Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Dao De Jing: #21 Accept

What a week. There were a few things I had been thinking of posting, but instead a look at the Dao De Jing might be in order. If you click o the title of this post, you'll be directed to an online version of this classic.

21. Accept

Harmony is only in following the Way.

The Way is without form or quality,
But expresses all forms and qualities;
The Way is hidden and implicate,
But expresses all of nature;
The Way is unchanging,
But expresses all motion.

Beneath sensation and memory
The Way is the source of all the world.
How can I understand the source of the world?
By accepting.


Zen said...

The bamboo accepts the wind and reaches for the sun in the calm...

Rick Matz said...

Morning stars,
Evening stars,
Child's smiling face.