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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…

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…

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

Are you victim of your own foot steps & shadows?
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Are you victim of your own foot steps & shadows?

Don’s run away!  You cannot get rid of your footsteps and shadows by running! Many of us are victims of our own footsteps and shadows, such as worries, fear, anxiety and lack of confidence.   Of the things that inflict these concerns on you, nevertheless, many are illusionary and self-imposed. It is like what Chuang Tzu’s described…