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The Gallery of Paintings

Phase One: Autonomy

Marking One: Isolation
Marking Two: Duality
Marking Three: Tolerance
Marking Four: Integration
Marking Five: Discrimination
Marking Six: Unconditional Relaxation

Phase Two: Aloneness

Marking Seven: Oneness With Space
Marking Eight: A Demonstration Of Great Order
Marking Nine: Being And Acting As The Center Of The Universe
Marking Ten: Immortality

Phase Three: Detachment

Marking Eleven: Living Concretely At The Heart Of Nature:Yin Phase
Marking Eleven: Living Concretely At The Heart Of Nature:Yang Phase
Marking Twelve: Nonduality

The Four Immortals

Based on a Taoist transmission of nonduality by Charles Belyea and Steven Tainer, Free and Easy Wandering is a journey of awakening, in and through the reason of emptiness, that takes place in twelve stages and three phases from the isolation of misguided grasping to the freedom of nonduality.

 

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Phase One

MONKEY AND SAGE: Autonomy.
Markings One through Six.

Realizing that he has been misled by wrong views of duality as dualism that represses the thought of enlightnenment, Monkey sets out to penetrate the limitation in those views through the wisdom of right thinking. His recognition of widsom brings his enlightened Sage into view, which lifts him out of dualism into the clear differentiation of undefiled eyesight.

Marking One: Isolation
Marking Two: Duality
Marking Three: Tolerance
Marking Four: Integration
Marking Five: Discrimination
Marking Six: Unconditional Relaxation

Phase Two

THE CULTIVATOR: Aloneness
Markings Six through Ten

Monkey/Sage becomes the Cultivator who recognizes the mysterious power of emptiness immersed in the earth and sky. Through practice-in-enlightenment, the Cultivator explores the meditative expanse of the universe of not-thinking equality that illuminates differentiated thinking. The Cultivator begins to live at the very heart of nature in full recognition of the reason of emptiness. When the Cultivator comes from fulfilled practice-in-enlightenment/enlightenment-in-practice, they are called a Hsien.

Marking Seven: Oneness With Space
Marking Eight: A Demonstration Of Great Order
Marking Nine: Being And Acting As The Center Of The Universe
Marking Ten: Immortality

Phase Three

THE IMMORTAL HSIEN: Detachment
Markings Eleven through Twelve

Arriving in the reflexivity of existence-time/entire-time, in and through the wisdom power of emptiness, a Hsien makes a dream of undefiled eyesight that sees the flowers of emptiness blooming everywhere in the world.

Marking Eleven: Living Concretely At The Heart Of Nature
—Yin and Yang Phases
Marking Twelve: Nonduality

THE FOUR IMMORTALS

Hsien in Taoist art is often portrayed on a sea of waves riding on the carapace of a turtle as a symbol of longevity and immortality. Here, four Immortals, Fire Immortal, Air Immortal, Water Immortal, and Earth Immortal symbolize the Hsien in the expressibility of active expression/expressive activity of his time being/entire time.