26 December 2005

Zhuang-zi quote

This is one of my favorite quotes from Zhuang-zi (Chuang-tsu), the most famous Taoist philosopher after Lao-tzu

"Do not be an embodier of fame; do not be a storehouse of schemes; do not be an undertaker of projects; do not be a proprietor of wisdom. Embody to the fullest what has no end and wander where there is no trail. Hold on to all that you have received from Heaven but do not think you have gotten anything. Be empty, that is all. The Perfect Man uses his mind like a mirror -- going after nothing, welcoming nothing, responding but not storing. Therefore he can win out over things and not bring harm upon himself."

2 comments:

OneWomanWreckingCrew said...

Ahhh, Zhuang-zi, my favorite Neo-Taoist Philosopher...I love his "Butterfly Dream"....Some interesting philosophy and poetry emerged from China's Warring States Period....Taoism, an extraordinary highlight of the Eastern part of my Philosophy education...Thanks for the delightful memory...
M#

Sanshinseon said...

Ah, thanks... a nice thought to begin the New Year with... very hard to live up to, tho.

Happy New Year, Karlo!