道场 Dào·Chǎng

Notes of a lifelong learner and perpetual beginner on martial arts, mindfulness, Chinese calligraphy…and many, many cups of tea.


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Green Tea Leadership

I have been studying and thinking about leadership styles recently. Driving home from work, I came up with the idea of “green tea leadership.” It goes something like this…

Green tea leadership style:
Too strong, it is bitter to the taste.
Too weak, it will not invigorate the senses and spirit.
In between, the work is accomplished, and there is no resting in it.

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“…enter naturally into the Way.”

“The first requirement for learning the Way is hard work; then you need to learn to be a member of society, which means doing good and refraining from evil, building up character. When you have developed virtue and built up character, eventually you enter naturally into the Way.”

~ Zhang Hodao in Opening the Dragon Gate by Chen Kaiguo and Zheng Shunchao (translated by Thomas Cleary, p.6)

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第997字 | Character #997: 堅

Today’s traditional Chinese character is “solid” or “unwavering”. In the Tao Te Ching, there is the text:

Know the active,
But keep the passive!
Be an example to the world!
Being an example to the world,
Always true and unwavering,
Return to the infinite.

Have a good day!
~ Tom Delaney, dao-chang.com

來學正體字 | Learn Traditional Chinese Characters

The character 堅(ㄐㄧㄢ) means solid, or unwavering.
堅 at moedict.
Evolution of 堅.

堅(ㄐㄧㄢ)強(ㄑㄧㄤˊ) – resolute, sturdy
堅(ㄐㄧㄢ)固(ㄍㄨˋ) – firm and solid
堅(ㄐㄧㄢ)決(ㄐㄩㄝˊ) – determined

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第977字 | Character #977: 懂

Here is today’s traditional Chinese character — “to understand.” I found this quote from the Tao Te Ching (tr. Stephen Mitchel) to think about with this character today:

The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand.

Have a good day!
– Tom Delaney

來學正體字 | Learn Traditional Chinese Characters

The character 懂(ㄉㄨㄥˇ) means to understand.
懂 at moedict.

懂(ㄉㄨㄥˇ)事(ㄕˋ) – sensible

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第975字 | Character #975: 彎

Traditional Chinese Character: To Bend

“To bend like a reed in the wind – that is real strength.”
~ Tao Te Ching

來學正體字 | Learn Traditional Chinese Characters

The character 彎(ㄨㄢ) means to bend.
彎 at moedict.
Evolution of 彎.

彎(ㄨㄢ)曲(ㄑㄩ) – curved
彎(ㄨㄢ)腰(ㄧㄠ) – to bend down

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