December 8th, 2011

Meditation From Stan Rosenthal's Tao Te Ching Translation


Like the sheltered, fertile valley,
the meditative mind is still,
yet retains its energy.

Since both energy and stillness,
of themselves, do not have form,
it is not through the senses
that they may be found,
nor understood by intellect alone,
although, in nature, both abound.

In the meditative state,
the mind ceases to differentiate
between existences,
and that which may or may not be.
It leaves them well alone,
for they exist,
not differentiated, but as one,
within the meditative mind.

Taoism - Stan Rosenthal's Tao Te Ching - Translation

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There is a school of Taoism in which it is considered ostentatious to name one's teachers.  I am not so humble.  My problem is that my teachers are so numerous and so diverse that i could not keep them straight if i wanted to.  What have i learned?  I don't know.  Who taught it to me?  i can't remember.  Is this teaching Buddhist, Taoist. animist, shamanistic, Sufi, Christian, Jewish or something else? I couldn't tell you if i wanted to.  When one travels alone, one picks up truth everywhere, in every shape and size and in emptiness.