dao leisure

Chinese characters for "leisure"

side of mountain, small house at bottom, abstract-vangogh-like

Birds chirp, vanguard for coming rain.
Dog bark skitters through twilight village.
Smoke raises a column through the pines,
Contented families dine in golden windows.

Life’s pulse is gauged in the hollows, the intervals between events. If you want to see Tao, you must discern these spaces. This requires leisure, the change to sit and contemplate, and the opportunity to respond to inner urgings.

If you can find a place to retreat, you can make a life where Tao will flood into you. Out in the woods, or in the mountains, or even in small villages where the times are slow paced and the people sensitive to nature, there is the possibility of knowing the deep and the profound. Only when you have the time to accumulate an unshakable belief and faith can you glimpse the Tao in which there is restfulness and a natural sense of what is right.


365 Tao
Daily Meditations
Deng Ming-Dao
ISBN: 0-06-250223-9

Luo Erchun 1987
Oil on canvas 36" x 46"

Luo Erchun still prefers to paint scenes from his homeland, Hunan Province, even though he has lived most of his life in Beijing and sometimes in Paris. He feels a passion for this and is particularly interested in the color of the soil there which he still remembers from his childhood.
The Hefner Collection

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