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TAO TE CHING 13: Serve under Heaven, not under Self

宠辱若惊,贵大患若身。

何谓宠辱若惊?

宠為下。

得之若惊

失之若惊

是谓宠辱若惊。

何谓贵大患若身

吾所以有大患者,

為吾有身,

及吾无身,

吾有何患。

故贵以身為天下,

若可寄天下。

爱以身為天下,

若可托天下。

Favour and disgrace are overwhelming.

Treat them as if a great sufferings to yourself.

What are favour and disgrace except trouble and

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PERMEABLE LIFE

Perception
When you look at something, there is central vision and there is peripheral vision. Central vision is clear, bright and colourful. It is the focus of attention. Peripheral vision is vague, evanescent and has no particular edge. When someth

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FO TAO LI ~ The Ideal Life

1148770017?profile=RESIZE_320x320A Chinese Slogan
Fo Tao Li are three Chinese words, none of which have exact equivalents in standard English, except that we have now imported the word Tao itself, and, from sanskrit, ’Buddha’ for Fo.

Li is a key term in Confucianism, meaning correct

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LAO TZU: TAO TE CHING: Chapter 4

So here is my complete commentary on Chapter four...


LAO TZU: TAO TE CHING: Chapter 4


TEXT:

道 沖 , 而 用 之 或 不 盈 。
淵 兮 , 似 萬 物 之 宗 ﹔

挫其鋭,解其纷,和其光,同其尘。

湛 兮 , 似 或 存 。
吾 不 知 誰 之 子 , 象 帝 之 先 。


The Tao flows out, and yet use will never exhaust it.
Ho

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THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSING

Liberate Your Mind
To meditate, in standard English, means to think about or reflect upon. The usual usage nowadays is spiritual, so we can say to think about spiritual things or to reflect upon them. It is to muse. The thinking implied in the word m

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TAO TE CHING Chapter 1

道 可 道 , 非 常 道 。
名 可 名 , 非 常 名 。

The tao that you can tao is not the enduring Tao
Names that you can name are not the enduring Name

無 名 天 地 之 始
有 名 萬 物 之 母 。

Without name is the origin of Heaven and Earth
Having names is the mother of the myriad thi

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RULE WITHOUT MISGOVERNMENT

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: Chapter 3
老 子:  「道 德 經」 :  第 三 章


Text:
不 尚 賢 ,
使 民 不 爭 ﹔
不 貴 難 得 之 貨 ,
使 民 不 為 盜 ﹔
不 見 可 欲 ,
使 民 心 不 亂 。

Not esteeming the clever and good, keeps the people from contention.
Not valuing what is hard to obtain keeps the people from t

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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,
不居其薄;处其实,
不居其华。故去彼取此。


TRANSLATION

The best virtue (Te) is not virtuous and thus has virtue.
Lesser virtue is not

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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 want to weaken, first strengthen
If you want to abolish, first foster
If you want to take, first give
This is c

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TAO TE CHING 40: Wu

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 returns
Used by Tao one is meek
All beings under Heaven are born from desire
Yet desire is born from emptiness.

COMMENTARY

Some translators render the last line “something is born from nothin

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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、不谷。
此非以贱为本邪?非乎?
故至誉无誉。

是故不欲琭琭如玉,珞珞如石。

TRANSLATION

昔之得一者,天得一以清
In the past things were at one (with the Tao) ; Hea

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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

上士闻道,勤而行之;
When a superior person hears of the Tao, he diligently puts it into practice.
中士闻道,若存若亡;
When a middling

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