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Wuwei – Book Entry

From shifu Michael’s third book coming out in January 2019

Shifu Michael RinaldiniJanuary 20, 2018
I recently purchased a used book from that I came across in a retreat center library. I thought I should have it in my own library since its main subject matter is on silence and solitude. It’s not a particularly spiritual book but it highlights that aspect of solitude which is appealing to the sensitive type of person who craves a simple life. The book is Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton. She varies her time between living in a simple cottage in New Hampshire and living in New York City. She passed away in 1995 in her 80’s. Even though she led a full life as a writer, her love of solitude was expressed throughout her life. From her journal writings, she says, “The value of solitude – one of its values – is, of course, that there is nothing to cushion against attacks from within, just as there is nothing to help balance at times of particular stress or depression” (Sarton 1973, 16). She also connects her love of solitude with her mental states which were sometimes marked by depression and even suicide. “Later on in the night I reached a quite different level of being. I was thinking about solitude, its supreme value. Here in Nelson I have been close to suicide more than once, and more than once have been close to a mystical experience of unity with the universe” (1973, 57). I have often said to others when they ask me about my own experiences in solitude, that the solitary experience reveals to the person who they really are. There is no one to play games (that is, psychological ego games) with, and you just have yourself to confront. You can be totally honest with yourself, or you can be self-deceptive. In either case, you’ll know which of these is your real self.

Observation on Wu Wei


The Motto is “Final good, all good”.

One can see life is happening as a vision, with all aches and sorrow, happiness and joy.
All movements belong to Dao.

Just observing, everything is a reaction on something.
Speaking, hearing, smelling, seeing, tasting, feeling.
Just observe – nothing to do, nothing to not-do – just observe.

There is final good.

Author: Priest Wú Wù

Wu Wei and No Mind are Not Two

I always wanted to be a poet but practice Bagua instead. It is a way of not-doing to do.
I do, however, enjoy reading poetry. And, perhaps, it is the most effective mode of illustrating that Wu Wei (non-action) and No-mind are Not Two.
Below is a gem from the Chinese poet Wang Wei (701-761). After reading it, I hope you will intuit what I am aiming at.

I dismount from my horse and drink your wine.
I ask where you’re going
You say you are a failure
and want to hibernate at the foot of Deep South Mountain.
Once you’re gone no one will ask about you.
There are endless white clouds on the mountain.
(Translated by Tony and Willis Barnstone and Xu Haixin)

Many bows to Master Wan Wei. Not-doing and no-mind are the single source of potential.
Wu Wei and No Mind are Not two. Poetry in motion. Time for some Bagua practice.

Written by
John Gist
Priest-in-Training 2013

Newsletter Summer 2013 – WuWei


It’s easy to see the meaning of Wu Wei as inaction when using direct translations from Chinese into English but in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The universe is a dynamic place and all its components, vibrant, progressing, moving forward and keeping to a natural rhythm. Everything evolves and changes and it is when we are able to hitch our ride on this heartbeat, which is the natural world, it is then we can feel and understand what wu wei is. With each step and movement we make within the sense of Tao, we discover ourselves becoming more and more responsive to the natural elements both inside us and surrounding us. Take for example the sense of being still and doing a Buddha qigong. The connection with all those around is absolute and unquestioning. We become part of nature and in our regular day to day lives, we can achieve wu wei by simply being true to ourselves within the natural world. What does this mean? It means to go with the flow. The flow is the natural order of life and it’s occurrences. “Wu wei occurs beyond the need for formal religious or secular moral precepts of any sort.” Think of action as something which requires great effort to perform beyond the norm. If we follow nature and our hearts and minds, if we dare to empty out that which we don’t need, then we might, we might just fall into the spring which leads into the stream, down through the river returning to the ocean of wu wei.

Written by
Jane Nash
ADGL Member