This gentle rain
Falls on the Heart
Dissolving its shell.
Smithereens of agony flung wide
As the Heart's former secrets
Flood the universe with ecstasy.
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 7
Heaven and earth keep on going because they don't try to go anywhere.
They never run out because they don't take anything for themselves.
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 6
In-between this and that lives a force that never dies,
the mysterious mother of everything.
Heaven and earth are born through her opening,
and endlessly giving birth does not deplete her.
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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 5
Heaven and earth are uncompromising
and burn everything as a sacrifice.
The way of the sage is uncompromising and lets it all burn.
Days drip by
One by one or fistfulls at a time.
Future melts to past,
It's happening a little bit too fast.
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 4
The Tao is empty but fills everything.
Bottomless source of all beings.
Edgeless and unconvoluted, shining with modesty, quite at home in the dust.
Hard to see but impossible to miss.
What could it be made of?
It is here before everything else.
The Buddha's (very) first teaching
The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Dhamma) is usually considered to be the Buddha's first teaching after his awakening at the foot of the Bodhi tree. But it was not the first attempt he made at conveying to another human being what he'd discovered. This is my own rendering of his first utterance as an enlightened being (pilfered from a number of scholarly translations).
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 3
No favourites, no rivalry.
No treasures, no thievery.
No objects of passion, no loss of contentment.
So keep the mind empty and keep the heart full.
Weaken ambition and strengthen the bones.
Know nothing, want nothing, do nothing,
and things will look after themselves.
I was interviewed by Jesse Mulligan on RadioNZ today about recently winning the unpublished manuscripts category of the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards 2017.
Winner of the 2017 Ashton Wylie Literary Awards
On Friday night Divine Laziness: The Art of Living Effortlessly was selected as the winner of the 2017 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award.