Tao Te Ching: Chapter 7
Heaven and earth keep on going because they don't try to go anywhere.
They never run out because they don't take anything for themselves.
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 6
In-between this and that lives a force that never dies,
the mysterious mother of everything.
Heaven and earth are born through her opening,
and endlessly giving birth does not deplete her.
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 5
Heaven and earth are uncompromising
and burn everything as a sacrifice.
The way of the sage is uncompromising and lets it all burn.
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 4
The Tao is empty but fills everything.
Bottomless source of all beings.
Edgeless and unconvoluted, shining with modesty, quite at home in the dust.
Hard to see but impossible to miss.
What could it be made of?
It is here before everything else.
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 3
No favourites, no rivalry.
No treasures, no thievery.
No objects of passion, no loss of contentment.
So keep the mind empty and keep the heart full.
Weaken ambition and strengthen the bones.
Know nothing, want nothing, do nothing,
and things will look after themselves.
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 2
Beauty is only made beautiful by the presence of ugliness.
Goodness only seems good because of the bad.
Something and nothing depend on each other.
Easy and difficult contrast each other.
Long and short, above and below, before and after, music and noise;
Things that seem opposite only exist because of each other.
Tao Te Ching: An Adaptation. Chapter 1
I've been working on an adaptation of Loa Tsu's classic Tao Te Ching. I felt a need to interpret its chapters in a way that brought out their spirit (as...