The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton







The woman in whom Tao

acts without impediment

does not bother with her own interests

and does not despise

others who do.


She does not struggle to make money

and does not make a virtue of poverty.

She goes her way

without relying on others

And does not pride herself

on walking alone.


While she does not follow the crowd,

she won’t complain of those who do.

Rank and reward

make no appeal to her;

Disgrace and shame

do not deter her.


She is not always looking

for right and wrong,

always deciding “Yes” or “No.”


– Thomas Merton