Long live the Young Grasshopper.
After hearing the news today of David Carridine's apparent suicide I was shocked and deeply saddened. I miss him already!
David Carridine played Kwai Chang Caine in the '70's hit series "Kung Fu" and was known by the playful title "Grasshopper".
The series takes place in the 1870's American Southwest. Kwai Chang Caine, who was half-American, half-Chinese, was raised and trained in a Shaolin temple in China since he was a young boy. His masters: Po and Kan instill ancient Buddhist wisdom to the "Young Grasshopper". After leaving the temple as a Shaolin priest Caine must avoid the bounty on his head raised by China and sought after by bounty hunters and assassins.
It was these bits of wisdom and philosophy that had given me, as a young boy myself, a great respect for Asian cultures, philosophies and martial arts. They have stayed close to my heart ever since.
We'll miss you David Carridine (December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009)...
The young Grasshopper:
All creatures have virtues: