A poisoned dragon is a student who has great potential, but falls into the traps of the ego, becoming arrogant and full of doubt towards their teacher.
This student can no longer be taught, can no longer learn, because he or she believes they have already learned it all. The student is a dragon because of their innate abilities for martial and spiritual skill. However the dragon comes upon a plateau, one of many plateaus upon the path. He or she feels they have accomplished much already, as if they have reached the top of the mountain. Since the dragon is still young, it only sees as if through a small keyhole looking into the vast infinite universe, like a horse with blinders.
The dragon does not realize the true level of their teacher, because they can only imagine the world as far as they themselves can comprehend it. The dragon believes they have reached the top, or even surpassed the level of their teacher! But the dragon’s cup has become full. Arrogance and doubt become like poison to the spirit of the dragon, and only negative and competitive energy can be felt.
If only the dragon could become humble again, like a child soaking up everything in their present moment, seeing each entity they come across as a teacher of great lessons. Then the dragon’s spirit would fly again, and cannot help but learn from every friend or foe, as well as honor their teacher, and their teacher’s teacher, who has taught them everything they know.
To become a poisoned dragon should not be seen as a defining state. It can always be transformed, and surely many of the masters of the world were once poisoned dragons. We should see it is a transitory state, one in which we pass through, like all things. We should hope, anyway, that all students may pass through to the other side and find humility and surrender.
The tip of the roof always wears away the fastest. Why should one wish to always be the best at everything? If you always consider oneself as the top, then where is there left to go, what is there left to learn or improve upon? Put oneself down, make the self unimportant, and this is where the next level of skill will originate.