obviously it's already in my signature but i'll repost it here:
"Do not hanker for fame. Do not make plans. Do not try to do things. Do not try to master knowledge. Hold what is but do not hold it to be anything. Work with all that comes from heaven, but do not seek to hold it. Just be empty. The perfect man's heart is like a mirror. It does not search after things. It does not look for things. It does not seek knowledge, just responds. As a result he can handle everything and is not harmed by anything." -Chuang Tzu
so this is a taoist quote. the idea is found in zen and probably other traditions as well. does it fit in theravada or not? does the advice to bahiya sound like this?:
"Then, Bāhiya, you should train yourself thus: In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen. In reference to the heard, only the heard. In reference to the sensed, only the sensed. In reference to the cognized, only the cognized. That is how you should train yourself. When for you there will be only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the sensed in reference to the sensed, only the cognized in reference to the cognized, then, Bāhiya, there is no you in connection with that. When there is no you in connection with that, there is no you there. When there is no you there, you are neither here nor yonder nor between the two. This, just this, is the end of stress."
"Bāhiya Sutta: Bāhiya" (Ud 1.10), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, 3 September 2012, . Retrieved on 28 January 2013.
that leads to an even more intriguing question: was lao tzu a paccekabuddha ? i have found other quotes that could fall right in with the pali canon in the chuang tzu. i'll post them tonight.
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