Chapter 1

“Words and names are not the way
They can’t define the absolute
It’s better that you look within
Hold your tongue and just be mute

Look within and look out too
You will not find a separation
Out there you see appearance
Within you see origination

Look within with wonder
At emptiness and bliss
For wonder names totality
Where nothing is amiss

The space within is always there
If you can moderate desire
A place of utter emptiness
And possibility entire.”

– Chapter 1,
Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tzu

As translated by Jim Clatfelter, 2000



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