make a oneness of the world

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Once 

you’ve begun 

to understand the Way, 

concentrate upon it without 

pause. This is the sunlight 

that matures the fruit 

of your realization. 

 

Maintaining 

your insight through 

whatever comes, you make 

a Oneness of the world, and

conditions such as “good”

and “bad” drop 

away.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 40

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Thus 

the superior warrior 

lures and deceives, falls back 

and then surges, drawing the opponent 

this way and that into the path of his strikes.  

His emphasis is not on the effect of 

one movement, but rather

the weight of his

combinations.

 

He 

uses his soldiers 

like a multitude of arrows and stones, 

sometimes keeping them still, sometimes releasing 

them in a terrible storm, like boulders

hurtling down a steep mountain.  

This is the way to 

shape energy 

in war.

 

from The Art of War, Chapter V

 

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Center

your attention. Stop

listening with your ears and listen with

your mind. Then stop listening with your mind and

listen with your primal spirit. Hearing is limited to the

ear. Mind is limited to tallying things up. But

the primal spirit is empty: it’s simply

that which awaits

things.

 

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master’s

handiwork cannot

be measured but still priests wag

their tongues explaining the “Way” and

babbling about “Zen.” This old monk has never

cared for false piety and my nose

wrinkles at the dark smell of

incense before the

Buddha.

 

Crazy Cloud

speaks of Daito’s unsurpassed

brilliance but the clatter of royal carriages

about the temple gates drowns him out and no

one listens to tales of the Patriarch’s long

years of hunger and homelessness

beneath Gojo

Bridge.

 

Ikkyu

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In order to deepen his Zen understanding, Daito Kokushi (also known as Shuho Myocho, 1281-1338), the founder of Daitoku-ji, passed a number of years hiding out amoung the beggars clustered about Kyoto’s Gojo Bridge.