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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Daily Musing - April 4th, 2013 - Nonyielding - 非收益 - Fēi shōuyì

Nonyielding - 非收益 - Fēi shōuyì

Follow the rules
of the combat arena.
Inside the cage,
never yield to aggressors.
When outside,
affirm compassion.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao



The world and society as a whole are competitive. The sages use the warrior metaphor to show how to meet this competition. Never yield to the aggression of an opponent. Sidestep, but never give way.

Whether you are a lawyer, officer, firefighter, doctor, businessman, athlete, or any other profession, you will invariably come into competition with others in the field (or natural forces which present obstacles in your way). There is a right and a wrong way to compete. Avoid anger and greed. Use concentration and awareness.

It is not mere coincidence that concentration and awareness are also a necessity for spiritual cultivation. This is why followers of Tao incorporate the way of the warrior into spiritual training. The warrior and the sage both seek transcendence of emotion and pettiness as a path to self-perfection - a life lived in pursuit of the deepest truth.

Outside the arena, always remember to be kind. Leave the associated aggression of competition behind. You must still possess awareness, concentration, and reflex but use a different form of expression. Compassion can be exercised in place of force. That is why the combination of these two ways, of the warrior and Tao, can coexist so perfectly. The versatility provided to the complete being cannot be replicated by the brash and boastful swordsman. The complete being commands the extremes of the universe while maintaining the balance within.