Why is staying simple not simple?

Embrace Simplicity

rice - TamakiA 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 when they eat and dream of thousands of designs when they sleep.”

“Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity.
Put others first.
Desire little.”

Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching 19



Note: ‘Simplicity’ here is the translation of the character Pu (朴or樸), which is also translated as ‘uncarved wood” or ‘inherent quality’.  It is a metaphor for the natural state of humanity or the Tao.

Thanks to Yamanaka Tamaki for the picture.


One Response to “Why is staying simple not simple?”

  1. Chimpion April 5, 2016 at 1:46 am #

    Another powerful but simple, concise concept.

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