dao daoism

There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Solitary. Unchanging.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.
It flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things.
The Tao is great.
The universe is great.
Earth is great.
Man is great.
These are the four great powers.
Man follows the earth.
Earth follows the universe.
The universe follows the Tao.
The Tao follows only itself.
—  Lao-Tzu, The Tao Te Ching

“At the very roots of Chinese thinking and feeling there lies the principle of polarity, which is not to be confused with the ideas of opposition or conflict. In the metaphors of other cultures, light is at war with darkness, life with death, good with evil, and the positive with the negative, and thus an idealism to cultivate the former and be rid of the latter flourishes throughout much of the world. To the traditional way of Chinese thinking, this is as incomprehensible as an electric current without both positive and negative poles, for polarity is the principle that + and -, north and south, are different aspects of one and the same system, and that the disappearance of either one of them would be the disappearance of the system.” - Alan Watts

Calligraphy by me. Ink on rice paper, scanned in and cleaned up digitally.
(I still have to practice more.)

Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know. Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust. This is the primal identity. Be like the Tao. It can’t be approached or withdrawn from, benefited or harmed, honored or brought into disgrace. It gives itself up continually. That is why it endures.
—  Tao Te Ching

“If I clamped your fingers in a vice and asked you to listen to a lecture on suffering, you could hardly be blamed for screaming at me. In the same way, can we truly expect people to consider the painful nature of existence while they are already in pain?

Just as a person in severe pain after an accident, trauma, or illness cannot be called well, but they must certainly try to get well, people have to be healed from pain before they can consider spirituality.

Just ask if a person is in pain before you talk about anything esoteric. Ask yourself if you’re in pain before you turn to spirituality. Until the pain is managed, we can hardly see the sun through the clouds.”

- Deng Ming-Dao

When I was a boy, my grandmother asked me to break a chopstick, which I couldn’t do, but was able to flex enough to get the idea. Then she gave me a bundle, which I couldn’t even bend with both hands. The lesson was that people in cooperation will prevail where a single person will not. Collecting leads to power.

At another time, she put a bean between two pieces of blotter paper, wet them, and put them in the window of her lightwell. Gradually, the bean put out roots, then a stem, and gradually an entire plant. Rising began from something small, and proceeded according to a process that was invisible in the short run, but which grew day by day.

For the Way of Change, how do we use collecting? We gather people, resources, and knowledge. Action depends on collecting what we need to be successful.

That collecting can be dramatic, as when a leader makes an urgent call to action to repel an invading enemy. But it can just as well be subtle and gradual. That bean, for example, was already a collection of DNA and nutrients. Once planted it continued to gather energy, water, and nutrients as it sprouted into a full plant over a long period of time. We may want to rise up—but we must know how to build little by little.

My grandmother’s first lesson was a matter of collecting. Her second lesson showed that it was not just collecting, but direction and patience it if we are to rise.

—  Deng Ming-Dao
The Genki Dama Explained

“The Genki Dama is Goku’s signature technique, but do you understand it?What is the Genki Dama made of? Where does the idea for this technique originate? And why is it so powerful?By the time you finish reading this article you will fully understand the Genki Dama in a way that no else in the world ever has.It’s a long one, so I suggest brewing some tea. Perhaps oolong or puer would be fitting.

Genki Dama (元気玉) is a Japanese term written in Kanji and integrally connected with Daoist culture.

Genki (元気) means Origin Ki and is the transliterated term for the Chinese YuanQi (元気).

Genki is the original Ki of all matter. That is to say, matter in our world is composed of molecules, and below molecules are atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons, ions, neutrinos, quarks, gluons, and progressing infinitesimally downward to more microcosmic particles.

At the very origin of all matter, in the most microcosmic realm, is our Genki. It is what lies at the core of our being, buried underneath all those many layers of particles that end with the molecules that comprise our surface body.

Genki is composed of the characteristic of the universe and is virtuous and pure. It is the higher level, original, divine part of all matter, and it is extremely dense, refined and powerful.”

Continue reading at http://thedaoofdragonball.com/blog/martial-arts/the-genki-dama-explained/#disqus_thread 

When the sun rises, the moon sets.
When the moon sets, the sun rises.

Thus, pressure needs relief.
Ambition needs leisure.

Justice needs mercy.
And work needs rest.

Even practice needs play,
and discipline needs pleasure.

Push all you want, as you
strive for the spiritual—

but also play every day,
and rest soundly at night.

Even trekking seekers
camp and watch the moon.

—  Deng Ming-Dao