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Don’t treat a sea bird as if it’s a king – Story of Chuang Tzu

“How do you treat others?” Asks the Master to the new class. “Treat others as you would want to be treated yourself,” the disciples shout almost in unison. The Master, nevertheless, did not seem to resonate.  Without commenting on what they say, the Master goes on to tell a story of Zhuangzi. “Once upon a…

Why is staying simple not simple?
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Why is staying simple not simple?

Are you making things unnecessarily complex? The new disciple is excited when he’s seeing the Master for the first time.  He jumps at the opportunity and curiously asks, “How do you practice Tao, Sir?” “When you are hungry, eat,” thoughtfully the master says, “When you are tired, sleep.” The answer is astonishingly simple to the disciple,…

Master By Not Mastering – The Art of Wu wei
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Master By Not Mastering – The Art of Wu wei

If you want to be a good boatman, don’t worry about controlling the boat The art of control is to give up control. In the fable of Chuang Tzu, a disciple of Confucius meets the master boatman who is known for his dexterity of boating. Curiously he asks, “How marvellous!  Can anyone learn how to handle…