November 26th, 2010

Tao te Ching, Chaoter 10 - Meditation

Carrying body and soul and embracing the one,
Can you avoid separation?

Attending fully and becoming supple,
Can you be as a newborn babe?

Washing and cleansing the primal vision,
Can you be without stain?

Loving all men and ruling the country,
Can you be without cleverness?

Opening and closing the gates of heaven,
Can you play the role of woman?

Understanding and being open to all things,
Are you able to do nothing?

Giving birth and nourishing,
Bearing yet not possessing,
Working yet not taking credit,
Leading yet not dominating,
This is the Primal Virtue
Daily Tao - 10

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Help me understand and practice active non-action

NEWSWEEK's Power 50: Power Buys Money, Money Buys Power, i am Alarmed

Another trip to a doctor's office means another opportunity to look at magazines i don't usually read.
This week it was Newsweek for November, 8, 2010..
Among several interesting articles is "Newsweek's Power 50" by Matthew Miller and Andrew Romano
The headline reads as follows: "In the hypercommodified media culture of 2010 , the most influential political
figures are the ones who make the most money."  So i looked at their names and their (mostly obscene) incomes.

NEWSWEEK's Power 50: The List - Newsweek

I find they broke down into four basic categories: 1) people i trust and mostly like (8 names), 2) people i like but don't necessarily trust (10 names), people i know nothing about (14 names), and 4) people i distrust and mostly don't like.(18 names!)

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If the four politically most influential people are Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly, i am really, really scared.

The Sutra of Returning to Our True Original Nature -

How can you define what is beyond definition?
This is why I say: no wanting, no doing, no piousness, no truth.
These are the Four Essential Laws.
They cannot teach you in themselves
But follow them and you will be free
From trying to sort out what to believe.
Feel compassion, and be compassionate over and again
Without trying to show it off to anyone.
Everyone will be freed this way -
And this is called the Way to Peace and Happiness."
---Jingjing  (These words are attributed to Jesus.)

The Sutra of Returning to Our True Original Nature - China History Forum, Chinese History Forum *

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* You must scroll halfway through the site to begin this Sutra.