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The Tale of Lo Zu moving the Mountain…


Lo Zu was sitting peacefully, adjacent to a beautiful, small creek with splendid, lush vegetation growing all around it. A towering, majestic mountain stood in the distance. Four inquisitive, very young students came by, and one of them said to Lo Zu, “Tell us something of wisdom; please tell us something that will amaze us.”

Lo Zu turned to them, smiling, and said, “Well, my friends, that’s a very tall order!” The youths all affectionately smiled at the aged Lo Zu and agreed. Lo Zu gazed at them and said (half to himself), “Let’s see… what can one say (or do) that would sufficiently satisfy such a tall order?” Then Lo Zu said, “How about if i get that mountain to move? Would that be sufficient?” “Oh, yes it would, indeed,” said one of the young students, “but it can’t be done.”

“Maybe you shouldn’t be so sure,” Lo Zu stated, grinning. Lo Zu continued on, “You see, in the mind, psychologically, it is such that the perceiver is (in a big way) the perceived. If the mind feels anger, it is the anger; if the mind feels joy, it is the joy; if the mind sees a tree (the patterns and the colors of that tree become what the mind is); if the moon is perceived, it’s image becomes what the mind is (psychologically). So the perceiver is (psychologically) the perceived. The two are as one.

“Yes,” the students said. Lo Zu went on, “So if one of you students looks at the mountain, and i move you… then in a big way, the mountain will move.” “Very interesting,” the students proclaimed.

Then Lo Zu said, “”There is a great book, stemming from a great and very wise man, that was written in a foreign land a short while back. It was a cornerstone book that was rejected by the authoritarian (so-called spiritual) bureaucrats in that land (who wanted to manipulate people and did not want them to be independent); they arranged for all of those who cherished that book to be executed. The book was called ‘The Gospel of Thomas.’ Here is one of the sayings from within that book: “When you make the two into one, you will become children of humanity, and when you say, ‘Mountain, move from here,’ it will move.””

Snow at the peak … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2022

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  1. I read the Gospel of Thomas saying about the two becoming one – as when spirit and body become ONE then it is possible to move mountains… we have bodies and when we are split away from bodies while we live on this earth our thinking can become distorted. Our bodies carry our feelings/senses/intuition…. we need more than thinking to move the mountain! I know we don’t agree on this point Tom – but I too like the Gospel of Thomas and also the Gospel of James.


  2. Dear Tom,

    Thank you for posting the story and retelling it so well. This story seems to be similar to another one commonly known by the Chinese proverb as ๆ„šๅ…ฌ็งปๅฑฑ. According to Wikipedia:

    The Foolish Old Man Removes the Mountains (Chinese: ๆ„šๅ…ฌ็งปๅฑฑ; pinyin: Yรบgลng Yรญshฤn) is a well-known fable from Chinese mythology about the virtues of perseverance and willpower.[1] The tale first appeared in Book 5 of the Liezi, a Daoist text of the 4th century BC,[2] and was retold in the Garden of Stories by the Confucian scholar Liu Xiang in the 1st century BC. It was also used by Mao Zedong in a famous speech in 1945.[3]

    The myth concerns a Foolish Old Man of 90 years who lived near a pair of mountains (given in some tellings as the Taihang and the Wangwu mountains, in Yu Province). He was annoyed by the obstruction caused by the mountains and sought to dig through them with hoes and baskets. To move the mountain, he could only make one round trip between the mountain and his home in a year. The food he brought on the road to last him through this difficult time is Chaoqi. When questioned as to the seemingly impossible nature of his task, the Foolish Old Man replied that while he may not finish this task in his lifetime, through the hard work of himself, his children, and their children, and so on through the many generations, some day the mountains would be removed if he persevered. The gods in Heaven, impressed with his hard work and perseverance, ordered the mountains separated.[1]

    Since you like Chinese stories, you might find a specific post of mine highly edificatory and stimulating in multiple ways. The post is entitled “๐Ÿ’จ Strong Wind Knows Tough Grass ๐ŸŒพ ็–พ้ขจ็Ÿฅๅ‹่‰“, and is available at

    I look forward to having the pleasure of being given your feedback there.

    Yours sincerely,


  3. My dear Tom, I don’t know how I have been missing your posts. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ For some reason, it is not populating in my feed. Ugh! I have been trying to play catchup with your posts, but I hope that you are doing FANtabulous my friend. ๐Ÿค— Oh, how I love this highlight of your spiritually moving story:
    “The perceiver is (psychologically) the perceived. The two are as one.” Such a simple message with a profound meaning! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜Š


  4. I like the Lo Zu “series” and I really like the close-up of that delicate and perfect snowflake. You were lucky to catch it at its peak before it melted – that’s an amazing capture Tom.


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