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By Wei Wu Wei

These thirty-four strong essays, in response to Taoist and Buddhist suggestion, represent a consultant to what the writer calls “non-volitional living”—the old figuring out that our efforts to know our actual nature are futile. Wei Wu Wei explains those venerable religious traditions within the context of contemporary adventure, utilizing wit and massive precision to express their profound perception into the very nature of life. This crucial Zen Buddhist vintage, reissued after a long time of unavailability, completes the gathering of 8 volumes by means of the masterful, elusive Wei Wu Wei

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If the mind is not peaceful these days, it’s because it follows moods. The real mind doesn’t have anything to it; it is simply an aspect of nature. It becomes peaceful or agitated because moods deceive it. The untrained mind is stupid. Sense impressions come and trick it into happiness, suffering, gladness, and sorrow, but the mind’s true nature is none of those things. That gladness or sadness is not the mind, but only a mood coming to deceive us. The untrained mind gets lost and follows these things; it forgets itself.

When there is no longer any wrongness, there is no longer any stress. When there is no stress, there is calm. The calm mind is a clean, clear mind, one that harbors no angry thoughts. How can you make the mind clear? Just by knowing it. ” You might feel like smashing them, every single one of them. Whatever you look at looks bad: the chickens, the ducks, the cats, the dogs—you hate them all. Everything your husband says is offensive. Even looking into your own mind, you’re dissatisfied. What can you do in such a situation?

It isn’t necessary to become a monastic, although the monastic life is the ideal form for practice. To really practice, you have to forsake the confusion of the world, give up family and possessions, and take to the forests. That’s the ideal way to practice. But if we have a family and responsibilities, how are we to practice? Some people say it’s impossible to practice Dhamma as a lay person. But consider, which group is larger, monastics or lay people? There are far more lay people. Now if only the monastics practice and lay people don’t, then that means there’s going to be a lot of confusion.

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