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Chinese wisdom is based on the ancient wisdom of Lao Tzu. His profound wisdom is applicable in everyday life, even living in this contemporary world.
My Way! No Way! TAO Is the Way
Tao wisdom shows you how to go through your depression, instead of avoiding it or suppressing it with medications. His wisdom reveals the secrets of dealing with human relationships, careers, health issues, life change and challenges, which are the basic causes of depression, and the origin of human unhappiness. Lao Tzu shows you how to accept and embrace everything experienced in depression, thereby instrumental in freeing yourself from depression.
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TAO: The Way to Biblical Wisdom
The interpretations of Tao Te Ching are as many as its translations. Each author is looking at Lao Tzu's immortal classic from his or her own perspective, and this is also one of the many reasons why Tao Te Ching is intriguing and controversial.
The Bible and Tao Te Ching are among the most translated and extensively read books of all time, and for a good reason: one is about God's wisdom, and the other is about human wisdom.
The author's own translation of Tao Te Ching is based on his belief that Lao Tzu's masterpiece is all about the Creator of the universe, and that only with true human wisdom man sees not only the manifestations but also the mysteries of His creation.
This book is about true human wisdom without the “conditioned” thinking of contemporary wisdom. The Way --the essentials of the "reverse" mindset of Lao Tzu -- is the way to Biblical wisdom.
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Reflections on Zen Wisdom
"After the long slumber of ignorance, a single word can change a man forever."
Enlightenment, if it ever comes, comes unexpectedly. In Zen or Tao, everything--including enlightenment--is spontaneous. If you seek Buddha, you will not find him. But if you don't seek, you may find him. In Zen wisdom, if the pupil is ready, the teacher will turn up.
"There are three truths: my truth, your truth, and the truth."
In this world, most of us are too opinionated and self-centered. Our culture has instilled in us a mine-is-better attitude. We were brought up with the notion that "I am special." There is overemphasis on differences, rather than similarities. For these reasons, even when we show open-mindedness, tolerance, and diversity, we are in fact trying to reassert ourselves that "mine-is-better." If everyone focuses too much on the self, then there would be "my truth","your truth" and the truth.
"When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy."
More than 60 million Americans suffer from some form of insomnia. Lack of sleep depresses the immune system and increases everyday stress. Insomnia, according to Chinese medicine, is due to a restless heart caused by perturbed thoughts. A holistic approach to promoting proper sleep is to establish a regular bedtime each night to retune yourself to nature's circadian rhythms. Go to bed no later than 10 P.M. and get up around 6 to 7 A.M.
Benjamin Franklin also had to say: "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy."
You can further enhance your deep sleep with daily meditation.
"Meditation remedies ignorance and fosters wisdom."
Buddha said: “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”
According to Buddha, we are often deluded by our consciousness, which is attached to the senses, causing us to take the world of appearances for the world of reality. In other words, it is ignorance that begets delusion, which is belief in something that contradicts reality. In Buddhism, delusion is a lack of awareness of the true nature of things, or of the true meaning of existence. Accordingly, our perceptions are often only limited and fleeting aspects of reality. However, through meditation, we may achieve the wisdom that separates delusion from reality. Meditation overcomes ignorance: it is the path to wisdom.
Delai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, concurs: “Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” There is no real peace when one continues to crave something illusory and self-delusory.
"People differ in life, but not in death."
Death is an equalizer of man: one of the reasons why people are so afraid of death. We simply do not want to be "equal" to others. Human pride singles us from the rest of the crowd; even early in childhood, each of us acquires a "mine-is-better" attitude. As a result, in the deep recesses of our minds, we still think we are "different" because we possess certain unique qualities that others don't seem to have--such as social status, intellectual abilities, and religious beliefs, among others. No matter how hard we strive for equality, diversity, or integration, we accept only those who share our convictions or fit into our profiles. Even so, they often seem to be inferior to us, due to the preoccupation with self.
Only when we truly see the similarities, not the differences in human beings, do we really appreciate and understand the meaning of human compassion and loving kindness: a fellow human being is just like any other human being with the same desire to be happy and to avoid suffering. Essentially, it is the wisdom of focusing on others rather than self.
Reflections on Tao Wisdom
Tao wisdom is based on the wisdom of the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu, who was the author of the ancient immortal classic "tao Te Cing."
Tao (or the Way) is the pathway to wisdom, which is self-intuition through self-awakening. Once it is expressed in words, it is no longer the pathway. Anything with a name immediately assumes an identity and thus becomes pre-conditioning and self-limiting-obstacles to freedom in thinking, which is the source of human wisdom.
Be A Better And Happier You With TAO Wisdom
This 132-page book is based on the profound human wisdom expressed in “Tao Te Ching.” My book contains the translation in simple English of the complete text of “Tao Te Ching.” To illustrate, the language is simple and easy to understand, but the wisdom expressed may be difficult:
“Like water, soft and yielding,
Yet it overcomes the hard and the rigid
Stiffness and stubbornness cause much suffering.
We all intuitively know
that flexibility and tenderness
are the way to go.
Yet our conditioned minds
tell us to go the other way.”
(Chapter 78, Tao Te Ching)
This book shows you how to attain true human wisdom through asking self-intuitive questions, creating an empty mindset with reverse thinking to let go of the ego-self to become a better and happier you.
The wisdom of Tao begins with the power of intent in the mind to know and to learn more about the true “self”-after all, wisdom is about self, and about how it reacts with everyone and everything around. In the quest of wisdom, the revelation of having no ego-self is the turning point, where you may begin to embark on a different life journey with a different mission. Your “conditioned” mind thus begins the journey of “reverse thinking” which will ultimately change your life, making you a better and happier you.
Tao wisdom enables you to see the wisdom in the oneness of all life-that everything exists because of its “opposite” and that everything will ultimately become its opposite, just as youth becoming old age, and life becoming death. Spontaneity, which is following the natural laws of nature, holds the key to attaining true human wisdom to live your life as if everything is a miracle.
Part One of my book explains the prerequisites of human wisdom. Without true human wisdom, it is almost impossible to perceive the innate human goodness in self, as well as in others. Human goodness leads to the attributes of genuine human happiness.
Part Two is the complete translation of the 81 short chapters of Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching" in simple English for readers to understand the complex and controversial wisdom of “Tao Te Ching.”
Part Three highlights the essentials of Tao wisdom, and shows how it can be applied to contemporary living so that you may live as if everything is a miracle to be a better and happier you.
To be a better and happier you is both easy and difficult: Tao wisdom is easy to understand with an empty mind, but difficult to assimilate its depth and profoundness.
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The Wisdom in Forgiveness
We must always forgive people their wrongs against us no matter how great the offense because God offers His forgiveness regardless of our own offenses. Therefore, we are expected to do the same, if we wish to receive His wisdom.
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
(Luke 6: 37)
According to the Journal of Happiness Studies, human happiness may come from the quality of the friendship or relationship experiences that promote the feeling of uniqueness in an individual.
According to Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese sage, judging nothing, you will be happy; forgiving anything and everything, you will be happier; and loving anything and everything, you will be happiest. Not judging everyone you encounter gives you better understanding of humanity, and thus instrumental in learning new ways to love and to help others. Forgiveness is a powerful spiritual medicine that cures all negative emotions and feelings.
The Creator seems elusive amid the changes of life.
At times, He seems to have forsaken His creations.
In reality, He is simply observing the comings and goings of their follies.
Likewise, we watch the comings and goings
of our likes and dislikes, of our desires and fears.
But we do not identify with them.
With no judgment and no preference,
we see the mysteries of creation.
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 7)
Stop striving to be righteous and wise to attain salvation,
which comes not from our efforts, not from something we must earn.
Stop abiding by rules and regulations to secure fairness and justice.
Compassion and loving-kindness come naturally to us.
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 19)
True love is generosity, which is giving without expecting anything in return-a practical expression of compassion that provides lasting happiness and divine inspiration.
The Way may seem insignificant.
It is because it appears ordinary.
The Way is great beyond comparison.
If there were any comparison,
it would no longer be great.
The Way is great because of its three essentials:
compassion, humility, and faith.
With compassion, there is no fear.
With humility, there is no strife.
With faith, there is no impossibility.
Without compassion, fearlessness then becomes ruthlessness.
Without humility, efforts may become complicated and difficult.
Without faith, possibilities may become controlling and self-centering.
Compassion is the root.
Humility is the stem.
Faith is the flower.
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 67)
Learn to let go of all grudges, the past, and live in the present as if everything is a miracle.
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“Letting go is emptying the mundane,
to be filled with heavenly grace.
Blessed is he who has an empty mind.
He will be filled with knowledge and wisdom from the Creator.
Blessed is he who has no attachment to worldly things.
He will be compensated with heavenly riches.
Blessed is he who has no ego-self.
He will be rewarded with humility to connect with the Creator.
Blessed is he who has no judgment of self and others.
He will find contentment and empathy in everyone.
Letting go of everything is the Way to the Creator.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 9)
“Not of the world” means letting go of all mundane matters in the physical world.
Attachment only reinforces your identification with the world, while detachment empties your mind of its invisible control and manipulation. Letting go is the beginning of humility.
With humility, comes enlightenment, and letting go becomes simple and spontaneous.
“Can we embrace both good fortunes and misfortunes in life?
Can we breathe as easily as innocent babies?
Can we see the world created as is without judgment?
Can we accept both the desirable and the undesirable?
Can we express compassion to all without being boastful?
Can we watch the comings and goings of things without being perturbed?
Saying ‘yes’ to all of the above is spiritual wisdom from the Creator,
who watches the comings and goings in the world He created.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 10)
The Way to go is: living for life, being an observer of what is happening to you, as well as to those who are around you. Do what you need to do with what you have, and let the Creator do the rest. Just observe all the comings and goings of everything along your life journey.
In this way, you attain internal balance and harmony, without which you strive to do more and end up doing less; you try to pick and choose, and wind up over-stressing yourself; you take pride in what you have accomplished and only leading to an inflated ego-self.
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The Universal Truth
“The ancient prophets were wise.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
It is indispensable to understanding the salvation from the Creator.
All we can do is to live by their profound prophecies:
watchful, like a man crossing a winter stream;
alert, like a man aware of danger;
courteous, like a visiting guest;
yielding, like ice about to melt;
simple, like a piece of uncarved wood;
hollow, like a cave;
opaque, like muddy water.
Living by their prophecies, we wait for our muddled thoughts to settle,
our composed minds to become clear just like muddy water, until enlightenment arises, followed by eternal salvation.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 15)
The Wisdom to Understand
Living in TAO is the art of living well, which requires the wisdom to understand that all things follow a natural cycle, such as what goes up must also come down, and day is followed by night, and life begets death.
Living is simple: just be a spectator, only watching the comings and goings of anything and everything.
With what you have, do what you can. With no picking and no choosing, never over-do anything. With no preference and no expectation, just accept and embrace whatever that turns out. Life always follows a natural cycle of spontaneity-everything just comes and goes, generating balance and harmony.
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What Is the TAO of Living?
“Look, it is invisible.
Listen, it is inaudible.
Grab, it is intangible.
These three characteristics are indefinable:
Therefore, they are joined as one, just like the Creator-invisible, inaudible, and intangible.
As one, it is unbroken thread with neither a beginning nor an end.
It returns to nothingness: invisible, inaudible, and intangible.
It is the indefinable, the intangible, and the unimaginable.
Stand before it, and there is no beginning.
Follow it, and there is no end.
Only by its grace can we discover how things have been and will be.
This is the essence of the Creator: invisible, inaudible, and intangible.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 14)
The TAO of living for life is imperceptible, inexplicable, and unfathomable. Only you know what it is, and it is uniquely yours.
You cannot follow it, because it has no beginning and no end. There is no blueprint for it, because it has no word to explain it. You cannot even understand it, because it is not of this world.
But the TAO is deep within you. With enlightenment, which is the wisdom of the Creator, you may find it, intuit it, and apply it to your everyday life and living, and live as if everything is a miracle.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau