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TAO TE CHING 41:Seeming paradoxes

TEXT 上士闻道,勤而行之;中士闻道,若存若亡;下士闻道,大笑之。不笑不足以为道。 故建言有之:明道若昧,进道若退,夷道若纇。上德若谷;大白若辱;广德若不足;建德若偷;质真若渝。 大方无隅;大器晚成;大音希声;大象无形;道隐无名。夫唯道,善贷且成。 TRANSLATION 上…

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0 Aug 12


TEXT 反者道之动,弱者道之用。天下万物生于有,有生于无   TRANSLATION Moved by Tao one returnsUsed by Tao one is meekAll beings under Heaven are born from desireYet…

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0 Aug 8

TAO TE CHING 39: Highest Renown is No Renown

TEXT 昔之得一者,天得一以清;地得一以宁;神得一以灵;谷得一以盈,万物得一以生;候王得一以为天一正。 其致之也,谓天无以清,将恐裂;地无以宁,将恐废;神无以灵,将恐歇;谷无以盈,将恐竭;万物无以生,将恐灭;候王无以正,将恐蹶。 故贵以贱为本,高以下为基。是以候王自称孤、寡、…

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0 Aug 7

TAO TE CHING 38: The Best Te is not Te-ious

TEXT 上德不德,是以有德;下德不失德,是以无德。上德无为而无以为下德无为而有以为。上仁为之而无以为;上义为之而有以为。上礼为之而莫之应,则攘臂而扔之。 故失道而后德,失德面后仁,失仁而后义,失义而后礼。 夫礼者,忠信之薄,而乱之首。前识者,道之华,而愚之始。是以大丈夫处其厚…

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0 May 23

TAO TE CHING 37: Unnamed Simplicity

TEXT 道常无为而无不为。候王若能守之,万物将自化。 化而欲作,吾将镇之以无名之朴,镇之以无名之朴,夫将不欲。不欲以静,天下将自定。 TRANSLATION Tao is always wu wei and nothing fails to get doneIf rulers…

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0 May 20

TAO TE CHING 36: Realpolitik

TEXT 将欲歙之,必固张之; 将欲弱之,必固强之; 将欲废之,必固兴之; 将欲取之,必固与之。 是谓微明,柔弱胜刚强。 鱼不可脱于渊 国之利器不可以示人。 TRANSLATION If you want to gather, first spread out If you…

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1 May 12
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TAO TE CHING 35: The elephant

TEXT 执大象,天下往。往而不害,安平太。乐与饵,过客止,道之出口,淡乎其无味,视之不足见,听之不足闻,用之不足既。 TRANSLATIONAttain the great principle and the world under Heaven goes along;goe…

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0 May 5

TAO TE CHING 34: The branching river

TEXT大道汜兮,其可左右万物恃之以生而不辞,功成而不有。 衣养万物而不为主,常无欲,可名于小;万物归焉而不为主,可名为大。以其终不自为大,故能成其大。 TRANSLATIONGreat Tao is a stream that divides and reforms, now…

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0 May 1

TAO TE CHING 33: Those who endure

TEXT 知人者智,自知者明。胜人者有力,自胜者强。知足者富,强行者有志,不失其所者久,死而不亡者寿。 TRANSLATION To understand others is wise, but to know oneself is radiant.One who wins v…

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0 Apr 26

TAO TE CHING 32: Know when to stop

TEXT 道常无名,朴。虽小,天下莫能臣。候王若能守之,万物将自宾。天地相合,以降甘露,民莫之令而自均。 始制有名,名亦既有,夫亦将知止,知止可以不殆。譬道之在天下,犹川谷之于江海 TRANSLATION The constant Tao has no name; it jus…

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0 Apr 22



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Posted by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 2 Comments

At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction…



Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 10 Comments

My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…



Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on June 2, 2019 at 1:02 4 Comments

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue


Posted by Geeta Chari on April 26, 2019 at 22:13 3 Comments

This is a short video of a Buddhist monk and his family. 

It raised questions on parenting and Buddhism - does detachment (or perhaps quietism), as practiced here, lead to demotivation and disengagement with the world around one?

His children find the detachment practised by the monk disquieting. They appreciate the irony of detachment, which is supposed to…


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