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 ourselves from the material world can we catch a fleeting glimpse of the mysteries of Tao.
Only by perceiving the material world can we see and experience Tao’s manifestations.

Ethereal mystery and concrete experience are simply different parts of the same thing.
They both share the same mysterious depth.

All secrets are contained within.


All 81 chapters of our version of the Tao Te Ching are available online for free here. If you are so inclined, an updated version of our translation is available as an e-book, here.

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2 Responses to “Tao 1”
  1. Wow. What a cool idea. I’ll keep reading…

  2. kelleymata says:

    That is a great translation of the first verse. I will check back.

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