from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu, Chapter 15

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 A

sage is subtle,

intuitive, penetrating,

profound. His depths

are mysterious and

unfathomable.

 

The best one

can do is describe his appearance:

he is as alert as a person crossing a winter

stream; as circumspect as a person with neighbors

on all four sides; as respectful as a thoughtful

guest; as yielding as melting ice;

as simple as uncarved wood;

as open as a valley;

as chaotic as

a muddy

torrent.

 

Why “chaotic

as a muddy torrent”?

Because clarity is learned by

being patient in the heart of chaos.

Tolerating disarray, remaining at rest,

gradually one learns to allow muddy

water to settle and proper

responses to reveal

themselves…

 

from the Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 15


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Lord,

make me an

instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt,

faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness,

light; Where there is sadness, joy, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and

it is in dying that we are

born to Eternal

Life.

 

Saint Francis

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes: Hexagram 22, Pi (Grace)

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Inside,

the strength of simplicity

and self-knowledge. Outside, the

beauty of acceptance

and gentleness.


This

hexagram

encourages you to

cultivate a quality of grace

in your relationships and in your

general way of being. In this way you gain

a power greater than any other to open a way

through obstruction in your dealings with

others. Good fortune is yours if you

concentrate on bringing more

grace to your thoughts

and actions

now.


It is

human nature

to want to use forceful ways

to try to get what we want from others

and from life. Our egos encourage us to act

aggressively, to speak boldly, to intimidate others,

to “buffalo” our way through difficult situations.

This false power can be momentarily satisfying

to our ego, and temporary victories can be

won in this way, but genuine power

and lasting progress come from

a different kind of strength

altogether.


They

come from inner

strength, which is characterized

by a steadfast devotion to the principles

of humility, simplicity, equanimity,

and acceptance…

 

…By

practicing quiet

strength within and gentle

acceptance without, you acquire

a grace that dissolves

all barriers to

progress.


The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 22, Pi (Grace)


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Treatise on Sitting Forgetting: Three Precepts

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 If you

want to cultivate

the Way and attain realization,

first get rid of warped behaviors. With

external affairs cut off so that there is nothing

to get on your mind, then sit straight and gaze inwardly

with accurate awareness. As soon as you notice

a thought arise, immediately extinguish it;

arrest thoughts as they arise, in

order to make your mind

peaceful and

quiet.

 

Next,

even though you

may not obviously have

any obsessions, still floating,

wandering, random thoughts are also

to be extinguished. Work diligently day and

night, never giving up for a moment; but only extinguish

the stirring mind, do not extinguish the shining mind.

Disappear into the empty mind; do not disappear

into the possessive mind. Do not dwell

on any thing and the

mind will be

stable.

 

This

method is mysterious,

with benefits that are very profound.

Unless you already have affinity for the Way

and have undivided faith in it,

you cannot truly

appreciate

it.

 

Even

if you know how

to recite the texts, you still have

to discern reality from artificiality. Why?

Sound and form dim the mind, falsehoods fool the ears;

personality and ego become second nature, the

disease of self-affirmation is deep-seated.

When the mind is separated from

the Way, the principle is hard

to comprehend.

 

If you

wish to return to

the supreme Way, have

deep faith and first accept

three precepts. If you practice in

accord with these three precepts

consistently from beginning to

end, then you will attain

the true Way. The three

precepts are:

 

1. simplifying involvements

2. not craving anything

3. quieting the mind

 

If you

diligently practice

these three precepts without

flagging, then even if you

have no mind to seek

the Way the Way

will come of

itself.

 
Treatise on Sitting Forgetting