"The most beautiful paintings and sculptures, the greatest poetry, have not always been born from torment or bitterness. Often they have sprung from contemplation, from joy, from an instinct or wonder toward all things. To create from joy, to create from wonder, demands a continual discipline, a great compassion. With time and sincerity, you will discover a way to work and write that does not harm you spiritually, that does not tempt you to vanity, that is the deepest expression of your spirituality. You will find a voice that is not your voice only, but the voice of Reality itself... If you can be empty enough, that voice can speak through you. If you can be humble enough, that voice can inhabit and use you."
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Artwork credit: Confucius Lao-tzu and Buddhist Arhat 三教, by 丁云鹏 (Ding Yunpeng). Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper. Size 115.7 x 55.8 cm. The painting is located in the Palace Museum, Beijing.