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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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follow tao and only tao

 

The

greatest virtue is

to follow Tao, and only Tao.

You might say, “But Tao is elusive!

Evasive! Mysterious! Dark!

How can one follow

that?”

 

By

following this:

Out of silent subtle mystery

emerge images. These images coalesce

into forms. Within each form is contained

the seed and essence of life. Thus do

all things emerge and expand

out of darkness and

emptiness.

 

Because

its essence is real

and evident in the origins

of all things, the name of the

Tao has survived since

the beginning of

time.

 

How can you be at one with it?

Simply by looking inside.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 21


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To the

ordinary person,

the body of humanity seems

vast. In truth, it is neither

bigger nor smaller than

anything else.

 

To the

ordinary person,

there are others whose awareness

needs raising. In truth, there is no self,

and no other. To the ordinary person,

the temple is sacred and the field

is not. This, too, is a dualism

which runs counter to

the truth.

 

Those

who are highly evolved

maintain an undiscriminating

perception. Seeing everything, labeling

nothing, they maintain their awareness

of  the Great Oneness. Thus they

are supported

by it.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 19

 

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