External tranquility found in nature, inner tran
quility cultivated in city, ultimate tranquility realised in wise action (& inaction).
action without awareness is child, action with awareness is adult
stillness with awareness is deep sleep/meditation, stillness without awareness is samadhi
Where is Dao? …shh……
-> Confucius does not advocate for poverty, just for non-attachment to sensual and emotional comfort or stability. Do your work diligently, speak carefully, and refine yourself from virtuous persons.
-> Why? To build up one’s credibility. When we accomplish what we say or promise, we build trust so others can rely on us. If we promise too much but later cannot deliver, it hurts our confidence, and credibility.
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Eat, but do not indulge in taste; Live, but do not endulge in stability. What else do we seek? Aren’t we here to seek comfort, stability, and enjoyment? To Confucius, there are many things that are of more importance, which are knowledge, learning, benevolence and harmony. What is important to you?
When speaking of our plan, how often can we deliver them as said? How often did we speak of something that we fail to deliver? It takes time to build up one’s credibility, but it takes only a few incidence to destroy it. Therefore, Confucius suggested earnest in doing, and careful in speaking. This is in line with the Buddhist teachings of mindfulness in action, speech, and intention.
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