The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

TaoTe Ching

The Tao is an empty vessel

The Tao is an empty vessel; it is used, but never filled. Blunt the sharpness, untangle the knot, soften the glare… 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.
~Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

Simplicity


The Only true power

 

If you wish to attain Oneness with the Tao,
don’t get caught up in spiritual superficialities.
Instead, live a quiet and simple life
free of ideas and concepts.

Find contentment in the practice of undiscriminating virtue,
the Only true power.Giving to others selflessly and anonymously,
radiating light throughout the world
and illuminating your own darkness,
your virtue becomes a sanctuary for yourself and all beings.
That is what is meant by
embodying the Tao.

[Verse 47 – Hua Hu Ching
The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu

Brian Walker interpretation]


First we name, then we describe

tales art
First we name.
Then we describe. Then we compare.
Then we set one first, another last.

As soon as we start to name
it’s time to stop.

~Tao Te Ching


In harmony with the Tao

In harmony with the Tao, the sky is clear and spacious,

the earth is solid and full, all creatures flourish together,

content with the way they are,

endlessly repeating themselves,

endlessly renewed.

~Lao Tzu

The Path of the Mystic

The Tao is an empty vessel


The Tao is an empty vessel; it is used, but never filled. Blunt the sharpness, untangle the knot, soften the glare… 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.

~Lao Tsu

Tao Te Ching

 Tao & Zen.


Heaven and Earth last forever

 Heaven and Earth last forever.

Why do heaven and Earth last forever?
They are unborn, so ever living.
The sage stays behind, thus he is ahead.
He is detached, thus at one with all.
Through selfless action, he attains fulfillment.
~Lao Tzu
Tao te Ching

Tao Te Ching: An Introduction (14:03)

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This is an introduction to the Tao te Ching. Throughout the journey of my own introspection no one piece of wisdom has been at my side more than the Tao te Ching, and it is an honor to present the Way in this light. The Tao te Ching speaks to everybody on many different levels of understanding. The Tao is a book that is felt rather than intellectualized, and it can be read in its entirety in one afternoon yet contemplated for a lifetime.

Tao Te Ching Introduction – Read By Jacob Needleman

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See simplicity in the complicated

 

“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 Images of the “Golden Ratio” – the mathematically and aesthetically balanced swirl pattern of self-organizing systems that arises naturally throughout the cosmos…

Yield and overcome

 VERSE 22 – TAO TE CHING

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.

22nd Verse – Tao Te Ching
Gia-fu Feng and Jane English
Translators


There is nothing to teach

 

“I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion,
no science,
no body of information which will lead your mind back to the Tao.Today I speak in this fashion,
tomorrow in another,
but always the Integral Way is beyond words and beyond mind.Simply be aware of the Oneness of things”

Verse 8 Hua Hu Ching
(The unknown teachings of Lao-tzu)
Brian Walker Interpretation


The farther people go, the less they know

Without going out your door,
you can know the whole world.
Without looking out your window,
you can know the Way of Heaven.
The farther people go,
the less they know.
Sages therefore know without traveling,
name without seeing,
and succeed without trying.

Lao Tzu – ‘Tao Te Ching’ [47]


The highest good is like water

 

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.Tao Te Ching, Verse 8Tao & Zen


The primal virtue

All things arise from Tao. They are nourished by virtue. They are formed from matter. They are shaped by environment. Thus the ten thousand things all respect Tao and honor virtue. Respect of Tao and honor of virtue are not demanded, but they are in the nature of things.

Thereforeall things arise from Tao. By virtue they are nourished, developed, cared for, sheltered, comforted, grown, and protected. Creating without claiming, doing without taking credit, guiding without interfering. This is primal virtue.

~ Lao Tsu ~
Tao Te Ching

Tao & Zen


When the Tao is present

 There is no greater sin than desire,

No greater curse than discontent,
No greater misfortune than
wanting something for oneself.
Therefore he who knows that
enough is enough will always
have enough.
When the Tao is present
The horses haul manure.
When the Tao is absent
War horses are bred outside the city.
~Lao Tsu
Tao te Ching

A good traveler has no fixed plans


Free from desire


Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

–Tao Te Ching-

 


Let the mind become still

“Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind become still. The ten thousand things rise and fall, while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then Return to the Source. Returning to the Source is stillness, which is the Way of Nature.”

~ Lao Tsu ~
 

Tao Te Ching


Free from desire


Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

–Tao Te Ching-

 


The Tao is an empty vessel


The Tao is an empty vessel;
it is used, but never filled.
Oh, unfathomable source of 10,000 things!
Blunt the sharpness, untangle the knot,
Soften the glare, merge with dust.
Oh, hidden deep but ever present!
I do not know from whence it comes.
It is the forefather of the gods.
~Lao Tsu

Tao te Ching


Returning to the source

Photo: ~Tao Te Ching, Verse 16~Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind become still. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the source. Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature. The way of nature is unchanging. Knowing constancy is insight. Not knowing constancy leads to disaster. Knowing constancy, the mind is open. With an open mind, you will be openhearted. Being openhearted, you will act royally. Being royal, you will attain the divine. Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao. Being at one with the Tao is eternal. And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away.~Lao Tsu

Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind become still.
The ten thousand things rise and fall
while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish
and then return to the source.
Returning to the source is stillness,
which is the way of nature.
The way of nature is unchanging.

Knowing constancy is insight.
Not knowing constancy
leads to disaster.
Knowing constancy,
the mind is open.

With an open mind,
you will be openhearted.
Being openhearted,
you will act royally.
Being royal, you will
attain the divine.

Being divine, you will be
at one with the Tao.
Being at one with the Tao
is eternal.

And though the body dies,
the Tao will never pass away.

~Lao Tsu

~Tao Te Ching, Verse 16~


Mastering yourself is true power

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.

Tao Te Ching, verse 33


The universe is forever out of control

 

The Master does his job
and then stops.
He understands that the universe
is forever out of control,
and that trying to dominate events
goes against the current of the Tao.
Because he believes in himself,
he doesn’t try to convince others.
Because he is content with himself,
he doesn’t need others’ approval.
Tao Te Ching, verse 30

 


What is soft is strong

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox:
what is soft is strong.”

~ Lao Tzu

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