Chuang Tzu was a Chinese Taoist philosopher of the fourth century BCE. He was the author of the compilation of writings known as the "Chuang-Tzu," from which "Action and Non-Action" was taken. This poem asserts a distinction between inaction and non-action, attributing the latter to the wise man and calling it "the root of all things." This reading could be used to spark a discussion of the relationship between reflection or contemplation and action.
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The Way of Chuang Tzu, translated by Thomas Merton. New Directions, 1965.
Reading - Short Enough to Read Aloud.
What enables change? What gets in the way?What kind of change am I making? What kind of change does the world need?What are the qualities of a good teacher?How can contemplation change our actions?How do we become wise?What do we learn from silence?What does it look like to be truly present?What is wisdom? How do we learn how to make wise choices?
Hearing the Call Across Traditions