Thirty-some years ago I wrote:
The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu is among the most widely translated and cherished books in the world. Singular in its lucidity, revered across cultural boundaries for its timeless wisdom, it is believed among Westerners to be Lao Tzu’s only book.
Few are aware that a collection of his oral teachings on the subject of attaining enlightenment and mastery were also recorded in a book called the Hua Hu Ching (pronounced “wha hoo jing”). The teachings of the Hua Hu Ching are of genuine power and consequence, a road map to the divine realm for ordinary human beings.
Perhaps predictably, the book was banned during a period of political discord in China, and all copies were ordered to be burned. Were it not for the Taoist tradition of oral transmission of sacred scriptures from master to student, they would have been lost forever.
I no longer believe that,
nor that there was a person called Lao Tzu,
as you can read here. It’s impossible to ascertain,
it seems to me, and it also doesn’t matter. As Yuanwu wrote,
“Among the enlightened adepts, being able to speak the Truth
has nothing to do with the tongue, and being able
to talk about the Dharma is not
a matter of words.”
correct your mind, the
rest of your life will fall into place.
This is true because the mind is the governing
aspect of a human life. If the river flows
clearly and cleanly through the
proper channel, all will
be well along its
depends on decreasing, not increasing;
to correct your mind, rely on not-doing. Stop thinking
and clinging to complications; keep your mind detached and whole.
Eliminate mental muddiness and obscurity; keep your mind
crystal clear. Avoid daydreaming and allow your
pure original insight to emerge.
Quiet your emotions
and abide in
go crazy with the
worship of idols, images, and ideas;
this is like putting a new head on top of the head
you already have. Remember: if you can
cease all restless activity, your
integral nature will
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