Ancient wisdom: Dao De Jing -- a text about the way and virtue
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01-09-2013, 07:27 PM (This post was last modified: 01-09-2013 07:45 PM by HU.Junyuan.)
RE: Ancient wisdom: Dao De Jing -- a text about the way and virtue
(01-09-2013 06:27 PM)I Am Wrote:  I listened to an audiobook of the Dao De Jing (with a different anglicized spelling) about a dozen times a few years ago. I honestly cannot recall a thing it said.

Around the same time, I read The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi. I remember it clearly, because I was laughing at every page.

I'd like to get back to Dao De Jing again. Maybe I can stop after each paragraph and find something to laugh at, so it will stick in my mind.

Perhaps it's also because Dao is part of everybody's life. When you are practicing it, you won't consciously feel it much, like the clothes you put on. But when you deviate from it and feel the pains, you might feel the need to come back onto Dao. And this book is merely a compass to help you, like what is said that Dao is able to be told of, yet what is able to be told of is not permanent Dao.

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06-09-2013, 10:06 PM
RE: Ancient wisdom: Dao De Jing -- a text about the way and virtue
【Chapter One: Dao is able to be told of】v1.02 (Final version, I hope ...)

Dao is able to be told of, yet what is able to be told of is not permanent Dao;
the Ming is able to be given, yet what is able to be given is not the permanent Ming.

Nil is the Ming given to the beginning of Sky and Earth;
the Being is the Ming given to the mother of all existence.

Therefore,
oftentimes experience Nil, in order to observe the fine wonderfulness;
oftentimes experience Being, in order to observe the key apertures.
Nil and the Being are from the same origin,
but come with different Names.

This truth is profound in profundities,
and is the doorway to see the various fine wonderfulness.
——
Note: the various meanings of the Chinese character for Ming used in this book include, name, fame, reputation, concept, and notion.

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06-09-2013, 10:08 PM
RE: Ancient wisdom: Dao De Jing -- a text about the way and virtue
【Chapter Two: know the good】

When people all know the good as good,
there comes the bad.
When people all know the kind as kind,
there comes the vice.

Therefore:
the Being and Nil interdepend in Dao;
the difficult and the easy interdepend in transformation;
the long and the short interdepend in contrast;
the high and the low interdepend in complementation;
the concord and the monophony interdepend in harmony;
the front and the behind interdepend in company;
and it is permanent this way.

Therefore, a person in accordance with Dao:
practices without much concern;
teaches without many words;
does not drift away, when things develop;
gives rise to them, yet does not take possession;
acts, yet does not control;
accomplishes, yet does not take all the credit;
and it is just because of this not taking all the credit,
that he does not drift away.

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14-09-2013, 09:51 PM
RE: Ancient wisdom: Dao De Jing -- a text about the way and virtue
【Chapter Three: boast not about the capable】

Boast not about the capable unduly,
and don't let the people be lost in scheming and contending;
Overrate not the rare,
and don't let the people become greedy thieves;
Show off not those things of desire excessively,
and don't let the people get confused by the endless want.

Therefore, how a person in accordance with Dao governs is to:
humble the arrogant minds, fill the appease the hungry bellies,
temper the wild ambitions, and strengthen the weak frames.

Oftentimes deliver the people from turning cunning and lusting,
make the cunning dare not to attempt, do not continue, and abrogate, exerting his influence,
and then everything will return to harmony.

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