tao leaves nothing undone

christopher furlong

 

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.

 

Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu

Chapter 37

 

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when the dust is polished off a mirror

clayton cubitt

 

When the illusory body

is extinguished, the illusory mind is

also extinguished. When the illusory mind

is extinguished, the illusory sense objects are

also extinguished. When the illusory sense

objects are extinguished, the illusory

extinguishing is also

extinguished.

 

When the illusory

extinguishing is extinguished, that

which is not illusory is not extinguished.

It is similar to how, when the dust

is polished off a mirror, the

brightness appears.

 

Virtuous one,

you should know that body

and mind are both illusory dust.

When the form of this dust is wiped

away, purity pervades

the universe.

 

The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment

from Dialogues in a Dream

by Musō Soseki

 

world and particle are one

shane drinkwater

 

The ego says

that the world is vast, and

that the particles which form it are tiny.

When tiny particles join, it says, the vast

world appears. When the vast world

disperses, it says, tiny

particles appear.

 

The ego

is entranced by

all these names and ideas,

but the subtle truth is that world and particle

are the same; neither one vast, neither one tiny. Every

thing is equal to every other thing. Names and

concepts only block your perception

of this Great Oneness. Therefore

it is wise to ignore

them. 

 

Those

who live inside

their egos are continually bewildered:

they struggle frantically to know whether things

are large or small, whether or not there is a purpose

to joining or dispersing, whether the universe is blind and

mechanical or the divine creation of a conscious being.

In reality there are no grounds for having beliefs

or making comments about such things. Look

behind them instead, and you will discern

the deep, silent, complete truth

of the Tao. Embrace it, and

your bewilderment

vanishes. 

 

Hua hu Ching, Chapter 32

 

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the sage does what is right

one clear truth

 

When the government is

dull and sleepy, people are wholesome

and good. When the government is sharp and

exacting, people are cunning

and mean.

 

Good rests upon bad.

Bad hides within good.

Who knows where the

turning point is?

 

Whether government or 

person,  if you aren’t tranquil and honest, the 

normal flips to the abnormal, the auspicious reverts 

to the bizarre, and your bewilderment

lasts for a long time.

 

Therefore the sage

does what is right without acting

righteous, points without piercing,

straightens without straining,

enlightens without

dazzling.

 

Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 58


 

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