Shining Mind

The I Ching is a Proven Guide to Action and Quiescence


A Study of Inner Design and the Shining Mind

The I Ching or Book of Changes, the oldest and most profound of the Chinese classics, has gained widespread acceptance in many fields of interest in the contemporary West. Starting with the simplest principles conceivable to the human mind, it elaborates a structure of structures that has long been used to analyze phenomena in all areas of human interest.

Today there is great interest in the application of the principles of the I Ching and derivative texts on vitality, spirit and energy in personal, group, business and political worlds.

The Shining Mind is the quiescence of the mind of Tao in correspondence with the human mind.

The program covers 36,000 moments over the period of one year. The zen shojo is four consecutive Transformative Tao sojourns and meditation disciplines.




Cheng Yi's commentary on the I Ching of the theme of professional and social life

People's minds should always be alive, so that they reach everywhere and do not stagnate in one corner.

When enlightened people are awaiting the right time to act, they are calm and controlled. Even if they have ambitions, they are easygoing, as if they were going to spend the rest of their lives in their present state. Thus they can be consistent. Those who are ambitious even though they do not advance cannot remain normal.

If people cannot be at ease in simple poverty and low status, then when they advance they act out of greed and haste, just to get out of poverty and lowliness, not to do something positive. Once they have gotten ahead, they will inevitably indulge in excess.

Wise people live plainly, happily when at home, active in society. Therefore, when they get ahead, They accomplish good works. If desire for status and the wish to carry out the Tao are battling within you, how can you live plainly?

When people have talent and intelligence but are not given an opportunity to use them, they are frustrated. This happens when they are imbalanced and therefore intent on doing something. this is different from the case of people who work when there is an opportunity and retire when there is none.

When people are in trouble, there is only one way of dealing with it. After you have exhausted all the strategic possibilities, you should deal with the matter calmly. Some people keep mulling over affairs, to no benefit. If you do not know how to put a matter aside once you have dealt with it, then you are not doing your duty or living your lifer.

If people have such will that they feel, as the classic says, that "if one hears the Way in the morning, one may well die that night." then they will not be willing to live even a single day in a way that they should not...If people cannot be like this, it is just because they have not seen the truth. Truth means truly seeing what is so and what is not so. when you find truth in your heart, it is distinct of itself. If you just hear about it and talk about it, you do not see it in your heart. If you see truth, you will never agree to live in a way you should not.

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The I Ching, or the Book of Changes, is in current use today by Chinese statesmen and business executives as a decision making tool. Now you can too.

Applying the wisdom of the Tao, or the Way, always brings you exactly what you need when you need it to stay successful no matter the circumstances. Everything is useful in the Tao.

Seminar Description: Participants will formulate and explore a question using their personal guides then prepare a plan of action in time and space towards reaching their declared accomplishment, achievement or goal. The inquiry is framed in terms of what you want to do, be or have.

The Oracle is the I Ching, a construction of eight trigrams that form a combination of sixty four hexagrams that describes humans social and cultural activities.

The process offers an opening to experiencing through the intuitive mind while manifesting using the rational mind.

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Dale Bruder is a life student of the Tao through the I Ching. Since 1976 he has been applying the I Ching to his self the way psychoanalysts and Zen teachers apply psychoanalysis or Zen to themselves before presenting to others.


His studies of Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian  I Ching texts towards  mastery of the 'hall of mirrors at the end of a giant kaleidoscope'  continues today. His intellectual journey is to match the complexity of ordinary real life with total coherence of the three views of Chinese thought.


Life is cyclical and sequential; a series of events and episodes that advances or reverses goals and aspirations.


Making use of and learning from the experience is a key component of a well lived life. Using the Tao Time path changes the social, cultural, technological and economic push/pulls into a flow that is navigable.


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The Shining Mind

The shining mind is always calm; in action, it responds to myriad changes. Even when active, it is essentially always calm.
The wandering mind is always stirring; in quietude it produces myriad thoughts. Even when quiet, it is basically always astir.

Of old it has been said, always extinguish the stirring mind, don't extinguish the shining mind. The unstirring mind is the shining mind; The mind which does not stop is the wandering mind.

The shining mind is the mind of Tao, the wandering mind is the human mind. When it is said that the mind of Tao is vague, this means it is subtle and difficult to see. When it is said the the human mind is in peril, this means it is insecure and uneasy.

Even in the human mind there is the mind of Tao; even in the mind of Tao there is the human mind.

It is a matter of keeping persistently centered and balanced in activity and stillness, so that the shining mind is always present and the wandering mind does not stir. Then what was insecure will become peaceful, and what was vague will become clear.

When this happens the errant mind comes back and the error-free Tao is accomplished. This is what the I Ching calls 'coming back to see the heart of heaven and earth, the creative and receptive.'

The Thomas Clearly translations of

  • Liu I-ming's eighteenth century The Taoist I Ching (1986)
  • Chih-hsu Ou-i's sixteenth century The Buddhist I Ching (1987)
  • Cheng Yi's eleventh-century commentary on the I Ching in The Tao of Organization (1988)
  • I Ching Mandala's - a historical compilation (1989)

Two books by Guy Damian Knight

  • The I Ching on Love (1984)
  • The I Ching on Business and Decision Making (1986) provide commentaries as well.

My integration of Khigh Dheigh's Taoist Book of Days (1975-1982) and R.I Wing's The I Ching Workbook (1979) has been woven into commentaries used in my work.

The resources at Hillary Barrett's I Ching site and at Great Vessel provide communities and commentaries as well as opportunities to upload papers and papers.