May 31

May, Thoughts For…

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31. Worship [Tao] and it will not be augmented. Ignore it and it will not be diminished. Deng Ming Dao

This is my final quote in the purely Taoist rant I have been on. Taoism will always be appear occasionally (or more) throughout my Thoughts for… segment though…

30. The dynamic nature of their philosophy (Tao & Zen) laid more stress upon the process through which perfection was sought than upon perfection itself. Kakuzo Okakura

29. Taoism is neither formal religion or structured philosophy. Tao: Sacred Symbols

28. Tao follows no fixed rules. Huai Nun Tzu

27. I came across this explanation of the meditative / spiritual path toward enlightenment the other day in a book I was finishing, and want to share it: So stepping on the path involves you in continual growth, which may be tremendously painful since you sometimes try to step off of the path.You really do not want to get into it fully; it is too close to the heart. And you are not able to trust in the heart. Your experiences become too penetrated, too naked, too obvious. Then you try to escape, but your avoidance creates pain which in turn inspires you to continue on the path. So your setbacks and suffering are part of the creative process of the path.

25. The wise look to the pattern but do not feel confined by them. Deng Ming-Dao

24. When facing a single tree, if you look at a single one of its red leaves, you will not see all the others. When the eye is not set on one leaf, and you face the tree with nothing at all in mind, any number of leaves are visible to the eye without limit. But if a single leaf holds the eye, it will be as if the remaining leaves were not there. Takuan Soto ~ Tao/zen Quotes

23. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu

I’ve been reading a philosophical book about happiness, and many of the old philosophers believed your desires had to be met to be happy. Others believed the road to happiness included decreasing desires. Then a few minutes ago I was reading an article on the “faithful” who believed the world was going to end last weekend. One reported “I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth.” I find this disheartening: preferring death and the end of the world hoping you will be happier. I know people suffer, and I understand life can be very difficult. But I also believe when you realize how much positive there is in life, your loved ones, a hot shower, a good meal, the company of friends, stimulating conversation, love, sex, a good movie or a good television show, your favorite drink, a beautiful day, the list could go on, there is much to embrace in this life. In short, when you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

21. We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. The Dalai Lama~ With all this talk of the end of the world today, and with some worrying, and others joking, I figured this quote was pretty appropriate. Enjoy your day!

20. She did not consciously think, “Ah, today I learned this and that; I gained this much.” You do not do it step by step that way, by adding on coatings of varnish, or new paint. When learning becomes you, then it appears as you need it, when you are being you. Sometimes true learning surprises you when it emerges. Chungliang Al Huang

19. A person of Tao is like a valley: wide, open, accepting, seeking the lowest level~a person of balance. Deng Ming-Dao

17. In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. Buddha ~ Today is Buddha Purnima, a celebration of the awakening of Prince Siddhartha. As such I deviated from my Taoism kick (although this quote applies to Taoism as well).

16. After a heavy snowfall the more rigid branches of the pine break under the weight of the snow, but the more supple willow branches bend, thus allowing the snow to fall to the ground. Tao: Sacred Symbols

15. Without the Tao, Kindness and compassion are replaced by law and justice; Faith and trust are supplanted by ritual and ceremony. Lao Tzu

12. Mystics have never been very interested in theology. Mystics are interested in direct experience, and therefore – although you may laugh at them and say they are not scientific – they are empirical in their approach. And the taoists, being mystics, were the only great group of ancient Chinese people who seriously studied nature. They were interested in its principles from the beginning, and their books are full of analogies between the taoist way of life and the behaviour of natural forces seen in water, wind, or plants and rocks. Alan Watts  Retrieved from: Tao/zen Quotes

10. The tao is both singular and universal. It is open to all with the resolve and inclination to walk it. Those who do, however, take a variety of disciplines in approaching it, for the tao extrapolates from the specific to the general. Dave Lowry

9. This is my child, this is my wealth: such thoughts are the preoccupations of fools. If we are unable to own even ourselves, why make such claims? Buddha

8. All those who follow Tao become eccentric. If you do not want to be that way, then do not follow Tao. Deng Ming’Dao

7. It is very instructive to sit outside a public restroom. Look at the people going in and out. No matter how beautifully and richly dressed they are, they still have to go. Deng Ming-Dao

6. Why is the Tao so valuable? Because it is everywhere, and everyone can use it. This is why those who seek will find, and those who reform will be forgiven; why the good will be rewarded, and the thief who is cunning will escape. Lao Tzu

I am on a Taoism kick, and will be for a few days or maybe weeks. Some of the quotes I retrieved from Tao/zen Quotes.

5. However young, the seeker who sets out upon the way shines bright over the world. Buddha

4. Being a follower of Tao has never been about doing what society says. Being a follower of Tao means walking the spiritual path. Deng Ming-Dao

3. To know the unity of all life leads to deathlessness; to know not leads to death. The Shvetashvatara Upanishad, V

2. The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis. The Dalai Lama

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