Tao Te Ching

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  • Chariklo

    I do like this. I've had a copy for some time, or at least extracts from the Tao Te Ching set each facing a Chinese painting.

    It's beautiful.

  • ziddina

    Ah, yes!! I read both the I Ching and the Tao Te Ching many years ago. I found the Tao to be very life-affirming....

  • botchtowersociety

    I have both and sometimes search them for guidance.

    I like my translation of the Tao Te Ching better than this one however. I don't know if it is that it reads better, or if it is that I am used to it.

    The I Ching can be consulted online here:


  • frankiespeakin

    Well I guess it is worth a read, the idea that every thing comes from the emptiness has a lot in common with quantum events and probability waves.


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  • Night Owl
    Night Owl

    Very nice.

    Thank you.


  • Found Sheep
    Found Sheep

    I Ching

  • frankiespeakin

    Here is a decent rendition of the Tao:


    Tao Ching
    Tao Classic - Chapters 1 to 37

    Chapter 1

    The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
    The name that can be named is not the eternal name
    The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
    The named is the mother of myriad things
    Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence
    Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations
    These two emerge together but differ in name
    The unity is said to be the mystery
    Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders

    Chapter 2

    When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
    When it knows good as good, evil arises
    Thus being and non-being produce each other
    Difficult and easy bring about each other
    Long and short reveal each other
    High and low support each other
    Music and voice harmonize each other
    Front and back follow each other
    Therefore the sages:
    Manage the work of detached actions
    Conduct the teaching of no words
    They work with myriad things but do not control
    They create but do not possess
    They act but do not presume
    They succeed but do not dwell on success
    It is because they do not dwell on success
    That it never goes away

    Chapter 3

    Do not glorify the achievers
    So the people will not squabble
    Do not treasure goods that are hard to obtain
    So the people will not become thieves
    Do not show the desired things
    So their hearts will not be confused

    Thus the governance of the sage:
    Empties their hearts
    Fills their bellies
    Weakens their ambitions
    Strengthens their bones

    Let the people have no cunning and no greed
    So those who scheme will not dare to meddle

    Act without contrivance
    And nothing will be beyond control.........

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