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 ~

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Dao De Jing #48: Inaction

The Dao De Jing is not only one of the world's great classics, it is one of the foundations of Philosophical Daoism. A free online version of the Dao De Jing may be found here.Below is verse #48, Inaction.

48. Inaction

The follower of knowledge learns as much as he can every day;
The follower of the Way forgets as much as he can every day.

By attrition he reaches a state of inaction
Wherein he does nothing, but nothing remains undone.

To conquer the world, accomplish nothing;
If you must accomplish something,
The world remains beyond conquest.


Grinling E Gibbons said...

The Dao di Jing was the first book of Chinese philosophy that ever read. It was the Wade Gilles translation. I was hooked. It was the finger that pointed to the moon. I have read the Dao de Jing many times in many versions. I have read parts of it in Chinese with the limited Chinese I possess. After 40 years, it still instructs me. I firmly believe that you cannot understand martial arts if you do not have at least a basic understanding of this book.

Rick Matz said...

The first version that I was exposed to was the beautiful edition by Gia Fu Feng and Jane English with the black and white photographs.

Every time I go back to that well, there is something new.