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Tao


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


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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