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...


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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

white space.

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:


#1

TAOING

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.

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and now, April 18, 2012: here is the Chinese symbol for "Tao"

(rendered as a tattoo on someone's wrist...)

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