19/07/2016

Tao Te Ching - Chapter 16

Canterbury Winter 2016

Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.

Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.

If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.

The Dao De Jing (= Tao Te Ching) is considered to be the founding text of Taoism and explains the Taoist philosophy and describes how to overcome many problems in life.

By Laotzi (Laotse)