Zhuangzi: Basic Writings

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DISCUSSION ON MAKING
ALL THINGS EQUAL
(SECTION 2)

Ziqi of South Wall sat leaning on his armrest, staring up at the sky and breathing—vacant and far away, as though he'd lost his companion.1 Yan Cheng Ziyou, who was standing by his side in attendance, said, “What is this? Can you really make the body like a withered tree and the mind like dead ashes? The man leaning on the armrest now is not the one who leaned on it before!”

Ziqi said, “You do well to ask the question, Yan. Now I have lost myself. Do you understand that? You hear the piping of men, but you haven't heard the piping of earth. Or if you've heard the piping of earth, you haven't heard the piping of Heaven!”

Ziyou, “May I venture to ask what this means?” Ziqi said, “The Great Clod belches out breath and its name is wind. So long as it doesn't come forth, nothing happens. But when it does, then ten thousand hollows begin crying wildly. Can't you hear them, long drawn out? In the mountain forests

1 The word “companion” is interpreted variously to mean his associates, his wife,
or his own body.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Free and Easy Wandering - (Section I) 23
  • Discussion on Making All Things Equal - (Section 2) 31
  • The Secret of Caring for Life1 - (Section 3) 45
  • In the World of Men - (Section 4) 49
  • The Sign of Virtue Complete - (Section 5) 63
  • The Great and Venerable Teacher - (Section 6) 73
  • Fit for Emperors and Kings - (Section 7) 89
  • Autumn Floods - (Section 17) 97
  • Supreme Happiness - (Section 18) 113
  • Mastering Life - (Section 19) 121
  • External Things - (Section 26) 133
  • Index 143
  • Other Works in the Columbia Asian 153
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