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Tao


All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.
~ Lao Tzu


Stay at the center of the circle and let all things take their course.
~ Lao Tzu


If you want to be given everything, give everything up.
~ Lao Tzu


Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are, When you realize there is nothing lacking the whole world belongs to you.
~ Lao Tzu


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.
She has but doesn’t possess, acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, She forgets it. That is why it lasts forever
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~ Lao Tzu


The Tao is always at ease. It overcomes without competing, answers without speaking a word, arrives without being summoned, accomplishes without a plan. Its net covers the entire universe; and though its meshes are wide, it doesn’t let a thing slip through.
~ Lao Tzu


Stand before it And there is no beginning. Follow it and there is no end. Stay with the ancient Tao, Move with the present.
~ Lao Tzu


If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
~ Lao Tzu


Not all spiritual paths lead to the Harmonious Oneness. Indeed, most are detours and distractions, nothing more.
~ Lao Tzu, from the Hua Hu Ching


Stand before it and there is no beginning. Follow it and there is no end. Stay with the ancient Tao, Move with the present.
~ Lao Tzu


Some say that my teaching is nonsense. Others call it lofty but impractical. But to those who have looked inside themselves, this nonsense makes perfect sense. And to those who put it into practice, this loftiness has roots that go deep. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.
~ Lao Tzu


The Mind of Absolute Trust

The great way isn’t difficult for those who are unattached to their preferences.

Let go of longing and aversion, and everything will be perfectly clear. When you cling to a hairbreadth of distinction, heaven and earth are set apart If you want to realize the truth, don’t be for or against.

The struggle between good and evil is the primal disease of the mind. Not grasping the deeper meaning, you just trouble your minds serenity.

As vast as infinite space, it is perfect and lacks nothing.

But because you select and reject, you can’t perceive its true nature. Don’t get entangled in the world; don’t lose yourself in emptiness. Be at peace in the oneness of things, and all errors will disappear by themselves.

If you don’t live the Tao, you fall into assertion or denial. Asserting that the world is real, you are blind to its deeper reality; denying that the world is real, you are blind to the selflessness of all things.

The more you think about these matters, the farther you are from the truth. Step aside from all thinking, and there is nowhere you can’t go.

Returning to the root, you find the meaning; chasing appearances, you lose their source.

At the moment of profound insight, you transcend both appearance and emptiness.

Don’t keep searching for the truth; just let go of your opinions.

For the mind in harmony with the Tao, all selfishness disappears.

With not even a trace of self-doubt, you can trust the universe completely.

All at once you are free, with nothing left to hold on to. All is empty, brilliant, perfect in its own being.

In the world of things as they are, there is no self, no non self.

If you want to describe its essence, the best you can say is “Not-two.” In this “Not-two” nothing is separate, and nothing in the world is excluded. The enlightened of all times and places have entered into this truth. In it there is no gain or loss; one instant is ten thousand years. There is no here, no there; infinity is right before your eyes. The tiny is as large as the vast when objective boundaries have vanished; the vast is as small as the tiny when you don’t have external limits.

Being is an aspect of non-being; non-being is no different from being. Until you understand this truth, you won’t see anything clearly. One is all; all are one. When you realize this, what reason for holiness or wisdom? The mind of absolute trust is beyond all thought, all striving, is perfectly at peace, for in it there is no yesterday, no today, no tomorrow.
~ Seng-ts'an, tr. Stephen Mitchell


We join spokes together in a wheel, But it is the center hole That makes the wagon move. We shape clay into a pot, But it is the emptiness inside That holds whatever we want. We hammer wood for a house, But it is the inner space That makes it livable. We work with being, But non-being is what we use.
~ Tao Te Ching


Tao is Like Water. Water takes the lowest way. It flows around obstacles. It has no projections, but it penetrates that which has no crevices. It’s the softest of all things, but it grinds rock. It resists nothing but is irresistible. It asks for nothing but nourishes everything. It strives for nothing but transforms everything.
~ Tao Te Ching 1:24, Lao Tzu


If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be given everything, give everything up.
~ Tao Te Ching: Ch 22


Emptiness is silence. It is not stillness of the grave. It is midnight silence, when the wind rests, birds sleep, and the sun is hours from rising. It is the quiet that falls with snow, when the fields of labor are covered in white and trees have withdrawn into patience. That quietness is not the cessation of shouts, pounding feet, and pumping arms, but their origin. It is the source of day and the origin of spring. Silence is not the end. It is the beginning. Wuji is essential stillness, the packed potential before the beginning. It is the beginning of the beginning. Only after silence breaks into sound does emptiness become all things.
~ Deng Ming-Dao, The Living I Ching

























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