No Emotion

“What I call no emotions is
not letting the passion of likes and dislikes
to harm ourselves.”

Chuang Tzu

landscape post card.jpgWang Shu
Dissolve the Unsettled Heart

Socialize with flower and grass to know innocence,
wed empty void, the lifetime mate.
Seek mountains and rivers
to dissolve the unsettled heart
that dwells in wind, rain and self in emotion.

White landscape.jpgWang Shu

Guard the Heart
Express your feelings,
guard your heart,
unaffected by any matter.
Meet conventions,
practice watch,
law of nature is boundless.
Who can let go
opportunities just for me?
As if existing yet nonexistent,
as if unreal yet apparent.

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.His poems are all in Chinese, but some in German.