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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…

Started by David Brazier

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…

Started by David Brazier

1 May 12
Reply by Désirée Verstraete

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…

Started by David Brazier

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…

Started by David Brazier

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

TAO TE CHING 31: Weapons are ominous

TEXT 夫兵者,不祥之器,物或恶之,故有道者不处。 君子居则贵左,用兵则贵右。兵者不祥之器,非君子之器,不得已而用之,恬淡为上,胜而不美,而美之者,是乐杀人。 夫乐杀人者,则不可得志于天下矣。 吉事尚左,凶事尚右。 偏将军居左,上将军居右。言以丧礼处之。杀人之众,以悲哀莅之,…

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0 Apr 15

TAO TE CHING 30: Non-coercion

TEXT 以道佐人主者,不以兵强天下,其事好还。 师之所处,荆棘生焉。大军之后,必有凶年。 善有果而已,不敢以取强。 果而勿矜,果而勿伐,果而勿骄,果而不得已,果而勿强。 物壮则老,是谓不道,不道早已。 TRANSLATION Use Tao to assist the rul…

Started by David Brazier

1 Apr 12
Reply by Kaspalita

Introduction to Daoism.mp3

On Friday 15 March, Dharmavidya hosted a meeting in which he introduced Daoism. You can listen to the recording here: Introduction to Daoism

Started by Susthama Kim

2 Apr 4
Reply by Nati


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