The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

TaoTe Ching

A classic by Lao Tzu: Yield and overcome

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Yield and overcome;
Bend and be straight;
Empty and be full;
Wear out and be new;
Have little and gain;
Have much and be confused.
Therefore the wise embrace the one
And set an example to all.
Not putting on a display,
They shine forth.
Not justifying themselves,
They are distinguished.
Not boasting,
They receive recognition.
Not bragging,
They never falter.
They do not quarrel,
So no one quarrels with them.Therefore the ancients say,
“Yield and overcome.”
Is that an empty saying?
Be really whole,
And all things will come to you.

~Lao Tsu
Tao Te Ching, verse 22


The difficult things are done as if they were easy

“See simplicity in the complicated, Seek greatness in small things. In the Universe, the difficult things are done as if they were easy.”
~Lao Tsu,
Tao Te Ching

The sage has no mind of his own

The sage has no mind of his own.
He is aware of the needs of others.
He is good to people who are good.
He is also good to people who are not good.
Because Virtue is goodness.

Has faith in people who are faithful.
And also in people who are not faithful.
Because Virtue is faithfulness.

The sage is shy and humble –
to the world he seems confusing.
Others look to him and listen.
He behaves like a little child.

~ Lao Tzu ~
Tao Te Ching, Chapter 49

Source: Tao & Zen


No fight, no blame

The highest good is like water.
Water give life to the ten thousand things
and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.

In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In daily life, be competent.
In action, be aware of the time and the season.
No fight: No blame.~Lao Tsu
Tao Te Ching, Verse 8


No fight, No blame

The highest good is like water.
Water give life to the ten thousand things
and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.

In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In daily life, be competent.
In action, be aware of the time and the season.

~Lao Tsu
Tao Te Ching, Verse 8

Source:Tao & Zen


When nothing is done, nothing is left undone

In the pursuit of learning,
every day something is acquired.
In the pursuit of Tao,
every day something is dropped.
Less and less is done
until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.
The world is ruled by
letting things take their course.
It cannot be ruled by interfering.

~ Lao Tsu ~
Tao Te Ching

Source: Tao & Zen


Blunt the sharpness, merge with dust

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The truth is not always beautiful

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Those who know do not speak

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“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


The Taoist View of the Universe

The Taoist View of the Universe – Alan Watts | Creative by Nature.

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Aug 12, 2015

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“Taoists view the universe as the same as, or inseparable from, themselves so that Lao-tzu could say, “Without leaving my house, I know the whole universe.” This implies that the art of life is more like navigation than warfare, for what is important is to understand the winds, the tides, the currents, the seasons, and the principles of growth and decay, so that one’s actions may use them and not fight them.”

~Alan Watts