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T a o - B r i g h t W i s d o m
Lao Zi Buddha Confucius
Guang Hui Cultural Corporation - Taiwan - 2004
(1) As long as you are doing the right thing and behave well, Tao is always true. Otherwise, if you don't have a righteous mind, righteous behaviors, speak righteous words, and act righteously, even the righteous Tao may become evil.
(2) Tao is to duly perform your duty; to do what you are supposed to do.
(3) Tao can be learned and realized in every aspects of your daily life. Pay attention to everything around you all the time, no matter where you are. Tao is not to be practiced only in the temple, but can be and should be practiced anywhere and everywhere.
(4) When your biological clock tells you that it is time for you to sleep, you should go to bed. This is Tao. Don't sleep at an inappropriate time, and don't stay awake when you should be sleeping.
(5) When you say something that might hurt someone, you are often the first person to realize it. Having realized it, will you continue to speak such hurtful words? Of course not. And this is a revelation of your conscience; this is Tao.
(6) Show the vivid and lively aspects of yourself. Being natural is Tao.
(7) Tao is profound and practical, and Tao is for you to practice in your daily life. Supernatural powers and sorceries have nothing to do with Tao. They are worthless pursuits. Tao is very common and never unusual. Everything around you in your daily life has Tao in it. To really appreciate Tao, you must pay attention to it.
(8) Tao is inherent in you. Tao is your Heavenly conscience. Cultivating Tao is very easy; just follow your conscience. Conscience is the same as Buddha's heart, the merciful heart, the heavenly heart, and the true heart.
(9) Doing things with selfish purposes and schemes is not good. Cultivating Tao is to let the goodness and kindness of our True Self reveal naturally, and without any affected or unnatural intentions. The affected intention or even craftiness is not good. We should treat others with our true heart.
(10) Treating people and managing things with our true heart can then be considered "conforming to Tao".
(11) Seize the moment. Whatever you are doing, seize the moment to cultivate your heart; then you are practicing Tao.
Tao is in everything. Tao is in daily life. Tao is not far away from us. Tao is right before our eyes, and it is all-embracing. It encompasses the whole universe and beyond the universe.
Tao cannot be expressed by words, but it is comprehensible. When you smile because of enlightenment, there you are with Tao.
Due to affinity, you will encounter all kinds of things, people and affairs. As long as you face them with a sincere, cherishing heart, that is Tao.
Don't always criticize others. Tao is to introspect yourself, and use your own spiritual light to enlighten yourself.
If you act according to Tao, you will know when you should go forward and retreat.
Life is Tao. Tao is in the concealment and subtlety of life. You should learn how to let everyone keep a peaceful and natural heart. Let everyone be spiritually happy, joyful and non-discriminating. If all of you can achieve this state, you will know Tao is right here, right at this moment. There is no need to do any deliberate management. Tao is always with us.
Tao is not a supernatural mystery. Tao is closely related with your daily life. All the good virtues, such as love for parents, love for brothers and sisters, the Three Main Ropes of Social Order, the Five Constant Virtues, and the Eight Cardinal Virtues, are manifestations of Tao.
The Three Main Ropes of Social Order are: The sovereign should be a moral role model for his subjects, the father for his children, and the husband for his wife.
The Five Constant Virtues are: Benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom and faith.
The Eight Cardinal Virtues are: Love for parents, love for brothers and sisters, loyalty, trustworthiness, courtesy, righteousness, integrity and honor.
It is not Tao unless you put the true realization into action, sincerely carry it out, and practice it diligently.
Guarding your conscience and and true nature with your spiritual light is Tao. Living in this material world, you should always calm your mind and restore your true nature anytime and anywhere. Do not mistake that sitting quietly and motionlessly is true meditation. When your are sitting still, thousands of thoughts are more easily to pop into your mind than usual. True meditation is to be done anytime and anywhere.
Do not be greedy and desire for what does not belong to you. Put your heart into fulfilling your duty, be content with whatever you get, do what you are deemed to do, follow rules, and do your basic duties.
Tao is in your daily life. Tao is in the relationship between human beings.
Tao is your True Nature, your Buddha Nature.
Tao is in your daily life. Tao cultivation is not done only by going to a temple or doing the chores like sweeping the floor in the temple. Every single word and deed of a cultivator reflects Tao. Tao is so natural and ordinary, yet divine. Thus, everyone has equal right to cultivate Tao, regardless of one's wealth and social status.
Tao is Path; Tao is Truth. Act according to your conscience all the time and it is Tao.
Tao is in everyday life. As long as you fulfill your duties well all the time, then you are practicing Tao.
Tao prevails naturally when everyone is loyal to his duties and does his job well. Tao follows the Nature.
Tao lies in the daily routines. Therefore, Tao cultivation should start from everyday life. Everyone fulfills his basic duties, such as taking good care of his children, loving and respecting his parents; this is Tao.
Tao exists in every moment of your life. When you realize Tao, every action and movement is the manifestation of Tao.
Tao is omnipresent and allinclusive. There is Tao in mountains, and there is Tao in rivers, too. Tao is rich in daily life. As a father, do what a father should do; as a child, do what a child is deemed to do; this is Tao.
Tao is not only in the temple, but is inherent within each and every one of you. You did not know it, so you were guided to the temple to receive Tao.
There are proper ways in getting along with people or attending daily affairs. Your heart need to be righteous, but the action must be flexible to the changing circumstances. In this way, you act in accordance with the principle of Tao.
As a cultivator, you need to adapt yourself to the circumstances. There is no fixed way in doing things. If you stick to a certain way, it is no longer Tao.
There is no fixed way to preach Tao or to encourage people. If the way you use is in accordance with the time, place, and the background of the people, it is Tao.
When you encounter some trouble, do you always blame others? As a cultivator, if you demand and examine yourself first, you are practicing Tao.
As a cultivator, you need to demonstrate Tao by your own conducts, because Tao cannot be spoken, what can be spoken is not Tao. Tao can be only understood, but cannot be described.
You should do it without any intentional efforts of your secular minds, just follow what your True Nature tells you. Everyone has a compassionate heart, which originates from his True Nature; it is Tao.
Tao cultivation needs to be done naturally. If you can always give warmth and help people in desolate and bleak situations, it is Tao.
Tao can be comprehended in daily life. Tao is all-inclusive, because the essence of Tao is void. Take an empty cup for example. Because there is nothing inside, it can accommodate more.
Tao cultivation needs to be done in a natural way, since everyone has one's True Nature inherently. To restore your True Nature, you need to cultivate without any artificial intention or unnatural thought, then your cultivation is on the right path.
Tao cultivation should not be limited in a specific manner, a special people, in some kinds of circumstances, or a fixed place. Any one in all walks of life can cultivate Tao. No matter students, teachers, businessmen, or people in any other careers may cultivate Tao.
Temple is everywhere, because there is a temple in your own heart. The external temple is but a form, while the temple in your own heart is a true one as long as your heart lamp is lit.
Tao cultivation is to show your True Nature anytime, anywhere. True Nature is the original heart bestowed on you by Heaven. Tao cultivation is to discover the true, the good and the beautiful in doing everything.
Tao cannot be bought with money. You must have cultivated very well in previous lives, and you have decent character in this life. Besides, your ancestors must have been very virtuous, or else you wouldn't be able to receive Tao.
Tao transmission is everlasting. Do not think that Tao can be transmitted only when a certain saint is living in this world. As long as there are sentient beings, there are souls to be saved and to receive Tao. Therefore you need to pass on the torch.
Fritz Paul Vater / Mobile: + 49 172 3832266 / E-Mail: email@example.com / Update: October 23, 2018