Monday, September 27, 2010

The Tao of Dark Sages - Chapter 3, Part 10

The Tao of Dark Sages
by Scott Bradley

Sue-tzu, what is the Tao of Nature?

Why, the Unknown, of course!

When we speak of the Tao of Nature, we mean the Tao as manifest in nature. If we were to intuitively understand the simple existence of a wildflower blooming and dying unseen in a hidden crevice on an unknown mountain, then we would experience the Tao beyond our wildest imaginations.

“Consider the lilies of the field...” “Look at the sparrows....” suggested a sage named Jesus. Metaphysics are for....well, metaphysicians, I guess. Not for the follower of the Tao. Alan Watts relates what, for me, is a most beautiful story: When an ancient Zen master lay dying, he heard a squirrel chattering on the roof. “It’s just this,” he exclaimed, “and nothing else!”

If you're interested in reading more from this series by Scott Bradley, go here.

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