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Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Great Tao


The great Tao flows everywhere.
All things are born from it,

yet it doesn't create them.
It pours itself into its work,

yet it makes no claim.

It nourishes infinite worlds,
yet it doesn't hold onto them.

Since it is merged with all things
and hidden in their hearts,
it can be called humble.

Since all things vanish into it
and it alone endures, it can be called great.
It isn't aware of its greatness;

thus it is truly great.

-Tao Te Ching

James: This is my favorite passage from the Tao Te Ching. The Tao Te Ching (and Taoist thought in general) greatly influences my spiritual path. I read it on a regular basis and always find new things in this great book.

PHOTO: Lou Zi statue from a Taoist temple at Wu Yi mountain in Fu Jian province, China. Photo credit

~Peace to all beings~

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5 comments:

theycallmemac said...

James, what translation of the Tao Te Ching do you recommend? There are so many versions out there I don't know which one to pick! I hear it can be a good experience to pick two and read them together.

"James" said...

Mac:

I have two. The one that I like the most is the pocket edition translated by Stephen Mitchell.

The other copy that I have is one translated by Victor H. Mair.

dragonflyfilly said...

thanks, great post (as USUAL, heh heh)
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Thanks,
pj

"James" said...

PJ:

Thank-you friend. ;) (bowing).

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