Tao 6

Note: A video version of this translation can be found here. The eternal mother rests at the edge of time. She introduces all things to the world yet none can remember her touch. She is the passage from potential to manifestation. All 81 chapters of our version of the Tao Te Ching are available online … Continue reading

Tao 5

Heaven and earth feel no attachment. They do not fear or lament death. Why would the sage act any differently? Is not change the vital breath of all existence? Breathe in, breathe out: Life and death are but the same air in different forms. Endless lamentation hinders proper breathing. Better to let Tao flow in … Continue reading

Tao 4

Note: A video version of this translation can be found here. Tao is not a thing It is the source of all things. A finite infinity of nothing but endless possibility. Beneath the currents of civilizations — the rise and fall of empires, the dialectics of ideologies, — lies Tao, hidden and steady. Beneath all … Continue reading

Tao 3

Note: A video version of this translation can be found here. If no person is called great, people will not fight over greatness. If great intrinsic value is not placed on material things, there will be no theft. To refrain from displaying the value of things will allow people to be satisfied with what they … Continue reading

Tao 2

Note: A video version of this translation can be found here: There seems a fundamental interconnection between opposites. There was no ugliness until humanity defined beauty; There was no bad until humanity defined good; These labels are human creations and mean nothing to Tao. From the existence of Tao, humanity creates: positive and negative, difficult … Continue reading

Tao 1

Note: A video version of this chapter can be found here. The word Tao is not enough. No name could contain the source of all things. The eternal mysteries of existence are beyond our petty names but names are not worthless, for names can connect us to the world we live in. Only by freeing … Continue reading