Self is One’s True Nature

“If you serve your own mind,
joy and sorrow cannot do anything to you”
Chuang Tzu

“Those who lost themselves
are not true to themselves,

they cannot rule over others.
Many renowned people in history
were 
actually enslaved rulers,
they suited themselves to
what suited others,

and not what really suited themselves.”
( from Chapter 6 “ The Great Master”, Book of Chuang Tzu)

White Rose.jpg Wang Shu
To Self
The mind is universe’s promised land.
Self- esteem has to be cultivated with one’s efforts.
Confidence is based on protecting one’s true self.
Self-fulfillment stems from one’s roots.
Strive not to fight after fame or wealth.
Anchor self and not be deluded  by worldly cravings.
Self-reliance and self-delight make one at ease.
The mind is universe’s promised land,
my appearance is in my own hands,
poetic thoughts spread over canvas  colors,
where self knowledge and one’s nature are.

Mountains and Waters, BoatsWang Shu
Self Guide
Create a beautiful soul
with art poetry.
Cherish lone years
and free space.
Treasure even more,
rambling in precious land of art
I own in my heart.

Mountain landscapeWang Shu
Ease the Nature
The mind is a superb vast desert and rich wilderness.
The mind bestows colors
with natural delight and gentle spirit.
Suit the self in accord with time and matter.
Take dimension to flow with one’s nature,
capture image based on mood.
Meditation calms, soothing me.
Wonders and scenes cannot be interpreted with talks,
High, for spiritual clarity,
understand in silence.
Discipline the self
but definitely not following the crowd,
or monistic views;
it’s letting the mind express freely;
a superb vast desert and rich wilderness.

Sunset.jpgWang Shu
Teachings
Don’t abide by other’s laws.
Delight, charm and setting
develop from one’s own life.
Convention is out of the realm of teachings,
dimensions, free and easy in great beauty .

LotusWang Shu
Gradual Awakening
Profound truth has no address,
gradual awakening, no monastic door for emptiness.
Wonder heart is aloof
from human tactics,
nature hides itself
yet respect the self.

Wang Shu
(national artist of Austria, also taught Chinese philosophy in Germany)
Wang Shu is a dear friend who inspired me to embark on the long journey to study Taoist philosophy of Lao Tzu and then Chuang Tzu. Hope his art and poetry translated in English from Chinese will facilitate your appreciation for Chuang Tzu’s teachings.All his poems are in Chinese, some in German.

Still, Void & One

“Stillness in Motion:
Things come in motion,
stillness is developed.”
Chuang Tzu

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“The spirit awaits things to come to it in void.
Tao comes together in the void.
Mind fasting is being in the void.”
Chuang Tzu

“Void Room Illumines.”
Chuang Tzu

Void Room Illumines

“Tao Interchanges in One.”
Chuang Tzu

Tao Interchanges in One ArcherPoint’s ERP Tao.

“The sage harmonizes conflicts
and rest in the balanced Law of Nature;
this is called dual path. ”
Chuang Tzu

Law of Nature.jpg Vincent van Gogh

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity
but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”
Thomas Merton

snow mountain Wang Shu
Still Leisure, Void Illumined
Rest the heart with no fetters.
Soul and nature in art.
Let wild wind embraces body.
Watch thoughts in clouds.
where self knowledge and one’s nature are.

Cloud, Mountain, Water.jpg Wang Shu

Void Stillness
Unconcerned, pick a remote place,
A tranquil self at ease.
Retreat from worldly fetters in silent void,
intimate with tree and grass.
Poetic art can enlighten.
Fleeting life comes from my spirit.
See nothing in what comes and goes.
Know: experience innocence.

Chinese Mountains.jpgWang Shu

Nature’s Mind Image
Nature is a collection of amazing  poetry,
natural scenes bring wonders in love for art.
Transform harmony into mind image,
accommodate this life in void.

Wang Shu
(national artist of Austria, also taught Chinese philosophy in Germany)
Wang Shu is a dear friend who inspired me to embark on the long journey to study Taoist philosophy of Lao Tzu and then Chuang Tzu. Hope his art and poetry translated in English from Chinese facilitate your appreciation for Chuang Tzu’s teachings.All his poems are in Chinese but some in German.

Void and One Meditation

This is a very easy meditation explaining how to free and ease the mind with Chuang Tzu’s teachings of “Void” and “One” in three stages of humming, circling and silence based on Osho’s Tibetan Nadhabrahma meditation.

VOID (Humming “Aum”)
The humming is like resonance inside the hollow bamboo stem. It voids the mind, fasts the mind of thoughts with the monotone of “Aum” or SIT and FORGET thoughts, emotions, past and future dwelling in the present moment with the “Aum” sound.

” Void room illumines.” Chuang Tzu

ONE (Circling hands)
Move the hands in opposite directions in circles. The Universe goes in cycles, Opposites alternate and resume in ONE circle.

“Tao interchange in One.”Chuang Tzu “Harmonize Right and Wrong.”

VOID (Silence)
Sit or lie down in silence.

“Awaits in Void.” Chuang Tzu

 

Peace is just Stop and Forget

Unlike meditation, Chuang Tzu’s “Sit and Forget“simply means stop or sit still, as if the limbs are falling off and wits dulled. In short just forget forms, emotions, self, others and feel connected or one with all. 

“When you are one with all, you have no preference. When you are transformed, then there is no constant. That is real integrity.” Chuang Tzu. 

“Mind” and “Heart” is synonymous in Chinese language.The character of “Forget” is made up of the radical of “Heart” and the root of “Dead”,  and the pictogram is a drawing of the heart with three chambers.

Forget

Although the character “Dead” has the radical made up of a dot and a horizontal stroke, the pictogram started out as a blind man walking with a stick that has a short horizontal handle. The stick  falls on the ground with the short handle facing up, one side of the stick disappears by entering in the ground, it then  evolves into the radical of “Enter” with the drawing symbolizing roots entering the ground or a corner by the wall to depict a concealed place.

When someone dies, the Chinese saying is “Enter the Ground for Peace”, a heart dead with no emotions or a dead mind with no thoughts is at peace. This is contrary to western or modern way of thinking that associates emotions with heart as warm and the busy mind as productive or forget or dead is bad.

Alan Watts talks about the predicament of the monkey mind addicted to thoughts and distractions below.It might help to appreciate the peace of the still mind and heart portrayed above.

Mind (film by Tragedy and Hope)

 

Concept Maps

Fast Mind and Sit Forget

As in Buddhism, the mind is crucial in daily practice with life challenges. Unlike Buddhist meditation with specific instructions in sitting, Chuang Tzu’s writings describe “sit and forget” as not clinging to physical form and removing wits in the mind. Connect with free flowing energy of oneness in the world. This is the void or empty mind waiting for things to come. Stop listening to the ear or mind to find what is in accord with our preconceived opinions or ideas but listen with energy.

Forget form, emotions, self and others, then integrity develops and Tao is attained. We are consumed by emotions when we think of “I, me, mine” or our ego, the body, any material form or comparing others with ourselves.

According to Chuang Tzu, supreme integrity is no self, name and merit or self interests for gain. The same words are found in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. When people forget each other and focus on abiding in Tao, there would not be any conflicts.

Along with “sit and forget” or “mind fast” unique to Chuang Tzu, in his writings he also coins other terms referring to the state of mind, namely: “clear as morning”, “independent insights” and “peace amidst chaos” or stillness in motion. When our mind is open and void with nothing, it has clarity and can see things on its own without being influenced by anything else. Then the mind becomes independent, unwavering and free. This is what Buddhists strive to achieve with long hours of sitting meditation.