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If you can empty your boat no one will seek you harm

Empty your boat before cruising the world What is the difference between an empty boat and a boat with someone on it colliding  with yours head on? This is what Chuang Tzu says: “When you cross a river and an empty boat comes colliding with your boat head on, even if you’re a hot tempered person, you’re unlikely to be […]

rice - Tamaki

Why is staying simple not simple?

Embrace Simplicity A new disciple asks his master, “How do you practice Tao, Sir?” The master says, “When you are hungry, eat; when you are tired, sleep.” The disciple is astonished at the simplicity of the answer. “Isn’t that what everyone does anyway?” The master replies, “No. Most people feed themselves with thousands of desires […]


He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted

Tao of finding a singing bowl A man is looking for a bowl of fine quality.  So he visits the most famous porcelain shop in town. To test the quality of the bowls, he picks up one of the bowls on display and knocks it gently against another. The test goes like this:  Upon knocking the bowl against another, if he can hear […]

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Shake it off and step up

We don’t know how life interprets what has happened to us … I enjoy reading this story by Joseph Sica. “Once upon a time there was a farmer who had an old mule. The mule fell into a deep dry well and began to cry loudly. Hearing his mule cry, the farmer came over and […]

alan watts the chinese farmer

Alan Watts on Tao of Gain and Loss

Chinese parable narrated by Alan Watts   British-born American philosopher Alan Watts used the Chinese parable, The Story of the Chinese Farmer, to illustrate the way of life where nothing is experienced as either an advantage or a disadvantage.  He argues that it is the source of enormous empowerment and liberation. The farmer does not see life in terms of gain or loss or advantage […]


Thinking About Not Thinking & Speak to the Universe

“What should I be thinking about?” Asks a Disciple A young disciple, who has just started meditation, asks the innocuous question, “What should I be thinking about during meditation, Master?” “Should I be thinking about where I am in the universe, the way I meditate, or not thinking about anything?” The Master shakes his head and says, “I do not […]