The Tao of Tao~ February 27th.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Feb 27, 2011
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We are like a fish trying to find water…

“Man Is Born In Tao

Fishes are born in water

Man is born in Tao.

If fishes, born in water,

Seek the deep shadow

Of pond and pool,

All their needs

Are satisfied.

If man, born in Tao,

Sinks into the deep shadow

Of non-action

To forget aggression and concern,

He lacks nothing

His life is secure.

Moral: “All the fish needs

Is to get lost in water.

All man needs is to get lost

In Tao.”

~from The Way Of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton

Alan Watts, with his usual humor and wit, explains Tao… In relationship to our idea of God! A short but excellent talk!

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Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


4 Responses to “The Tao of Tao~ February 27th.”

  1. Kathy says:

    Go opiate of the masses!! That was definitely one of the very social and repressive teachings of religion. That may be an okay idea for not engaging in defensive rhetoric or violence in forgiving your siblings or familial relationships- it is deadly in the real world of men and power. At this time in our Countries history we all need to be standing for the weak, and marching for the workers under attack from their employers and greedy politicians. This idea is great if you are at a place with no immediate responsibilities- and if in your interpretation you "have no responsibilities"- you are really ignoring historical fact and embracing a doomed escapist mysticism.

  2. Elise says:

    Lovely. I just love this summary of Taoism, it is such a gentle, simple way of being. To love.. and to trust… and to simply let go of control… of attachments.

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