Benjamin Hoff

A Quote by Benjamin Hoff on taosim, wisdom, simplicity, and presence

From the state of the Uncarved Block comes the ability to enjoy the simple and the quiet, the natural and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work, odd as that may appear to others at times. As Piglet put it in Winnie-the-Pooh, "Pooh hasn't much Brain, but he never comes to any harm. He does silly things and they turn out right."

Benjamin Hoff

Source: The Tao of Pooh

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A Quote by Benjamin Hoff on taoism, maturity, adult, children, awakening, realization, enlightenment, and wisdom

But the adult is not the highest stage of development. The end of the cycle is that of the independent, clear-minded, all-seeing Child. That is the level known as wisdom. When the Tao te Ching and other wise books say things like, "Return to the beginning; become a child again" that's what they are referring to. Why do the enlightened seem filled with light and happiness like children? Why do they sometimes even look and talk like children? Because they are. The wise are Children Who Know. Their minds have been emptied of the countless minute somethings of small learning and filled with the great wisdom of the Great Nothing, the Way of the Universe.

Benjamin Hoff

Source: The Tao of Pooh

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A Quote by Benjamin Hoff on presence, appreciation, gratitude, attitude, and tao

"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"
"What's for breakfast? said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
"It's the same thing," he said.

Benjamin Hoff

Source: The Tao of Pooh

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A Quote by Benjamin Hoff on wisdom and taosim

"What's that?" the Unbeliever asked.
"Wisdom from the Western Taoist,"I said.
"It sounds like something from Winnie-the-Pooh ," he said.
"It is," I said.
"That's not about Taoism," he said.
"Oh, yes it is," I said."

Benjamin Hoff

Source: The Tao of Pooh

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A Quote by Benjamin Hoff on taoism, perspective, appreciation, gratitude, tao, and understanding

Through working in harmony with life's circumstances, Taoist understanding changes what others may percieve as negative into something positive.

Benjamin Hoff

Source: The Tao of Pooh

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A Quote by Benjamin Hoff on taoism, learning, and wisdom

The wise are not learned; the learned are not wise.

Benjamin Hoff

Source: The Tao of Pooh

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A Quote by Benjamin Hoff on belonging, tao, taoism, self, wisdom, and intuition

Everything has its own place and function. That applies to people, although many don't seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrong job, the wrong marriage, or the wrong house. When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don't belong.

Benjamin Hoff

Source: The Tao of Pooh

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A Quote by Benjamin Hoff on tense, relaxation, thinking, and meditation

And when you try too hard, it doesn't work. Try grabbing something quickly and precisely with a tensed-up arm; then relax and try it again. Try doing something with a tense mind. The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard--one that thinks too much.

Benjamin Hoff

Source: The Tao of Pooh, Pages: 76

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A Quote by Benjamin Hoff on weakness, strength, awareness, and acceptance

A saying from the area of Chinese medicine would be appropriate to mention here: "One disease, long life; no disease, short life." In other words, those who know what's wrong with them and take care of themselves accordingly will tend to live a lot longer than those who consider themselves perfectly happy and neglect their weakness. So, in that sense at least, a Weakness of some sort can do you a big favor, if you acknowledge that it's there.

Benjamin Hoff

Source: The Tao of Pooh, Pages: 48

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A Quote by Benjamin Hoff on wisdom, compassion, knowledge, and heart

Those who have no compassion have no wisdom. Knowledge, yes; cleverness, maybe; wisdom, no. A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn't really care. Wisdom does.

Benjamin Hoff

Source: The Tao of Pooh

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