I've searched around for some topics and discussions about Taoism and the Tao Te Ching, but they were all older threads that have been dead for a while. I'd like to use this thread to discuss each chapter and further understand the book of Tao better. I'm using the translation by Lin Yutang from the book, "The Wisdom of China and India." I. On the Absolute Tao The Tao that can be told of Is not the Absolute Tao; The Names that can be given Are not the Absolute Names. The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth; The Named is the Master of All Things. Therefore: Oftentimes, one strips oneself of passion In order to see the Secret of Life; Oftentimes, one regards life with passion, In order to see its manifest results. These two (the Secret and its manifestations) Are (in their nature) the same; They are given different names When they become manifest. They may both be called the Cosmic Mystery: Reaching from the Mystery into the Deeper Mystery Is the Gate to the Secret of All Life.