The wise student hears of the Tao 

and practices it diligently.

The average student hears of the Tao 

and gives it thought now and again.

The foolish student hears of the Tao 

and laughs aloud.

If there were no laughter, 

the Tao would not be what it is.




When you are very active in the world,

 is it not so very easy to identify with the body?

It is not because of the activities that you identify with the body , 

it is because of the identification with the body 

that the activities are claimed.





Imagine for a moment that everything, 

that is right now manifest, including your own body 

has suddenly disappeared.

Where precisely is it, 

that the resulting nothingness 

would be registered?




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