September 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm #42994
Happy Fall Equinox! How did you celebrate? I completed my 100th day of Tai Chi Chi Kung practice today! I also topped it off with some Primordial Qigong…
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Congratulations on your dedication to practice!
I spent the day in the forest, in the rain, feeling the shift of the season and a sort of inward turning of my experience. There’s a beautiful depth a sadness, a feeling of parting that I’ve been smiling to. In that, there is also a sensation of resolve: I have practices…
PeaceSeptember 23, 2014 at 11:57 pm #42997
In the Tao Canon text of the Zhonghe Ji, it puts it thus: “Silence is the Word. Fundamentally in the place where the Word exists there is Silence. The world is silent; that is the secret formula of alchemy.
When we met the first time at Chang-an
He called me the Lost Immortal.
Then he loved the Way of Forgetting.
Now under the pine-trees he is dust.
His golden keepsake bought us wine.
Remembering, the tears run down my cheeks.
Note: Ho was a friend and Court official who retired to become a Taoist monk. The Lost Immortals banished from heaven for misbehaviour appeared on earth as extraordinary individuals.
Reaching the Hermitage
At evening I make it down the mountain.
Keeping company with the moon.
Looking back I see the paths Ive taken
Blue now, blue beneath the skyline.
You greet me, show the hidden track,
Where children pull back hawthorn curtains,
Reveal green bamboo, the secret path,
Vines that touch the travellers clothes.
I love finding space to rest,
Clear wine to enjoy with you.
Wind in the pines till voices stop,
Songs till the Ocean of Heaven pales.
I get drunk and you are happy,
Both of us pleased to forget the world.
Note: Meeting an adept at a Taoist hermitage, Li thinks about the state of his own dislocated life compared with the hidden, childish, unassuming, but intoxicating nature of the Tao.
Painting by Kuo Hsi:
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