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“The Balance Between Reading and Meditation”


Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

The wise Neo-Confucian Zhu Hsi (1130-1200) would recommend half a day reading and the other half quietly sitting.

Well, my reading’s far ahead of my quiet sitting. I’ve read all my life and meditated much less than half.

It’s time I restored the balance.

Don’t read – just sit quietly and They will give you what you need to know.

And perhaps it was Zhu Hsi who gave this thought to me now.