quietly shining in all activities

xie jie

There is something bright and clear, without falsity, without biases, tranquil and unmoving, possessed of vast consciousness, fundamentally without birth and death and discrimination, without names and forms and words. It engulfs space and covers all of heaven and earth, all of form and sound, and is equipped to function.

If we speak of its essence, it is so vast it embraces everything, so that nothing is outside of it. If we speak about its function, then it goes beyond the abilities of the samadhi of the spiritual powers of the wisdoms numerous as the dusts in the buddha-lands: it is at once hidden and manifest, sovereign and free in all directions, with great spiritual powers. Even great sages cannot get to the end of it.

This one thing is always with each and every person. Whether you move or not, whenever you encounter circumstances and objects, it is always very obvious and clear, clear everywhere, revealed in everything. It is quietly shining in all activities. As an expedient, it is called Mind. It is also called the Path, and the king of the myriad dharmas, and Buddha. Buddha said that whether walking, sitting, or lying down, we are always within it.



tao te ching chapter 59 ☯️ one with the mother


In governing

people and serving heaven, 

there is nothing better 

than moderation.


To be moderate is to

follow tao without straying.

To follow tao without straying

is to become filled with good energy.

To be filled with good energy is to

overcome all things. To overcome

all things is to know that all

things are possible.


She who

knows that all things

are possible is fit to govern people.

Because she is one with the mother,

her roots go deep, her foundation

stands firm, her life lasts long,

her vision endures.


from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 59


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