Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What Can Be Measured

A boulder is a mountain.
A sandy road is a desert.

A galaxy is a boulder.
A universe is a desert.

Measurements are relative.
Only Tao is not.

Yet every boulder, every road,
every desert, every mountain

is Tao.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Going Our Own Way

We each go our own way,
yet we create communities.

We each have an agenda,
yet we build nations together.

We discover our own path
by crossing the paths of others.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Shade or Shadow

Shade or shadow?
Protection or menace?

Darkness is its own protection
against the terrors it also hides.

Have no need for shade.
Have no fear of shadows.

The source of wisdom is
the darkness within darkness.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Which Is More

Love or fear.
Which is more dangerous?

Patience or kindness.
Which is more humbling?

Experience or wisdom.
Which is more disturbing?

Friday, April 11, 2014


Background always lies hidden
by what stands in front of it.

Proximity determines background.
Foreground determines attention.

What we focus our attention on
has the power to change us.

But it is that which lies hidden
that keeps us grounded.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Good Life

The ten thousand things
are always in motion.
Change is universal.

Light and dark twirl
together in a long dance
that never flattens into gray.

Trusting in the Tao.
Accepting the dance as it is.
These two make a good life.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

More or Less

The more I have,
the more I'm possessed
by my possessions.

The less I have,
the more I'm possessed
by my poverty.

The less I want,
the more I'm possessed
by my inner light.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Voice in the Wilderness

One voice crying
in the wilderness
can change the world.

For better or worse.

We forget the wilderness
is anything but empty.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lower Nature

If my lower nature corrupts me,
what's left but to give it back
to Tao from which it came?

If my body leads me into sin,
what's left but to surrender it
to God for God's own pleasure?

Saturday, April 5, 2014