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Insight Philosophies and Proverbs

 

In the silence of my meditation, I receive guidance and direction.

     I am filled with all I need to take my next step.

                                                           - Ace Clemens (student of Dutch Jenkins) -

 

To see a thing uncolored by one's own personal preferences and desires,

     is to see it in it's own pristine simplicity.

 

He who knows that enough is enough, will always have enough.

 

Not caring for anyone in particular, is caring for all mankind in general.

 

Do not run away; let go.

     Do not seek; for it will come when least expected.

 

If there is something you have not studied,

     or, having studied it you are unable to do it,

          do not file it away;

If there is a question that you have not asked,

     or, to which you have been unable to find the answer,

          do not consider the matter closed;

If you have not thought of a problem,

     or, having thought of it, you have not resolved it,

          do not think the matter settled;

If you have tried to make a distinction,

     but have not made it clear,

          do not sink into contentment.

 

If there is something that you don't want anyone to know about,

     Don't Do It!

 

You may hide something from men;

     You can hide nothing from the spirits.

 

Wisdom is better than weapons of war.

 

A Chinese student was traveling in the mountains and came upon a tree so large that his surprise knew no limits.

     "How is it that this tree has grown so large?" As he looked, he saw that the branches were crooked, thereby unable to provide a strong roof. The trunk had grown with such irregularity that it would be spurned by cabinet makers. The leaves were the most bitter he had ever tasted. The odor so heavy as to repel the strongest man.

     "AH!" he exclaimed, "this tree would be deemed useless by men and thus it has continued to this size. A good example for wise men to follow."

 

Above all else, you must find your own way.

 

The Martial Path is a way of life,

     your dealing with how to generate and maintain peace.

 

If one does not begin with a right attitude,

     there is little hope for a right ending.

 

If all your life you remain with a clear conscience,

     you need not fear a knock at the door at midnight.

 

Truth and Peace are to be found within oneself, and not gained from another.

 

He who knows others is wise.

     He who knows himself is enlightened.

 

The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose.

     Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear.

Make a hairbreath difference and heaven and earth are set apart;

     If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against.

The struggle between "for" and "against" is the minds worst disease.

 

Remembering is for those who have forgotten.

 

The wise man seeks everything in himself;

     The ignorant man tries to get everything from somebody else.

He who puts forth his strength and keeps back his weakness,

     is like a deep river into which all the streams flow.

His virtues shall increase until once again he is a pure as in childhood.

 

Wise students, when they hear of the "Tao,"

     carry it earnestly into practice.

Average students, when they hear of the "Tao,"

     think about it now and then.

Foolish students, when they hear of the "Tao,"

     laugh loudly.

If it were not for the laughter, the "Tao" would not be what it is.

 

To overcome pride, be humble.

To overcome hate, be loving.

To overcome selfishness, be generous.

To overcome excitement, be calm.

To overcome ignorance, use knowledge.

To overcome evil, be good.

To overcome restlessness, meditate.

Finding peace in meditation, you shall find all things that you craved.

 

If happiness is in your destiny, you need not be in a hurry.

 

When you sit alone, meditate on your faults.

     In conversation, do not discuss the faults of others.

 

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