perseverance in stillness forms a noble heart


 

Still your emotions through meditation.

 
Receiving this hexagram is a sign that you need to quiet your emotions so that you can think clearly. To answer the clamorings of the ego with action now is to invite misfortune. The I Ching counsels non action and the stilling of the emotions through meditation.

It is the nature of having a body to have strong feelings and impulses. However, if we allow our thinking to be controlled by them, we cannot act with the gentleness, neutrality, and graceful wisdom of the Sage. Instead, we move rashly when we ought to keep still, or we solidify when we ought to remain fluid. Therefore it is necessary to quiet the body and its inferior elements so that our thoughts and actions may be clear and balanced.

Three things are advised. First, sit quietly in a self-supporting position with your back straight and eyes closed. Second, observe the flow of your bodily emotions. Do not judge or resist them; the simple practice of watching them come, linger, and go without acting on them allows you to gradually separate them from your thought processes. Third, turn your inner conflicts over to the Deity for resolution.

The help of the Higher Power is only made available to those who ask for it in a disciplined way, who make an offering of their stillness and mindfulness. Through meditation we reduce the influence of the inferior elements and make it possible for the Sage to assist us. Keep still as a mountain now and you will be rewarded with good fortune.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 52, Ken / Mountain

 

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accomplish by not straining


 

Act by

not acting,

accomplish by not

straining, understand

by not knowing. Regard the

humble as exalted and the exalted

as humble. Remedy injury

with tranquil

repair.

 

Meet

the difficult while

it is still easy; cross the

universe one step at a time.

Because the sage doesn’t try

anything too big, she’s able

to accomplish big

things.

 

Those

who commit lightly

seldom come through.

Those who think everything

is easy will find everything hard.

The sage understands that

everything is difficult, and

thus in the end has no

difficulties.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 63


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go inside

buddha meditation

 

There

isn’t any need 

to seek outside yourself. 

Look inside, allow ideas and 

methods and ways of perceiving to

dissolve, and you will see that 

your original face and that 

of all the buddhas are 

one and the 

same.

 

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i choose these old buddhas


 

We are

in the habit of saying

that it was not in our power

to choose the parents who were

allotted to us, that they were given

to us by chance. But we can choose whose

children we would like to be. There are households

of the noblest intellects: choose the one into which you wish

to be adopted, and you will inherit not only their name

but their property too. Nor will this property

need to be guarded meanly or grudgingly:

the more it is shared out,

the greater it will

become. 

 

Seneca

 

the path to the buddha’s table

 

Life

is a dream,

the years pass by like

flowing waters. Glamour and glory are

transient as autumn smoke; what tragedy —

for with the sun set deeply in the

west, still there are those

lost among paths of

disillusionment.

 

Our heart

should be clear as ice.

Forget all the worldly nonsense.

Sit calmly, breathe quietly, heart bright

and spotless as an empty mirror.

This is the path to

the buddha’s

table.

 

Loy Ching-Yuen