EASTERN THOUGHT


            tao    Lao Tzu    450  BC  China

If people are hungry,  it is because the government is taxing and interfering too much;  this is why people rebel.
If goods and trade are free and not restrained  black markets won't develop and  the people needn't be criminals.

When the way of nature is ignored,  regulations, codes and hypocrisy emerge.
The people are rebellious when rulers meddle in their affairs.  The more laws, the more violators.
Therefore,  that leader is best who governs least.

If we keep from meddling with people, they take care of themselves.
If we keep from commanding people, they behave themselves.
If we keep from preaching at people, they improve themselves.
If we keep from imposing on people, they become themselves.
The way is like an invisible hand, a spirit guide that leads without interfering.
    Here is the way: set people free.

 

            D.T. Suzuki

Zen is the art of seeing into the nature of one's own being.
It strongly emphasizes the attainment of freedom;
freedom from all unnatural encumbrances.

 

           Alan Watts   BEAT ZEN, SQUARE ZEN AND ZEN    1959

At the roots of Chinese life there is a trust in the good-and-evil of one's own nature. This is peculiarly foreign to those brought up with the chronic uneasy conscience of Hebrew-Christian cultures. Yet it was always obvious to the Chinese that a man who mistrusts himself, cannot even trust his mistrust, and must therefore be hopelessly confused.
Zen does not preach, moralize and scold,  creating outcasts and alienation.
Tao and Zen see the world as inseparably interrelated.  No part is valued above or below the rest.

We of Western Culture have considered ourselves to be Superior.
Someday we will be surprised to realize that the discoveries made by the sages of India and China
are better oriented to reality than many of our Greek and Roman sources.


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