I Read the Tao-te Ching

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    I do not speak Chinese, so do not consider this original work a translation. It is my interpretation after reading several translations and studying each character. It is poetry of Dao and De.    Heaven and Earth are not humane Thus ten thousand beings perform...
    Honir Honir
    26-30, M
    1 Response Oct 4, 2009


    I do not speak Chinese, so do not consider this original work a translation. It is my interpretation after reading several translations and studying each character. It is poetry of Dao and De.  The path is empty, yet is never used up Surely its depth is the source of all...
    Honir Honir
    26-30, M
    Aug 9, 2009

    Verse VI of the

              Verse VI The valley spirit never dies; It is the woman, primal mother. Her gateway is the root of heaven and Earth. It is like a veil barely seen. Use it; it will never fail.   Lao-Tzu believed that the indescribable...
    Neutrino38 Neutrino38
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Aug 15, 2009


    I do not speak Chinese, so do not consider this original work a translation.  It is my interpretation after reading several translations and studying each character.  It is poetry of Dao and De. The way which can be a way, is not the true way, The name which can be a...
    Honir Honir
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Apr 29, 2009

    For All It's Worth...

    .........I know it is truth..                                           ...
    Miserablistbboygothslut Miserablistbboygothslut
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Aug 3, 2008

    Ancient Philosophy

    I study the ancient versus of the Tao Te Ching almost on a daily basis. I am not Chinese but I am fascinated with the philosophical aspect of the teachings. I beleive there are only 81 versus to the original manuscripts, correct me if I am wrong. I am cheating with it though. Not...
    Neutrino38 Neutrino38
    36-40, F
    1 Response Aug 2, 2009

    Understanding The Tao-te Ching

    The philosophy behind the Tao-te-Ching is difficult to understand but once you can grasp the concept of it, it can only be a fountain of wisdom and knowledge. I'll post the whole book over the next couple of days. Page 1 The Tao that can be described is not the enduring and...
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Sep 11, 2011

    Right To The Point

    Because the sage all ways confront difficulties he never experiences them If I could do that I won't be looking for books to solve my problems
    sirpercival sirpercival
    46-50, M
    1 Response Aug 4, 2013

    Not-knowing is true knowledge.

    Presuming to know is a disease. First realize that you are sick; then you can move toward health. -Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 10, 2015

    It Was Recommended

    By one of my friends here on EP.... Taoism just sounded interesting so I just had to read the Tao te Ching. I couldn't sit at my computer because my eyes cant take it so I printed the while thing out. I read the whole thing over a period of time, in my car, on my boat, on my...
    stripesANDsunshine stripesANDsunshine
    18-21, F
    Oct 31, 2008

    Tao Verse 47

    To see the full explanation : www.3deedit.be and click on the underlined topics
    3deedit 3deedit
    Nov 20, 2010


    True perfection seems imperfect, yet it is perfectly itself. True fullness seems empty, yet it is fully present. True straightness seems crooked. True wisdom seems foolish. True art seems artless. The Master allows things to happen. She shapes events as they come. She steps out...
    beopendoor beopendoor
    56-60, F
    Jan 22, 2012

    My Very First Favourite Verse

    79 Failure is an opportunity. If you blame someone else, there is no end to the blame. Therefore the Master fulfills her own obligations and corrects her own mistakes. She does what she needs to do and demands nothing of others. I started reading dao de ching at the beginning of...
    jeanma jeanma
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Nov 18, 2012

    Backward Down The Path

    I carry this book with me sometimes
    okay10 okay10
    41-45, F
    Feb 8, 2011

    It and Me

    I read the toa te ching while at collage and felt somthing had arrived and stilll i feel it efffect  as u say a book for seekers
    cor cor
    Feb 26, 2008

    Celestial Tao?

    Although the Tao can be said to be contained within the Tao Te Ching, the method of it's practice clearly is not. Here are few insights into practice. "The Tao of spiritual alchemy is none other than the Tao of the I Ching, the Tao of sages is none other than the Tao of...
    ToltecLogic ToltecLogic
    Oct 8, 2011


    I do not speak Chinese, so do not consider this original work a translation. It is my interpretation after reading several translations and studying each character. It is poetry of Dao and De. By not exhaulting talent, the people do not compete By not holding items dear, the...
    Honir Honir
    26-30, M
    Jun 6, 2009

    Verse III of the

    Verse III Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling. Not collecting treasures prevents stealing. Not seeing desirable things prevents confusion of the heart. The wise therefore rule by emptying hearts and stuffing bellies, by weakening ambitions and strengthening bones...
    Neutrino38 Neutrino38
    36-40, F
    Aug 10, 2009


    I do not speak Chinese, so do not consider this original work a translation. It is my interpretation after reading several translations and studying each character. It is poetry of Dao and De. All under heaven see beauty become more beautiful because of ugliness All see virtue...
    Honir Honir
    26-30, M
    4 Responses May 3, 2009

    Tao Verse 30

    This is an exerpt of the Ecological TAO Full Version : http://www.3deedit.be/taotehking.html The drawing is made with the Puzzle4TEENs Freeware http://www.3deedit.be : click on the underlined topic ht/TAO30.png
    3deedit 3deedit
    Nov 14, 2010

    Verse I of the "Tao Te Ching!"

    Verse 1 The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The nameless is the beginning of heaven and Earth. The named is the mother of the ten thousand things. Ever desireless, one can see the mystery. Ever desiring...
    Neutrino38 Neutrino38
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Aug 3, 2009

    Verse IV of the "Tao Te Ching!"

    Verse IV The Tao is an empty vessel; it is used, but never filled. Oh, unfathomable source of ten thousand things! Blunt the sharpness, Untangle the knot, Soften the glare, Merge with dust. Oh, hidden deep but ever present! I do not know from whence it comes. It...
    Neutrino38 Neutrino38
    36-40, F
    Aug 12, 2009

    Anyone Else Read Or Seen This "translation"?

    Have any of you read or heard about Ron Hogan's "translation" of the Tao Te Ching? It's not a proper translation, per se, but Mr. Hogan's recasting of what he feels is the core message of the Tao Te Ching in modern English vernacular. It's licensed under the Creative Commons...
    cthunter01 cthunter01
    26-30, M
    Oct 25, 2010


    Chapter 70 My teachings are easy to understand And easy to put into practice. Yet your intellect will never grasp them, And if you try to practice them, you’ll fail. My teachings are older than the world. How can you grasp their meaning? If you want to know me, Look inside...
    beopendoor beopendoor
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Nov 22, 2011


    He who seeks victory over others Doesnt follow the tao
    sirpercival sirpercival
    46-50, M
    Oct 3, 2013

    The Tao Doesnt Do Yet Nothing Is Undone

    I cant say i understand this one i think trying to explain it is doing
    sirpercival sirpercival
    46-50, M
    Sep 2, 2013

    I Have Read It Many Times.

    I have read it over and over again, it’s nice it so short I can get through it very quickly. I almost always find some new way of seeing things each time I read it. I guess that’s how wisdom literature works.     The tao that can be told is not the...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Jul 4, 2008

    Which Translation

    I had a couple versions of the tao de ching a couple years ago (Lu and Mair I think).  I struggled with them at that time.  Recently I purchased the Stephen Mitchell (A New English Version) translation.  Has any one read this version that has read other versions...
    findinme findinme
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Jan 11, 2008

    Verse II of the "Tao Te Ching!"

    Verse II Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil. Therefore having and not having arise together. Difficult and easy complement each other. Long and short contrast each other: High...
    Neutrino38 Neutrino38
    36-40, F
    6 Responses Aug 5, 2009

    I Found This Writing About the "Tao Te Ching"

    I thought I would share... although there is one image that came with what I copied here, I am not sure if it will show up.. but what is said is enlightening..  The Path to Enlightenment Simply speaking, Tao is the Universal Truth that governs all things in the...
    Mystic44 Mystic44
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Sep 12, 2007

    I Would Like to Understand the Tao

    I first encountered the tao when I was 10 or 11, without knowing what it was, thru Ursula le Guin's earthsea trilogy. At the time I remember thinking that there was a mystery at the heart of the stories which was unlike other mysteries I had come across. It was not mystery...
    tomfool tomfool
    41-45, M
    Mar 15, 2009

    Read It Twice

    Now I am slowly working on living it. 
    eromreven eromreven
    1 Response Dec 27, 2007

    I Am a Constant Reader of the Tao Te Ching

    I first read it at 15,and had no idea of how to understand it,but I always crack it open,I am a Taoist by choice.It is philosophy,but also religion,and a practical way to be enlightened....a must for any SEEKER!!!!
    mindcramp mindcramp
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Jan 30, 2008

    Avoiding Dualism

    It was asked what was my favorite poem from the I Ching, seeing that i like it all here's something from the Tao of Peace that i came across by Diane Dreher: The Tao teaches that conflict is part of the evolving  cycles of life. But when we polarize opposition into "us...
    SycamoreWand SycamoreWand
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Sep 18, 2008

    Verse V of the "Tao Te Ching!"

    Verse V Heaven and Earth are impartial; They see the ten thousand things as straw dogs. The wise are impartial; They see the people as straw dogs. The space between heaven and Earth is like a bellows. The shape changes but not the form; The more it moves, the more it...
    Neutrino38 Neutrino38
    36-40, F
    Aug 12, 2009

    Pretty Good

    The philosphy in it was good. I'll defeinitely be re-reading it.
    digitaltempest digitaltempest
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 31, 2006

    Please Share With Us Do You Have “Wisdom Or Intelligence”

    What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher? What is a bad man but a good man’s job? If you don’t understand this, you will get lost, However intelligent you are. It is the great secret. Do you have examples that you have found with the same message? Love to hear about your...
    beopendoor beopendoor
    56-60, F
    Oct 2, 2012

    Related Experiences

    I posted the following on RelateToThat, and that Janet woman deleted my comment to her post, which I'm posting here. This woman is ridiculous. I think we will be wasting our time...
    Fmina Fmina
    51-55, F
    5 Responses Apr 11
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