Sunday, November 11, 2012

Wise Words

From Lao-Tzu's Taoteching translated by Red Pine. This translation is based on extensive studies under Tao scholars in China, and seems particularly well researched. In the introduction, Red Pine writes: The Taoteching is at heart a simple book. Written at the end of the sixth century B.C. by a man called Lao-tzu, it's a vision of what our lives would be like if we were more like the dark, new moon. Lao-tzu teaches us that the dark can always become light and contains within itself the potential for growth and long life, while the light can only become dark and brings with it decay and early death. Lao-tzu chose long life. Thus, he chose the dark.
Ts'ao Tao-chung (Taoist nun, Sung Dynasty, 960-1278) commented, “Although the ancient masters lived in the world, no one thought they were special.” Wang Chen (T'ang dynasty military general, 809) commented, “Those who treasure the Way fit in without making a show and stay forever hidden. Hence, they don't leave any tracks.”

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