Praise and the Tao

Among some monks a great discussion broke out regarding Taoism, that centered around a hypothetical question, a proposed response, and its insight to the Tao. The story is that a learned Taoist Master is told by another that he is very wise. How would the enlightened Master respond to the speaker? And how does his response reflect the Great Tao?

Enough

Master Hua recognized the chance to impart a great wisdom to his son, and told him, “Son, your misperception of these transactions is skewed by the accepted idea that ‘more’ and ‘less’ truly exist. But that is not the case.

The Farmer’s Luck

The farmer’s neighbors, all hearing of the horse running away, came to visit. Staring at the empty corral, the neighbors all said, “Oh, what bad luck!” To each, the farmer’s simple reply was, “Maybe”.

The Tree

As the days passed, the workers would often rest under him to eat, shaded from the heat of the sun by the canopy of his bent body.

The Gifts

He stood in line with the other children, as he waited his turn to stand before Master Shin and receive his gift.

The View

Their journey was long, from their small temple in a humble village in the valley, across the mountain path to the city beyond…

The Scribe

In Hongcun, a small village near the Yellow Mountains, there was a scribed named Yingpei. After a lifetime of training and practice, Yingpei had become a master of writing. His work was renowned and highly sought after.

The Thief

One evening, as the sun set gently between the mountains, Taoist Master Shichiri Kojun was reciting sutras in his small and humble home. Suddenly a thief with a sharp sword burst into his home demanding either his money or his life. Shichiri said to him, “Do not disturb me in meditation. You can find the money … Continue reading

The Journey

Tung Jin, the aging Taoist Master of a rural temple in the hills outside of Nanning, was beginning to feel the weight of the many years that had passed since his birth. Although his spirit was still strong, the day to day tasks in seeing to temple business and instructing his students were becoming more … Continue reading

The Blank Page

 A great Zen Master traveled with his disciple to the small village that sat in the foot hills below their temple. The student was excited about their visit to the village, as leaving the temple was a rare treat and he longed for this quiet time walking with his Teacher. He was a devoted student and … Continue reading

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