Tag Archive | Eastern philosophy

The Living Tao – Stanza One

The true way is unknown and so is the untrue way There are no names to understand It Creation does not care that It is the source of creation Emanating as some thing It is not without nourishment Mysteries are revealed Become Its way Attain Its perfection Do not use words to describe Its no-thing-ness […]

Zen and Transmission of Mind – Part II

What is Mind? Reasoning and logic are intellectual processes that require types of study to permit the student access to different forms of thinking. This has to do with words: the most mysterious form of communications known. What a word means is not usually the intent with which it is used. Very few people know […]

Zen and Transmission of Mind – Part I

Having studied Zen for many years, I have come to understand that there is really nothing to understand, especially the concepts of ‘mind/no-mind’ or ‘thing/no-thing.’ Once past the intellectual aspects of Zen, it is discovered that it is the most freeing reality you will ever encounter and is the basis of all mental acumen relative […]

Poem From “The Living Tao”

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The Musician’s Book of Five Rings Intro

The Master Greets You My name is Miyamoto Musashi. I have beaten over sixty battle-tested warriors in personal combat and duels. As I approached my sixtieth year, I took a step back, and, reflecting upon my life, and, in a flash of insight and wisdom, came to understand my great success. Having been virtuous and […]

Haiku for Miyamoto Musashi

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Newly Revised Living Tao Book

The Living Tao – Meditations on the Tao Te Ching to Empower Your Life Introducing the newly revised edition of my book, The Living Tao, with new book cover. The Living Tao presents eighty-one original poems followed by the author’s commentary relating each to the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of life, based on the […]

The Oneness of All

Combined imagery and quote is an ongoing, collaborative project between myself and Peggy A Thompson. For more info on Hanshi Stephen Kaufman, visit http://www.hanshi.com

Act Without Action

Poem 64 Hold a sparrow in your hand before it becomes tame Nurture your garden before the weeds run amok Taste fresh berries before they are picked Act without action and the future can be foreseen   Foreseeing the future you can know the result of labors You can know the care to give to […]

The Living Tao – Poem 66

A man lives his life as he sees fit. If he is unhappy, then he changes his mind. Unless he is a fool, he accepts things without understanding the ability to change circumstance. Standing ahead of his children he sees himself as his own son. And, being his own son, he is able to ask […]

To Maintain Control You Must Let Things Go

Though you have and hold you still do not possess To maintain control you must let things go If your house is filled with treasures your sleep is always uneasy You do not know when strangers will approach Take all you can and fill your coffers with gold   Throwing it back to the crowd […]

Meditations on the Tao Te Ching to Empower Your Life

Excerpt from The Living Tao Poem 7 Death does not exist and only reveals nextness Wisdom does not permit the end of itself A man can only learn to move forward in any direction Not being concerned with what went He should not care for the rewards of the day Seeking only that which can […]