Tao in One, Two, Three

The characters  of the numbers one, two and three. are just one, two and three horizontal strokes. one two three.

Tao One Two ThreeTAO generates ONE (origin)
ONE (origin) generates TWO (poles)

Tao comes before the ONE origin of universe which gives rise to TWO polarities of feminine(yin) and masculine(yang) or negative and positive.

Yin Yang
TWO (poles) generate THREE (capacities)

The masculine gives rise to heaven and the feminine gives rise to earth. The masculine also gives rise to man and the feminine to woman; the two together make up mankind.

THREE (capacities) generate TEN THOUSAND things.

The THREE capacities of HEAVEN, EARTH and MAN
give rise to ALL existence in the universe.

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ALL is depicted with the pictogram of TEN THOUSAND which is the drawing of a scorpion with infinite reproduction capacity. All existence is actually the two characters of “Ten Thousand” “Things” (See the pictogram of “Thing” which is actually made up of a drawing of cow and bird.)

Peace is blending TWO polarities into ONE and balancing the THREE capacities of Heaven, Earth and Man in harmony giving rise to the infinite.
ONE,TWO,THREE ! Freeasy Peace!

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One with Environment Meditation: Sitting

In meditation, the sitting posture is like a mountain, with the pointed head at the top and our knees folded like the bottom of the mountain. The purpose is to merge the spirit, body and mind in one or in our innate nature. In Chuang Tzu’s terms it’s letting the energy flow in Nature’s cycle of polarities or merging heaven, man and earth as “all things and I are one” depicted by the vertical and horizontal strokes of “One”.

Drawing of three mountains became the pictogram of “Mountain” with the mountains on left and right reduced to vertical strokes. When the strokes shorten, we have the Chinese character of “Mountain’.

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The drawing of mountains can be simplified into a triangle depicting heaven,earth and man in ONE or body, mind and spirit in modern terms. This is the triangle in Sengai’s Universe, the well known Zen painting.Sengai Universe

 

I only know contentment

May I offer you a contentment coin and a scoop of refreshing water from the contentment well. More on “I only know contentment”

I pictogram

The Character “Five” and “Mouth” constitute “I”, it is also the first character in a number of two-character surnames and is pronounced as “Wu”, a common Chinese surname, the same pronunciation as the ancient word for “I”.

The pictogram originally was five horizontal strokes and then evolved into a cross between two horizontal strokes.

So “I” have five mouths: a mouth to eat, talk, sing, yell or console.How do you want to use your mouth? What do you want your “I” to be?

Only Pictogram
The character of “Only” is made up of “Mouth” and “Bird”. The “Bird” pictogram is literally the drawing of a short tail bird.

The bird only has one mouth, it eats very little.

Know Pictogram
“KNOW when to stop. That’s superb”. Chuang Tzu.

The character of “Man” on top of the character of “Big” constitute the character of “Arrow”. The character of “know” or “wits” is made up of “arrow” and “mouth”. Man who considers himself as big uses his mouth like an arrow. In other words, the person with a big ego talks sharply to hurt others.

The pictograms of “man” is a drawing of a body with a long arm and leg while “big” is a man with arms stretched out so he looks big. The drawing of a pointed end on a device for shooting an arrow is the “arrow” pictogram. The drawing of the mouth is obvious as the “mouth” pictogram.

In Buddhsim, mindfulness of body, speech and mind are very important in the practice.Zen practitioners have very few words, they eat and talk very little. Wits and knowing are key teachings of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu.

Remember not to use the mouth to talk like an arrow to hurt anyone.
Enough Pictogram

The character of “Enough” or “Foot” is made of “Mouth” and “Stop” or “Still”.
Interestingly the “Stop” or “Still” pictogram is a drawing of three toes representing the five toes.

The toes are still when our feet are still or stop. When we have enough food or material things, we stop our mouths whether it is eating or complaining.

Now all together.

i-only-know-enoughThe empty square in the middle represent the mouth. The pictogram on top is five and make up the character of “I” with the mouth below it. The “Bird” pictogram on the right make up the character of “Only” with the mouth on its left. The “Arrow” pictogram on the left make up the character of “Know” with the mouth on its right. At the bottom is the “Still” or “Stop” and make the character of “Enough” or “Foot” with the mouth on top.

Viola! “I only know enough.” May you be content!

ONE with environment Meditation (Lying Down )

(Do the lying down meditation outdoor if possible.
Otherwise, lie down in bed or on the floor and imagine the outdoor.)

Lie down on the ground,
Mother Earth below;
stare at the sky,
Father Heaven above.
Imagine your body as
the horizontal stroke of “One”.

Above and below

Breathe in from the toes up
and hold at the head,
breathe out from the head
down to the toes.
Breathe normally.
Watching mindfully.

Your belly supple like a baby,
rising and falling.
Contain any anger, grudge, hatred
or negative emotions at heart
in a bubble.
Let your heart fast.
Void of emotions.

Say out loud or in silence,
“May I have compassion
to embrace anger
with all my heart,
may I have mercy
to absorb all injustice
with an open heart,
dissolve all grudges
and negative emotions
with a loving heart.”

Bubble Reflection

Let the bubble rise above the body
into the vast empty sky.
Watch the floating clouds
come and go like your thoughts
or what appears and disappears
in the mirror.
Fast your mind.
Void of thoughts.

Stare at the sky until
your eyes are cleansed by tears.
See your true nature as
the clear sky in the morning.

Free Your Life

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)

 

One Origin: Universe & Man

“Heaven, Earth and I came into existence together. All Things and I are One.” Chuang Tzu.

The pictogram of “Man” is a drawing of a small head and body with long limbs. “Big” is a man with stretched limbs and “Heaven” is the horizontal stroke of “One” above a big man while “Origin” is depicted by another horizontal stroke over the horizontal stroke above man with bent limbs.

Man with a big ego,don’t forget Heaven above us. The universe of Heaven, Earth and Man all came from one Origin.

One Origin

 

Pictograms

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The pictogram of “Things” is made up of the radical of “Bull” and the drawing of the wing representing the bird. They have opposite perspectives looking up from the earth and down from the sky.Things have different perspectives but we all live in one universe.

Similar to “Things”, the pictogram “Transform” or “Evolve” is made up of two men looking in opposite directions:one stands up on his feet, the other on his head.

Conflicts come from people
with different perspectives;
if we turn our view upside down
we can see the other perspective
and transform our way of thinking,
evolving differences in one.