Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dao De Jing #42: Mind

The Dao De Jing is both one of the world's great works of literature and one of the foundations of philosophical Daoism. A free online version of this timeless classic may be found here. Below is chapter 42: Mind.

42. Mind

The Way bears sensation,
Sensation bears memory,
Sensation and memory bear abstraction,
And abstraction bears all the world;
Each thing in the world bears feeling and doing,
And, imbued with mind, harmony with the Way.

As others have taught, so do I teach,
"Who loses harmony opposes nature";
This is the root of my teaching.


jc said...

a text of great wisdom for sure....

Rick Matz said...


Paul said...

There can indeed be infinite renditions of Tao Te Ching. This is the Chinese orginal:


Quite not-the-same as Ricky's quoted rendition? Never mind, each creates his own cup of tea. It would most likely be fine with Lao Tze....:):)

Rick Matz said...

I've come to prefer translations by people who can read the original - usually sinologists and philosophers, as opposed to westerns who can't read the language, but after reading a number of other translations attempt their own "re-imaginings" of what it said.

That's sort of a like a game of telephone.

I like Paul's translations. Please pay him a visit.

My Japanese study has gone on the back burner as I no longer work for a Japanese company or actively study a Japanese martial art. When I was studying Japanese however, one of my long term goals was to read the Japanese version of the DDJ. I figured that would be as close as I would ever be able to come to the original.