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The Wisdom of Lao Tzu: The Dao De Jing

The Wisdom of Lao Tzu: The Dao De Jing (Way and the Life)

Wikipedia overviews Lao Tzu or Laozi.

Laozi (also Lao-Tzu /ˈlaʊˈdzʌ/[1] or Lao-TzeChinese: 老子; pinyinLǎozǐ, lit. “Old Master”) was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching[2], the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.

Although a legendary figure, Laozi is usually dated to around the 6th century BCE and reckoned a contemporary of Confucius, but some historians contend that he actually lived during the Warring States period of the 5th or 4th century BCE.[3] A central figure in Chinese culture, Laozi is claimed by both the emperors of the Tang dynasty and modern people of the Li surname as a founder of their lineage. Laozi’s work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements[4] as well as Chinese legalism.[5]

 

http://taoteching.org.uk/index.php?c=10&a=Stephen+Mitchell

This translation is by Stephen Mitchell the husband of Byron Katie.

1

The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

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2

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

(I love that he says ‘she’, there is great wisdom in the feminine)

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3

If you overesteem great men,
people become powerless.
If you overvalue possessions,
people begin to steal.

The Master leads
by emptying people’s minds
and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambition
and toughening their resolve.
He helps people lose everything
they know, everything they desire,
and creates confusion
in those who think that they know.

Practice not-doing,
and everything will fall into place.

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4

The Tao is like a well:
used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.

It is hidden but always present.
I don’t know who gave birth to it.
It is older than God.

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5

The Tao doesn’t take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn’t take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners.

The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand.

Hold on to the center.

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6

The Tao is called the Great Mother:
empty yet inexhaustible,
it gives birth to infinite worlds.

It is always present within you.
You can use it any way you want.

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7

The Tao is infinite, eternal.
Why is it eternal?
It was never born;
thus it can never die.
Why is it infinite?
It has no desires for itself;
thus it is present for all beings.

The Master stays behind;
that is why she is ahead.
She is detached from all things;
that is why she is one with them.
Because she has let go of herself,
she is perfectly fulfilled.

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8

The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

When you are content to be simply yourself
and don’t compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.

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9

Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.

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10

Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child’s?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

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Los Angeles: Jugglejam and Master Ong

http://www.masterongspropshop.com/content/9-what

I attended jugglejam in Los angeles and met the masters of object manipulation some call juggling.  Not only were they masters of their art they lived the philosophy that comes with it and through it.  as you focus, imagine and go with the flow you start to understand the true meaning of life.

What

Ever wonder about the world of flow arts? There are so many beauties and wonders to behold in such a place full of magic, martial arts, performance art , visual art, and object manipulation. The props and tools used to create this beauty are more than tools, they are instruments that play the sweet music of flow arts. Let’s take a tour of some of the many branches that encompasses the world of flow arts.

Hooping and juggling are very well known within the realm of flow arts but they do not exist alone, poi, staff, batons, and so much more fill this world of flow arts. Maori art form of poi spinning is just one of the extensions of this art . Under the big umbrella of this magical world, there also is fire poi, flag poi and contact poi. Even contact juggling has its two forms: one ball and multi-ball and it just goes to show that flow arts holds so much variety in it’s art, so much to experience.

In addition to this colossal family of art, clubs have been around for quite some time. It varies from club juggling to club swinging and even contact club. Another branch off dealing with a club as a prop is club manipulation, where without having to traditionally juggle the clubs, you can manipulate the clubs to create patterns. Then we have the staff and its many different forms. There is traditional staff spinning and many more different styles such as contact staff, baton twirlers and traditional chinese Fei Cha. This is all just a taste of what flow arts has to offer.

Not only is flow arts exciting and magical, it is great for us in so many ways. It helps us with our motor skills, helping us with our hand eye coordination, reflex, memory and finding the flow within ourselves. Taking part in this art is more than discovering the props, tricks, technique but more importantly is that flow arts teaches you more about yourself than you will realize. Flow arts can transcend from a hobby to a way of life and it never disappoints. When you embark on the road to flow arts, it is a journey that rewards in every step you take. I think now is the time you take the first step on this road to experience flow arts.

Who

Master Ong, is a representation of our inner self. Many of us of this era are in search of the path or the direction towards the glorious sunset. But it lays within us, the direction, the answer, its the process not the product, the journey not the destination. The master in each of us lays within us, we are masters of our own time, our art. We have the power and the strength to summon as long as we know it exists within us. Love the plateau. Love thy practice.

The route to mastery is a never ending one.

“My daily affairs are quite ordinary; but Im in harmony with them. I dont hold on to anything, dont reject anything; nowhere an obstacle or conflict. Who cares about wealth and honor? Even the poorest things shines.”

Nothing in this life is ‘in between’, every act, every thought are infinite. All paths of mastery converge.

Where

January 7th 14th 28th February 4th 11th 25th // Flow Arts Workshop With Master Ong

https://www.facebook.com/events/123090041188887

 

Feb 16th //  Lantern Flow Festival // Los Angeles // Tickets

https://www.facebook.com/events/484145754969295

 

March 21st – 24th // Humboldt Juggling Festival// Humboldt CA

https://www.facebook.com/events/126447237523835 // http://www.humboldtjugglingsociety.org/

 

April 5th – 7th // 37th Isla Vista Juggling Festival// Santa Barbara CA

https://www.facebook.com/events/146090865541810

 

April 11th – 14th // Flame Festival// Atlanta GA

https://www.facebook.com/events/439495992766884

 

April 20th – 21st // Monkey See Monkey Do// New York City

https://www.facebook.com/events/114772142027721

 

May 2nd – 5th// Spin Summit// Black Forest Colorado

http://www.thespinsummit.com/

 

May 16th – 19th// Kinetic Fire// Ohio

https://www.facebook.com/events/347853915311637

 

May 30th – 2nd// Firedrums// Northern California

http://www.firedrums.org/

 

June 6th – 9th// IgNight Festival // Los Angeles

https://www.facebook.com/events/504291122935779

 

July 11th – 15th// Lightning In The Bottle// Los  Angeles

https://www.facebook.com/events/417456821619879

 

August 16th – 10th// WildFire//  Connecticut

htttp://www.wildfireretreat.com

 

September 3th – 5th// Lake Tahoe Flow Festival// Kings Beach CA

https://www.facebook.com/events/299160903537097

 

September 12th – 15th// Pacific Fire Gathering// Oregon

http://www.pacificfiregathering.com