Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Delayed Daily Musing - December 27th, 2012 - Accuracy - 準確性 - Zhǔnquè xìng

Accuracy - 準確性 - Zhǔnquè xìng

Make every arrow count.
Pick your target carefully,
hit it dead center.
Perfect concentration, defined by
an effortless flow.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

A spiritual life requires focused action. A spiritual acolyte needs quick reflexes, accurate timing, and honed skill. This is why followers of Tao are always compounding upon self-cultivation. They wish to achieve the greatest ability, to do whatever they must, whenever necessary.

Each day, our lives grow a little shorter. Every move we make counts. All that matters is accomplishing our vision, with careful haste. Once we do, the aspect of our interest is shed, allowing room for the next idea to take its place. If we do not engage in this ongoing process of action, we will never satisfy the various facets of our soul. Realization will not become fully matured until we do.

Some assert there is no end to desire, so we should always undercut our ambitions. This does not address our need for satisfaction. We do need to be satisfied in life, in order to develop of a sense of well-being. If we constantly undercut our ambition, we will never accomplish anythinggreat, nor will we satisfy our innate yearnings. This leaves us full of frustration, uncertain of the future, and timid towards our fellow man. Therefore, to follow Tao, we must identify our inner longing, and dispatch them quickly, as a hunter stalking game.  

Do not draw out the game of  life and death; the end will come soon enough, for all of us.