Tao Te Ching 2: NINE

Hello my students. It’s me, Lao Tzu. Though it has been many years since I have updated my classic work the Tao Te Ching, it is time for me to write a new version for our modern times. 

In the coming weeks I will be rewriting and releasing all 81 sections. 

Please pay careful attention to these lessons to put yourself in a frame of mind to understand. Also, remember not to put your green tea next to your computer keyboard. I just spilled mine and now some of the buttons don’t work.  -Lao Tzu

NINE

 

“Is it easier to carry an empty cup than one that is filled to the brim?”

“I don’t know Lao, but you better not spill your hipster wine on my carpet again”

“The sharper the knife the easier it is to dull…”

“Hey Lao, I’m trying to watch the game. Could you not read that aloud?”

 “THE MORE WEALTH YOU POSSESS THE HARDER IT IS TO PROTECT! PRIDE BRINGS ITS OWN TROUBLE! WHEN YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED YOUR GOAL SIMPLY WALK AWAY. . . this is the pathway to heaven…”

“That’s why you don’t have a girlfriend, Lao.”

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(see original text for chapter nine of the Tao Te Ching)

 

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu (translated the old sage or master) is traditionally known as the father of Taoism. He lived during China's Warring States period and worked as an archivist at the emperor court. There he met Confucius himself with whom he talked about rites. Rites were the subject-matter of Confucius and Confucianists. Taoism didn't bother with such themes pointing to society, morals and ethics. Therefore the dialogue of these two masters shows a clear demarcation between their specific doctrines. Lao Tzu preached the retirement and seclusion, while Confucius insisted on the practicing the humanhood as the main virtue of a civilized person, and on personal education. Later on, disguised by the court decline of morals, Lao Tzu would left his job and departed to West. He was asked by the Guardian of the Pass to write a book and thus come into being the Tao Te Ching (translated as The Classic of Tao and Te). Tao and Te are basic concepts in Taoist philosophy. Related one to each other they pointed to the Supreme Power in the Universe and its features. Bio adapted from http://www.taoisminfo.com/ 

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