translation debated.

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