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But the most essential preparation for my work was a fourteen-years-long course of Zen training, which brought me face to face with Lao-tzu and his true disciples and heirs, the early Chinese Zen Masters. With great poetry, the freest translation is sometimes the most faithful. But I have also paraphrased, expanded, contracted, interpreted, worked with the text, played with it, until it became embodied in a language that felt genuine to me.
The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
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Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source. This source is called darkness. When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good, other things become bad. Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other. Long and short define each other. High and low depend on each other. Before and after follow each other. Therefore the Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come; things disappear and she lets them go. When her work is done, she forgets it. That is why it lasts forever. The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable. There is no way to describe it; all we can describe is their appearance. They were careful as someone crossing an iced-over stream. Alert as a warrior in enemy territory. Courteous as a guest. Fluid as melting ice.
Shapable as a block of wood. Receptive as a valley. Clear as a glass of water. Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself? Not seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things. Every being in the universe is an expression of the Tao.
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It springs into existence, unconscious, perfect, free, takes on a physical body, lets circumstances complete it. That is why every being spontaneously honors the Tao. The Tao gives birth to all beings, nourishes them, maintains them, cares for them, comforts them, protects them, takes them back to itself, creating without possessing, acting without expecting, guiding without interfering.
That is why love of the Tao is in the very nature of things. It is stunning, so lovely. It is a treasure. The obscure has been made transparent and available. This is a paradigm for non-action: the purest and most effective form of action.
Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone. Nothing is done because the doer has wholeheartedly vanished into the deed; the fuel has been completely transformed into flame. It happens when we trust the intelligence of the universe in the same way that an athlete or a dancer trusts the superior intelligence of the body.
Softness means the opposite of rigidity, and is synonymous with suppleness, adaptability, endurance.
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This is not an idea; it is a reality; I have seen it. The Master has mastered Nature; not in the sense of conquering it, but of becoming it. In surrendering to the Tao, in giving up all concepts, judgments, and desires, her mind has grown naturally compassionate. She finds deep in her own experience the central truths of the art of living, which are paradoxical only on the surface: that the more truly solitary we are, the more compassionate we can be; the more we let go of what we love, the more present our love becomes; the clearer our insight into what is beyond good and evil, the more we can embody the good.
This freedom from moral categories allows him his great compassion for the wicked and the selfish.
This is called embodying the light. It is the great secret. But since we are all, potentially, the Master since the Master is, essentially, us , I felt it would be untrue to present a male archetype, as other versions have, ironically, done. Ironically, because of all the great world religions the teaching of Lao-tzu is by far the most female.
I also consulted dozens of translations into English, German, and French.
But the most essential preparation for my work was a fourteen-years-long course of Zen training, which brought me face to face with Lao-tzu and his true disciples and heirs, the early Chinese Zen Masters. With great poetry, the freest translation is sometimes the most faithful. But I have also paraphrased, expanded, contracted, interpreted, worked with the text, played with it, until it became embodied in a language that felt genuine to me. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source. This source is called darkness. Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding. When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good, other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other. Difficult and easy support each other. Long and short define each other.Therefore the Master concerns himself with the depths and not the surface, with the fruit and not the flower. Many sections are fairly accurate like the line in Ch.
See life. The feminine always overcomes the masculine by its softness Because softness is lesser. Please add cover.
Webster's Unabridged Dictionary: We'll publish them on our site once we've reviewed them. And these ideas for me felt strong and real, but the writing also muses over empire.