The ‘real’ person, the person of Tao – truly a Tao master – Is someone
you have met and had no idea of their views, wants, needs, likes or
Religion never came up in conversation, they were good to you but
never made out they were being good. They were calm and collected
but never felt the need to tell you how easy going they were. They
fitted in and blended with the crowd without any loss of
individuality. They were good at all things that came their way, did
there best and had no bashfulness over their poor performance or ego
over their greater achievements. They shone with an inner brightness
and radiated a deep seated warmth but wore no label, no jewels, no
robe, no dog collar, no stripes on their arms, no marks of distinction.
Fitting in and getting along they were solid and dependable – you
could miss them for a day or a year and be greeted the same on
meeting again. Always fit for a good laugh and a joke, they could be
told your inner woes and neither give you advice or break your trust.
If you asked for advice on life they’d tell you something about death,
if you asked for advice on colours they’d play you a song, if you
wanted fine food they’d make you some tea. On every occasion
meeting your needs in the most simplistic, unassuming yet well
They appeared in your life without you noticing them, and
disappeared softly without a trace. They were your greatest masters
and never asked for thanks. You probably owe them your heartfelt
gratitude but their reward is that you treated them like a completely
The wave who wanted to be the ocean
The big wave who wanted to be as vast as the ocean – eventually
gave up trying to get bigger and bigger – it dropped down, forgot
itself and became.
Only an ego searches for enlightenment as an ego is the only thing
that is not enlightened. The only fake in reality is this idea of self.
When ego finds what it selfishly seeks it finds the absence of ego.
Realizing itself as nothing but an idea, it renders itself Extinguished.
What reality finds when it is rid of ego is that ..
You can not become what you already are.
I asked my dog what she’d like to do for her birthday and she said
she had nothing to wear and no money but wanted to have a nice run
by the river and chew a stick or two.
I thought this was a great idea.
I asked my friend and she said her boyfriend had exams, they had
just moved house, work was stressful and she may not get home in
time to even have a rest before her birthday was out.
I thought “and you, human, are the smart one?”
Stories by Ta Wan
“Where Zen and Buddhism will say the truth, enlightenment,
and so on can be reached through dedicated meditation and
practice, a Tao master may sip some wine, fart, and go to sleep.”