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Discussion in 'Religion, Beliefs and Spirituality' started by bkadoctaj, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. #1 bkadoctaj, Sep 16, 2008
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 17, 2008
    Some of you might be aware that I'm fascinated by metaphysics, or "things beyond". I love the wisdom of Taoist philosophy and mysticism, and I really want to share it with my fellow Grasscitizens. So let me include a segment of the introduction that Ralph Alan Dale wrote for his modern translation of the ancient Tao Te Ching, authored by the mystical Lao Tzu (Master Lao) over 2400 years ago in China:
    I'll post a few verses each day, in the standard order. There are 81 verses all told. :) Enjoy, and feel free to discuss lines, ideas, whole verses, anything. Even feel free to share alternative translations. If I see any good alternate translations, I'll share them as well. I love feedback and this is one of my favorite topics. :)

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    Clay walls are moulded into a pot,
    but the usefulness of the pot lies in its emptiness.
    -Lao Tzu
  3. this makes me want to go read the tao.

  4. More is coming for you now:

  5. Insane thread, My fav. is tempering.
  6. Alright Grasscity, that's enough for now. :)
  7. These are great quotes to live by, they remind me of the Proverbs..
  8. #8 bkadoctaj, Sep 17, 2008
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 18, 2008
    And away we go... good morning, Grasscity. :p

  9. #9 Medicine Al, Sep 17, 2008
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    A sage can have things without feeling they "own" them.
    The sage does things without putting an emotional stake into the outcome. The task is accomplished,
    but the Sage doesn't seek credit or take pride in the accomplishment.
    Because the Sage is not attached to the accomplishment,
    the accomplishment lasts forever. -Lao Tzu-

    Just as the value of a house lies in its location,
    The value of a mind lies in its depth,
    The value of giving lies in the presence of a generous spirit,
    The value of words lies in their reliability

    -Lao Tzu
  10. Whoa, what's the meaning of that new signature? You've got me intrigued.

  11. Good morning. :)
  12. Alright, I should be cleaning my room, but first:

  13. fuckin BEAUTIFUL. Love the phrasing of 'the pregnant moment', definitely a phrase that makes its mark and something I will keep with me in my practice.
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    There is no greater disaster than to underestimate your enemy.
    If I did that, I would lose my 3 treasures
    (benevolence, frugality, never trying to be number one)
    -Lao Tzu
  15. Fucking baked. :p

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    Because Sage's don't compete,
    they are unbeatable.
    -Lao Tzu
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    The more regulations there are, the poorer the people,
    The more weapons there are, the greater the chaos.
    -Lao Tzu
  18. Lo siento, mis amores.

  19. love reading this thread, very grounding

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