focus, purity, stillness

 

All that’s

important is concentrated

focus, purity, and stillness. Even when

you are engaged in doing things, this is not something

external. Take hold of them and return them to yourself —

this is what wondrous function is. The eighty thousand

sensory afflictions are immediately transformed

into eighty thousand means of transcendence,

and there is no more need to make

a special point of studying

with teachers.

 

Yuanwu

 

tao gives rise to all forms

The Tao

gives rise to all forms,

yet it has no form of its own.

If you attempt to fix a picture of

it in your mind, you will lose

it. This is like pinning a

butterfly: the husk is

captured, but the

flying is

lost.

 

Why not be

content with simply

experiencing

it?

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 6

 

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quiet mind, untroubled heart

 

Pause 

to consider 

the widespread degree 

to which people prefer chasing 

fame and fortune to refining their 

understanding of the Way. The evidence 

is that status and riches make people 

more insecure and frantic, 

not less, but do 

they examine 

this?

 

The wise 

person does,

and acts accordingly. 

She divests herself of unnecessary 

possessions and abandons frenetic activity. 

With her quiet mind and untroubled 

heart, she is at home anywhere 

in the universe wearing 

a patched 

robe.

 

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the universe is already a harmonious oneness

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Forget

about understanding and 

harmonizing and making all things one. 

The universe is already a harmonious 

oneness; just realize

that. 

 

If you 

scramble about in

search of inner peace, 

you will lose your 

inner peace.

 

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favor and disgrace are equally problematic

Favor

and disgrace are

equally problematic. Hope

and fear are phantoms

of the body.

 

What

does it mean that

“favor and disgrace are

equally problematic”? Favor

lifts you up; disgrace knocks you down.

Either one depends on the opinions

of others and causes you to

depart from your

center.

 

What

does it mean that

“hope and fear are phantoms

of the body”? When you regard your

body as your self, hope and fear have real

power over you. If you abandon the

notion of body as self, hope

and fear cannot

touch you.

 

Know

the universe as

your self, and you can live

absolutely anywhere in comfort.

Love the world as your self,

and you’ll be able

to care for it

properly.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 13

 

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