gentleness

 

Counsel

others as the Sage counsels

you: through making an example

of correctness, through quiet

perseverance, and through

gentleness.

 

sixth changing line,

Hexagram 50: Ting / The Caldron

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

 

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tao te ching ☯️ chapter 58

arp244: the antennae

 
 

When the government is

dull and sleepy, people are wholesome

and good. When the government is sharp and

exacting, people are cunning

and mean.

 

Good rests upon bad.

Bad hides within good.

Who knows where the

turning point is?

 

Whether government or 

person,  if you aren’t tranquil and honest, the 

normal flips to the abnormal, the auspicious reverts 

to the bizarre, and your bewilderment

lasts for a long time.

 

Therefore the sage

does what is right without acting

righteous, points without piercing,

straightens without straining,

enlightens without

dazzling.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 58


 

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note to self

Take care not to:
talk too much
talk too fast
talk without being asked to
talk gratuitously
talk with your hands
talk about worldly affairs
talk back rudely
argue
smile condescendingly at others’ words
use elegant expressions
boast
avoid speaking directly
speak with a knowing air
jump from topic to topic
use fancy words
speak of past events that cannot be changed
speak like a pedant
avoid direct questions
speak ill of others
speak grandly of enlightenment
carry on while drunk
speak in an obnoxious manner
yell at children
make up fantastic stories
speak while angry
name-drop
ignore the people to whom you are speaking
speak sanctimoniously of gods and buddhas
use sugary speech
use flattering speech
speak of things of which you have no knowledge
monopolize the conversation
talk about others behind their backs
speak with conceit
bad-mouth others
chant prayers ostentatiously
complain about the amount of alms
give long-winded sermons
speak affectedly like an artist
speak affectedly like a tea master

 

Ryokan

 

the perfect means of achieving freedom

sky clouds swimmer

 

Without thought, 

without mind, without self, 

there is only freedom. The direct, 

reliable, and perfect means of 

achieving this is to become 

wholly absorbed in 

the breath.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 16

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