one must bend
in the floating world
snow on the bamboo

Chiyo-ni


Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine,
or to the bamboo if you want to learn about the bamboo.
In doing so, you must leave your subjective preoccupation with yourself.
Otherwise you impose yourself on the object and do not learn.

Basho


For the individual trained in the practice of Zen meditation,
this state of mind is what he works at constantly,
not only in sitting meditation, but in his daily activities.

Basho

Zen has roots within Chan Buddhism which in turn was influenced by Taoism. So as a Taoist I find Zen practice to be refreshing in its nature. Within Zen, the concept of the Zen Garden leaves me most at peace. As a Taoist I consider every moment of my life is within a vast Zen Garden. Watching the world moving within lines of motion and forms of empty space. For myself, every moment is spent in meditation and awareness as I see mother earth as a complete Zen Garden.

The West atomizes everything into distinct realms and subjects for purpose of the ego to control. Taoism instead drops the ego and teaches methods on how to integrate all aspects of life into a complete experience.

If one truly desires to learn Taoism,
then practice embracing the world itself as a Zen Garden.

Casey Kochmer

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