Heavenly Seclusion (Tianyinzi—Taoist Meditation)

translated by Livia Kohn

The Yijing says: “The way of Heaven and Earth is simple.” What does this mean?

The Master of Heavenly Seclusion says: “Heaven and Earth are above my head and beneath my feet. When I open my eyes I can see them. I can speak of them without complex devices. Thus I say: consummate simplicity is the inherent potency of immortality.”

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Published originally as a chapter of Sitting in Oblivion: The Heart of Daoist Meditation, Three Pines Press, 2010.