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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 71

Understanding that we do not know is wisdomBelieving that we know the unknowable is sufferingFirst year law students often arrive expecting that they are going to be told all the answers to legal questions. After a few weeks of hearing professors say, “That depends on …,” they begin to suspect that the professors know the …

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George Pays It Forward

In a recent post, I described my grandson’s loving acceptance of George the lemur who lost his tail. This morning, George was found with his hand resting on Chao Chao in what appears to be a gesture of kindness. (Everyone denies staging this scenario, so think what you will about how this came about.) Chao …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 64 (Part 2)

As I explained in Part 1, this unusually long chapter resembles a string of proverbs. Picking up from the earlier post, here are some key passages from the rest of the chapter. Action leads to failureGrasping leads to lossThus the sage refrains from action and does not failRefrains from grasping and does not lose Once …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 63

Act without actingEngage without engagingKnow without knowing These opening lines present the paradox of Tao, especially the first line which returns to the theme of non-action. People sometimes misunderstand this concept to mean that we all should sit around binge watching our favorite show instead of going to work, taking care of the kids, paying …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 53

This chapter paints an accurate picture of the human experience. If I have even a little knowledgeI will walk on the path of the great TaoStraying from it is my only fearThis path is very smooth and easyBut people love to veer off on side roadsWhile the palace courts are splendid The fields lie fallowAnd the …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 50

The chapter opens with an observation on dualism. Going out into life, entering death What causes this cycle of life and death? Because attachment to life is intense The character for intense has additional meanings of thick, solid, lavish. This contrasts with the description in the second part of the chapter, which is one of …

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Revealing Gold

In 1954, an insignificant Buddha statue made of painted and decorated plaster was being moved in Bangkok from its modest shed to a new temple. Weighing over five tons, the statue was too heavy for the crane and it fell to the ground. A piece of plaster chipped off the base. When the workers examined …

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