We Are All Born Good, We Are All Born Different

baby lying on white fur with brown blanket
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Ren zhi chu
Xing ben shan
Xing xiang jin
Xi xiang yuan
Gou bu jiao
Xing nai qian
Jiao zhi dao
Gui yi zhuan


When a child is born,
at the root, it is good.
Everyone’s nature is the same
but everyone experiences different things.
If there is no Way,
we will move away from our nature.
The teaching of the Way
is valuable because it is particular to each [woman and] man.

—Thirteenth Century Southern Chinese Poem

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.