Chinese Arts - Page 2
Chinese Arts - Page 2 - Lao Tzu and Taoism
A Portrait carved in stone of the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, who is legendary in Chinese History and Culture...
Let me admit, that as a traveler I have few books;
those that I have owned, I have given away.
So the few copies of the Tao Te Ching that I have read
are not here now.
One was a library book, the Ursula Le Guin version
referred to here.
The other is called the "White version"
because the large paperback cover is mostly blank
Both are excellent to read.
My internet search about Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching
resulted in (TMI :-) Too Much Information and not enough wisdom,
except for Ursula Le Guin's book, which is published as
an excerpt only, at Google Books.
She has brilliance, humor, and poetry;
She is a Taoist.
Here is her translation of the first poem:
The way you can go
isn't the real way.
The name you can name
isn't the real name.
Heaven and earth
begin in the un-named:
name's the mother
of the ten thousand things.
So the unwanting soul
sees what's hidden,
and the ever-wanting soul
sees only what it wants.
and now, April 18, 2012: here is the Chinese symbol for "Tao"
(rendered as a tattoo on someone's wrist...)
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