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THE TRUE MEN OF OLD were not afraid when they stood alone in their views. No great exploits. No plans. If they failed, no sorrow. No self-congratulation in success.

The true men of old knew no lust for life, no dread of death. Their entrance was without gladness, their exit, yonder, without resistance. Easy come, easy go. They did not forget where from, nor ask where to, nor drive grimly forward fighting their way through life. They took life as it came, gladly; took death as it came, without care; and went away, yonder. Yonder!

They had no mind to fight the Tao. They did not try by their own contriving to help the Tao along. These are the ones we call true men.

Minds free, thoughts gone. Brows clear, faces serene.

Goods and possessions are no gain in his eyes. He stays far from wealth and honor. Long life is no ground for joy, nor early death for sorrow. Success is not for him to be proud of, failure is no shame. Had he all the world's power he would not hold it as his own. If he conquered everything he would not take it to himself. His glory is in knowing that all things come together in One, and life and death are equal.

The man in whom the Tao acts without impediment harms no other being by his actions, yet he does not know himself to be kind or gentle. He does not bother with his own interests and does not despise others who do. He does not struggle to make money and does not make a virtue of poverty. He goes his way without relying on others and does not pride himself on walking alone. While he does not follow the crowd he won't complain of those who do. Rank and reward make no appeal to him; disgrace and shame do not deter him. He is not always looking for right and wrong, always deciding "Yes" or "No." The ancients said, therefore:

The man of Tao remains unknown
Perfect virtue produces nothing
No-Self is True-Self
And the greatest man is Nobody

~

Writing: The Way of Chuang Tzu
Translated by:
Thomas Merton
Art: Buddha Statue Shop

One to One

Magical


WHERE ARE WE GOING? said Pooh hurrying after him and wondering whether it was to be an Explore or a 'What shall I do about you know what.'

"Nowhere," said Christopher Robin.

So they began going there, and after they had walked a little way, Christopher Robin said:
"What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?"

(And of course, what Pooh liked doing best was going to Christopher Robin's house and eating, but since we've already quoted that, we don't think we need to quote it again.)

"I like that too," said Christopher Robin, "but what I like doing best is Nothing."

"How do you do Nothing?" asked Pooh, after he had wondered for a long time.

"Well, it's what people call out at you just as they're going off to do it. What are you going to do, Christopher Robin, and you say, ‘Oh, Nothing,’ and then you go and do it."

"Oh, I see," said Pooh.

"This is a Nothing sort of thing we're doing now."

"Oh, I see," said Pooh again.

"It means just going along, listening to all the things you cannot hear, and not bothering.

Chuang Tzu put it this way:

Consciousness wandered North to the land of Dark Waters and climbed the Unnoticeable Slope, where he met the Speechless Non-Doer. "I have three questions for you," Consciousness said, "First, what thoughts and efforts will lead us to understanding the Tao? Second, where must we go and what must we do to find peace in the Tao? Third, from what point must we start and which road must we follow in order to reach the Tao? Speechless Non-Doer gave him no answer.

Consciousness traveled South to the land of the Bright Ocean and climbed the mountain of Certainty, where he met the Impulsive Speech-Maker. He asked him the same three questions. "Here are the answers," Impulsive Speech-Maker replied. But as soon as he started to speak, he became confused and forgot what he was talking about.

Consciousness returned to the Palace and asked the Yellow Emperor, who told him, "To have no thought and put forth no effort is the first step towards understanding the Tao. To go nowhere and do nothing is the first step towards finding peace in the Tao. To start from no point and follow no road is the first step towards reaching the Tao."

What Chuang Tzu, Christopher Robin and Pooh are describing is the Great Secret, the key that unlocks the doors of wisdom, happiness and truth. What is that magical, mysterious something? Nothing. To the Taoist, Nothing is something, and Somethingat least the sort of thing that many consider to be importantis really nothing at all. Our explanation of this will attempt to give some sort of indication of what the Taoists call T'ai Hsu, the "Great Nothing."

We will begin with an illustration from the writing of Chuang Tzu:

On his way back from the K'un-lun Mountains, the Yellow Emperor lost the Dark Pearl of Tao. He sent Knowledge to find it, but Knowledge was unable to understand it. He sent Distant Vision, but Distant Vision was unable to see it. He sent Eloquence, but Eloquence was unable to describe it.

Finally, he sent Empty Mind, and Empty Mind came back with the Pearl.

~

Writing: The Tao of Pooh
by Benjamin Hoff
 

Beautiful Words


Perfectly Fulfilled

The Tao is called the Great Mother:
Empty yet inexhaustible,
It gives birth to infinite worlds.

It is always present within you.
You can use it anyway you want.

The Tao is like a well
Used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
Filled with infinite possibilities

It is hidden but always present.
I don’t know who gave birth to it.
It is older than God.

The Tao is infinite, eternal.
Why is it eternal?
It was never born;
Thus it can never die.
Why is it infinite?
It has no desires for itself;
Thus it is present for all beings.

The Master stays behind;
That is why she is ahead.
She is detached from all things;
That is why she is one with them.
Because she has let go of herself,
She is perfectly fulfilled.

 


  

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Writing: Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu
Translated by: Stephen Mitchell

Sights & Sounds

Tao of the Traveller
Barbara Bossert Ramsay
8:28 min

 

 

Funny One!

A Rested Mind

"You have the right to remain silent!"

 

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