On Stealing the Light
A good runner leaves no track.
Therefore the Sage is good at helping men;
Therefore the good man is the Teacher of the bad.
He who neither values his teacher
Lin Yu Tang
A good walker leaves no tracks;
This is called “following the light.”
What is a good man?
If the teacher is not respected,
Jane English and Gia-fu Feng
“Teachers have the most to learn, learners have the most to teach, and preachers move a lot of air. It doesn’t bother the air.”
Learners teach, and teachers learn.
If the teacher is not the student then the lesson is neither loved nor learned.
No matter how praised and successful the teacher is,
no matter the books and websites and media appearances the teacher makes,
no matter how clever the teacher is –
when even one person is abandoned
the light is lost and confusion follows.
Take care of all persons,
abandon no one,
lest you abandon yourself.
Take care of all things,
abandon no thing,
lest you abandon the light.
The good and the bad are one thing.
The teacher and the student are one person.
The one thing and the one person are One.
This is the subtle, secret center of the Tao.