The practice of Tao is endless. Is there any easy method
for a beginner to follow step by step?
Confucian practice of Tao is holding the heart to cultivate the True
Self. A beginner, in practicing Tao, needs only to follow this method.
Rewards will be awarded when one keeps goodness in his heart.
Punishments will be instituted when one keeps evil in his heart.
Longevity can be attained by keeping tranquility in one’s heart.
Thus, one must constantly adhere his mind to his Right Portal.
This is what the saying “A practitioner of Tao constantly keeps
himself at the centre” meant. By constantly adhering one’s mind
to his Right Portal, he is holding his heart to cultivate his True Self.
Mencius said “A practitioner of Tao differs from the common by
keeping the five virtues of Tao. Some keep benevolence in their
consciences. Some keep propriety in their consciences. The
benevolent loves others. The wise benefits others. The decorous
respects others. One who loves others will be loved. One who
respects others will be respected.” As practitioners of Tao, in
addition to the five virtues of Tao, we should constantly keep the
True Nature in our mind, and this will be sufficient.