this mysterious place of not-knowing

rip lion


Between their births

and their deaths, three out of ten

are attached to life, three out of ten are

attached to death, three out of ten are just

idly passing through. Only one knows

how to die and stay dead and

still go on living.


That one

hasn’t any ambitions,

hasn’t any ideas, makes no plans.

From this mysterious place of not-knowing

and non-doing he gives birth to whatever is needed

in the moment. Because he is constantly filling his being

with nonbeing, he can travel the wilds without

worrying about tigers or wild buffalo,

or he can cross a battlefield

without armor or



No tiger can claw him.

No buffalo can gore him.

No weapon can pierce him.


Why is this so?

Because he has died, there

isn’t any more room for

death in him.


from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 50


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