taoism

A Quote by Lao Tzu on mind, trying, and taoism

. . . These are notions of the mind, which is like a knife, always chipping away at the Tao, trying to render it graspable and manageable. But that which is beyond form is ungraspable, and that which is beyond knowing is unmanageable. There is, however, this consolation: She who lets go of the knife will find the Tao at her fingertips.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (13)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on body, confession, fashion, information, mind, religion, science, words, and taoism

I confess that there is nothing to teach: no religion, no science, no body of information which will lead your mind back to the Tao. Today I speak in this fashion, tomorrow in another, but always the Integral Way is beyond words and beyond mind.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (p. 8)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on day, learning, and taoism

In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired. In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: The Tao Te Ching, (48)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on heart, mind, and taoism

If you can let go of (the Tao) with your mind and surround it with your heart, it will live inside you forever.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (33)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on acceptance, awareness, circumstances, direction, falsehood, goodwill, illusions, leadership, perception, spontaneity, truth, virtue, taoism, and path

{There are two paths leading to oneness with the Tao.} The first in the path of acceptance. Affirm everyone and everything. Freely extend you goodwill and virtue in every direction, regardless of circumstances. Embrace all things as part of the Harmonious Oneness, and then you will begin to perceive it. The second path is that of denial. Recognize that everything you see and think is a falsehood, an illusion, a veil over the truth. Peel all the veils away, and you will arrive at the Oneness. Though these paths are entirely different, they will deliver you to the same place: spontaneous awareness of the Great Oneness.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (48)

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A Quote by Geoffrey James on computers, nature, and taoism

A master was explaining the nature of Tao to one of his novices. "The Tao is embodied in all software - regardless of how insignificant," said the master. "Is Tao in a hand-held calculator?" asked the novice. "It is," came the reply. "Is the Tao in a video game?" continued the novice. "It is even in a video game," said the master. "And is the Tao in the DOS for a personal computer?" The master coughed and shifted his position slightly. "The lesson is over for today," he said.

Geoffrey James

Source: The Tao of Programming translated by Geoffrey James

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A Quote by Dennis Genpo Merzel on buddhism, god, nature, and taoism

{True zazen is surrendering every moment.} But surrendering to what? It really does not matter what we call it: God or the Tao or the Dharma or the Buddha or our true nature. . . . It is the act of letting go, of surrendering, that matters. The very act of letting go opens us up completely.

Dennis Genpo Merzel (1944 -)

Source: The Eye never sleeps: Striking to the heart of zen, Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc, 1991, p 49

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A Quote by Confucius on business, corruption, effort, politicians, time, taoism, and path

But if you do not have the Tao yourself, what business have you spending your time in vain efforts to bring corrupt politicians into the right path?

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on silence, words, and taoism

Tao is beyond words and beyond things. It is not expressed either in word or in silence. Where there is no longer word or silence Tao is apprehended.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Quotations from Chuang Tzu, (25:11, p. 226)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on chance, silence, words, and taoism

To name Tao is to name nothing. Tao is not the name of (something created). "Cause" and "chance" have no bearing on the Tao. Tao is a name that indicates without defining. Tao is beyond words and beyond things. It is not expressed either in word or in silence. Where there is no longer word or silence Tao is apprehended.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Chuang Tzu, 25:11, p. 226

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