dao unbound

Chinese for "unbound"

full shot of prayer wheel, design intricate

Bird song flies unfettered

Over blue sky and green fields.
Once you feel Tao run,
Give way, give way.

What is it like to feel Tao? It is an effortless flowing, a sweeping momentum. It is like bird song soaring and gliding over a vast landscape. You can feel this in your life: Events will take on a perfect momentum, a glorious cadence. You can feel it in your body: The energy will rise up in you in a thrilling crescendo, setting your very nerves aglow. You can feel it in your spirit: You will enter a state of such perfect grace that you will resound over the landscape of reality like ephemeral bird song.

When Tao comes to you in this way, ride it for all that you are worth. Don’t interfere. Don’’t stop—that brings failure, alienation, and regret. Don’t try to direct it. Let it flow and follow it. When the Tao is with you, put aside all other concerns. As long as the song lasts, follow. Just follow.

365 Tao
daily meditations
Deng Ming-Dao (author)
ISBN 0-06-250223-9

Tibet, Treasures from the Roof of the World

Lamas chanting

A pair of Lamas chanting and playing the drums, a symbolic daily ritual in Tibet. These two Lamas are among a large group that chants to the Sutra, the Buddhists’ bible, twice a day.

Photo courtesy of Barry and Irena Gernstein.

T A O t e C H I N G

hand drawn calligraphy of the word dao
t h i r t y - t h r e e

tao 33

Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self needs strength.

He who knows he has enough is rich.
Perseverance is a sign of willpower.
He who stays where he is endures.
To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.

— translation by GIA-FU FENG

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.

If you realize that you have enough,
you are truly rich.
If you stay in the center
and embrace death with your whole heart,
you will endure forever.

— translation is by Steven Mitchell

[as this verse is rather short, I thought it would be interesting to show two different translations]

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