Saturday, August 31, 2013

What is Wu Wei?

"Spring comes and the grass grows by itself... sitting silently... doing nothing." Basho
Taijitu  Wu wei (Chinese無爲; a variant and derivatives: traditional Chinese無為simplified Chinese:无为pinyinwú wéiJapanese無為Korean무위VietnameseVô viEnglish, lit. non-doing) is an important concept in Taoism that literally means non-action or non-doing. In the Tao te ChingLaozi explains that beings (or phenomena) that are wholly in harmony with the Taobehave in a completely natural, uncontrived way. As the planets revolve around the sun, they "do" this revolving, but without "doing" it. As trees grow, they simply grow without trying to grow. Thus knowing how and when to act is not knowledge in the sense that one would think, "now I should do this," but rather just doing it, doing the natural thing. The goal of spiritual practice for the human being is, according to Laozi, the attainment of this natural way of behaving.

            Related translation from the Tao Tê Ching by Priya Hemenway, Chapter II:

                                 The Sage is occupied with the unspoken
                                   and acts without effort.
                                  Teaching without verbosity,
                                  producing without possessing,
                                 creating without regard to result,
                                 claiming nothing,
                                 the Sage has nothing to lose.

                    The above excerpt is taken from Wikipedia .To explore more go HERE

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Song inspired by Zheng Seng Feng

Dusk on Mount Wudang, China

                                                      Steeped in the six harmonies,
                                                      old taoist master Zheng Seng Feng
                                                      deeply cultivating Qi
                                                      wandered Mount Wudang

                                                      He came upon a crane and snake
                                                      they circled, striking,darting, swift
                                                      he saw their artful combat make
                                                      inspiring in him , a cosmic shift

                                                      Strong like a mountain
                                                      flow like a river...
                                                      light as a feather...
                                                      let this be your tether..
                                                     He saw Wu Wei in martial form
                                                     the Mother Fist was handed down
                                                     the essence of Tai Chi was born
                                                     embraced by Taoists as their crown

                                                     Movement and breath ...with grace align
                                                     make inner power and health
                                                     into the emptiness sublime
                                                     the Seng Feng form is now our wealth

                                                     Strong like a mountain
                                                     flow like a river...
                                                     light as a feather...
                                                     Let this be your tether...
                                                     ©A.Green - Mount Wudang, China  July 2013


At the "Temple of Perpetual Peace" Mt.Wudang

Director Andy Green
"The highest form of goodness is like water.
Water knows how to benefit all things without striving with them
It stays in places loathed by all men.
Therefore it comes near the Tao.
In choosing your dwelling, know how to keep to the ground.
In cultivating your mind, know how to dive in the hidden deeps.
In dealing with others, know how to be gentle and kind.
In speaking, know how to keep your words.
In governing know how to maintain order.
In transacting business, know how to be efficient.
in making a move, know how to choose the right moment.
If you do not strive with others, you will be free from blame..."

 from Tao Te Ching -Shambala pocket classic translated by John C.H.Wu