the necessity of adversity

 

A true change of

heart  is possible when we accept the

necessity of adversity. Peace comes when

we discontinue the strivings

of the ego.

 

fifth changing line

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 30, Li / The Clinging (Fire)

(full text here)

 

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return to balance

 

The time to control

the inferior is in the beginning.

Whatever negative emotion seeks expression

should be reined in before it builds

momentum. Use your will to

return to balance.

 

first changing line

guide others by relying on the tao


 

The

best leader is one

whose existence is barely known.

Next best is one who is loved and praised.

After that, one who is feared. Worst

of all is a leader who is

despised.

 

If you

fail to trust people,

you won’t inspire their trust.

Therefore, guide others by quietly

relying on Tao. Then, when the

work is done, the people can

say, “We did this

ourselves.”

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 17

 

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melt and let go and rest


 
All the myriad things are neither opposed to nor contrary to your true self. Directly pass through to freedom and they make one whole. It has been this way from time without beginning.

The only problem is when people put themselves in opposition to it and spurn it and impose orientations of grasping or rejecting, creating a concern where there is none. This is precisely why they are not joyfully alive.

If you can cut off outward clinging to objects and inwardly forget your false ideas of self, things themselves are the true self, and the true self itself is things: things and true self are one suchness, opening through to infinity…

Time and again I see longtime Zen students who have been freezing their spirits and letting their perception settle out and clarify for a long time. Though they have entered the Way, they immediately accepted a single device or a single state, and now they rigidly hold to it and won’t allow it to be stripped away. This is truly a serious disease.

To succeed it is necessary to melt and let go and spontaneously attain a state of great rest.
 

Yuanwu