tao te ching ☯️ chapter one

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Tao is beyond words 

and beyond understanding. 

Words may be used to speak of

it, but they cannot

contain it. 


Tao existed before

words and names, before heaven and earth,

before the ten thousand things. It is the unlimited

father and mother of all limited things. Therefore, to see

beyond all boundaries to the subtle heart of things, 

dispense with names, with concepts,

with expectations and ambitions

and differences. 


Tao and its many manifestations

arise from the same source: subtle wonder

within mysterious darkness. This

is the beginning of all



from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 1




This reality

cannot be covered by the skies

or held up by the earth. Space cannot contain it.

It abides within all sentient beings and is the support

on which all of them rest. It has always been

clean and naked. There is nowhere

it does not pervade.







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