abide by tao, and everything will transform


 

Tao

doesn’t do anything, yet

it leaves nothing

undone.
 
 
If you

abide by it,

everything in existence

will transform itself. When, in the

process of self-transformation, desires

are aroused, calm them

with nameless

simplicity.
 
 
When

desires are dissolved

in the primal presence, peace

and harmony naturally occur,

and the world orders

itself.
 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 37


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hexagram 3 ☯️ difficulty at the beginning


 

If we persevere a great success is at hand.

 
The literal translation of “chun” is “a blade of grass pushing against an obstacle as it sprouts out of the earth.” Receiving this hexagram is a sign that beyond the difficulties and pressures that surround you, a success lies waiting. In order to bring it fully into the light, you must be patient and persevere in nonaction.
 
No matter how fervently one desires to resolve a situation, to intervene impatiently now will only hinder the progress of good fortune. Accept and bear with the discomfort of chaos without attempting to push it away. Allowing it to clear of its own accord, in its own time, is the only way of insuring a subsequent blossoming of success.
 
Hold to proper principles. In your actions, seek and respect the counsel of the Sage. Allow those whose hearts are true to assist you wherever possible; be tolerant of all others. In this way the blessing that now lies hidden will come into the open.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 3, Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning

 

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tao makes the whole world one

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Tao is a

whirling emptiness, yet

when used it cannot be exhausted.

Out of this mysterious well

flows everything in

existence.

 

Blunting

sharp edges, untangling

knots, softening the glare, it

evolves us all and makes

the whole world

one. 

 

Something is

there, hidden and 

But I do not know whose

child it is — icame

even before

God. 

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 4

 

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this very life itself is the buddha dharma

 

This

reminds me of

another statement Dogen Zenji

made when he returned from China,

‘I have returned empty-handed, without the

smallest bit of Buddha Dharma.’ ‘Empty-handed.’

When you’ve got nothing in your hands, they are free

to be used in the best way. And, ‘without the smallest

bit of Buddha Dharma.’ In other words, everything

is the Buddha Dharma. It’s not a matter of

having it or not. This very life, as it is,

is nothing but the Buddha

Dharma itself.

 

Taizan Maezumi Roshi