A Meditation on Friendship

Brian Lundberg

When Confucius asks what he means by sitting and forgetting, Yanhui replies “I drop off my limbs, drive out perception and understanding, distance myself from my physical form, get rid of knowledge, and thereby become identical with the great thoroughfare… Awareness is not a matter of filling our heads with more analytical knowledge, nor is it a matter of book learning, but is an abandoning and letting go of ossified conceptions.”

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Published originally in Roger T. Ames (ed.), Wandering at Ease in the Zhuangzi. SUNY Press, 1998. Reproduced here with thanks.