The Way of Yao

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"The Way of Yao" number 85 of 200 from Robert Aitken's book Miniatures of a Zen Master.

Dungshen Laingjie or as we more commonly no him as Tozan Ryokai, was the founder of what became the Soto school of Zen. He lived 806-869. We have him to thank for the Zen territorial map called the Five Ranks.

According to Aitken Roshi, Tozan encourages us to 'make the way of Yao' our own. Yao was one of the mythological emperors in the 'Three August Ones and Five Emperors' which according to legend ruled China between c. 2850 BC to 2205 BC. While Yao's and his son's, Shun, lives were complicated, they were moral and benevolent and are held up as examples even today.

Yao encouraged everyone in his kingdom to be playful and creative, to dance and sing with each other. Good advice even today!

I want to let all my friends know that Jack Duffy has started releasing the audio recordings of his sesshin Dharma talks. Here is the link to download. I'm helping him with the this, so if you see problems or have suggestions let me know and I'll pass them on.

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