All Material, Unless Otherwise Noted, Copyright Donald Lockwood 2007- 2009
The Inner Sage
Wang Yang-ming on the Inner Sage
Wang Yu-chung, Lou Ch'ien-chih, and I were in attendance together in Ch'ien-chou.
The Teacher said, "There is the sage in everyone. Only because one falls short of
self-confidence the sage (inherent in oneself) is being buried." Thereupon he looked
at Yu-chung and said, "Originally there is a sage in your bosom." Yu-chung rose
and said that he did not deserve it. The Teacher said, "This is what you yourself
own. Why decline?" Yu-chung said again, "I do not deserve it." The Teacher said,
"Everyone has it. How much more is that true of you, Yu-chung! Why Should you be
modest? It won't do even if you are modest." Whereupon Yu-chung smiled and accepted
While Inner Sage Tao and Feng Shui Meditation are meant to complement each other,
Inner Sage Tao can be pursued independently, however, Feng Shui Meditation will not
be taught without Inner Sage Tao.
Inner Sage Tao is designed to lay a foundation for integrating the whole person for
effective and successful action in the world by resolving two pernicious dichotomies
which pervade modern culture, one is the life of Contemplation vs. Life of Action
dichotomy and the other is the Heart vs. Mind dichotomy. These two dichotomies are
root of a great deal of internal conflict in the inner and outer lives of most people.
Historically these date back to antiquity and seem to have their roots in Orphism11
which tends to be a rejection of the world and by implication action in the world,
thus the conflict between contemplation and action. In the case of “heart vs mind”
the later originates in the conflict between "reason" and "revelation" which developed
between the Greek Philosophical schools and traditional religions, most importantly
Judaism, during the Hellenistic period. The "heart vs. mind" formulation being a
post Romantic12 descendant of this earlier conflict, by way of the reductionism13
vs romanticism fracture that characterized the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries14.