Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, 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 ~

Friday, December 16, 2005

Dao De Jing: Chapter 8

The Dao De Jing, or The Way and It's Power, is one of the great world classics, and the foundation of Daoism. If you click on the title of this post, you'll be directed to an online version of the complete text. Here is Chapter 8.

Chapter Eight

The highest good is like water.
Water give life to the ten thousand things
and does not strive.

It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In daily life, be competent.
In action, be aware of the time and the season.

No fight: No blame.


shyloh's poetry said...

Is this the place I will Remember the night before morning before leaving. Cause me to always remember never forgetting that moment?

ms_lili said...

awesome shot of shards of ice on a winter lake. very very nice.

water... the weakest/strongest substance known on earth. think about water. 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom. where would we be without it? we wouldn't.