Love Made The Temple A Reality
Reflections on the Chinese Tao Seminar
at the Michigan Zhong Shu Temple October 2019
‟Go to the people. Live with them, learn from them, love them.
Start with what they know. Build with what they have.”
When I think about the sacrifices made by the Tao relatives who made our temple
possible, I am embraced by feelings of love. Love made the temple a reality. Without
knowing who would walk through the doors of the future temple, Tao relatives who came
before us embraced the principles of Tao and grew great love in their hearts for us!
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‟We hammer wood for a house,
But it is the inner space that makes it livable.
We work with being, but non-being is what we use.”
That love continues to this day, and it was especially felt during the 2019 Chinese
Tao Seminar at the Michigan Zhong Shu Temple in October. I was privileged to serve
in housekeeping and the kitchen. Cleaning and preparing meals for the attendees and
presenters was pure joy because we were able to show our gratitude to the many Tao
relatives that came before us. In addition, we were able to show kindness to the many
people who came from near and far to attend.
Our motivation was love. Love for humanity, love for our Tao family! We whole-
heartedly embraced the idea of letting go of our egos and worked in harmony with one
Letting go of ego is accepting the non-being of the Great Tao. Whether cleaning
bathrooms and floors or chopping vegetables in the kitchen, we thought of the parts of
the temple that we occupied as holy spaces. Most of the time in silence, except for the
necessary few words to do our jobs, we treated our tasks as a holy retreat.
A retreat to serve. As we served, we felt the love reciprocated by the attendees and
presenters. It became apparent that the inner space of the temple building had become a
home of love and kindness with its occupants living in harmony with one another.
We all let go of ego and became formless like the Great Tao itself. I am forever
grateful to Heaven for the privilege of serving during this year’s Chinese Tao Seminar.
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