By Ming-Dao Deng
Essential for all those that are looking to comprise Taoist knowledge into their daily lives, this spouse to Deng Ming-Dao's well known 365 Tao indicates readers the way to dwell in concord with nature, others, and their traditional selves. Fifteen sections handle key matters encountered in religious progress and provide transparent, particular instructions on bringing the Taoist spirit into paintings, relationships, and all features of daily life. Line drawings.
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That is why, from ancient times to the present, those who follow Tao take care to seek out the best teachers: by learning from the best, they enhance their chances of becoming the best. Knowing Shi. To know, to recognize, to keep in mind. " Orders are given to go to war, and the people therefore know their duties. Knowledge is not just intake, but the integration of information into one's very being. From any remote spot, one can access information electronically: the library at Oxford, interactive exchanges about mathematics, the latest news from anywhere in the world is immediately at hand.
True wisdom goes beyond the limits. Silence Jing. Stillness, silence. On the left is the word for "purity" (see p. 31). On the left is the phonetic meaning "competition" through the depiction of two wrangling hands. The word for "purity" also implies clarity and transparency and, by extension, here means that the competition on the right is diminished to nearly nothing. Stillness comes when there is a cessation of competition. From ancient times to the present, people have worshiped gods. But from ancient times to the present, the tradition of Tao has taught us to look beyond the gods.
It will not fall under the weight of the heaviest snows, because it offers no large limbs for the snow to settle upon. It seems to adapt quickly to new environments and grows back stronger after being subjected to the winter storms or the woodsman's ax. And its insides? Inside, it is empty. Those who follow Tao admire bamboo because it demonstrates how emptiness, vacancy, hollowness, and insubstantiality are quite vital. In the adversity of life's storms, we should bend, but we need not break, and we need not give way.