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Lao Tzu

"The Old Master" or "The Venerable Philosopher" (title of respect)


(Confucius 551-479 BCE;  Siddhartha/the Buddha 563-493 BCE; Pythagoras 570-495 BCE; Cyrus the Great 600-530 BCE)




Departing on an ox with the Tao Te Ching in hand



Those who know, do not speak; those who speak, do not know.

Be still like a mountain and flow like a river.

The best way to live is to be like water.

The softest things of the world overcome the hardest things of the world.

Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non-action.  When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.

When two opponents meet, the one without an enemy will surely triumph.

Even a 1,000 mile journey starts with a single step.


Tao (Dao)

Yin Yang

Wu Wei


Te (De) and the Three Jewels


all embedded within the Tao Te Ching - "way-path/reality" "virtue/power" "text/means" - "the book of the way to virtue"  - of some 5,000 characters in 81 chapters


Lao Tzu is as "a dragon, untrappable" - Confucius

"Nine Dragons" hand scroll section, by Chen Rong, 1244 AD, Song Dynasty, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 


Chuang Tzu

370 - 287 BCE

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The Unfathomable Source of Existence

If there was a beginning, then there was a time before that beginning. And a time before the time which was before the time of that beginning.

If there is existence, there must have been non-existence. And if there was a time when nothing existed, then there must have been a time before that when even nothing did not exist.

Suddenly, when nothing came into existence, could one really say whether it belonged to the category of existence or of non-existence?

 Even the very words I have just now uttered, I cannot say whether they have really been uttered or not.


The Butterfly

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Tzu, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of the following my fancies as a butterfly, and was unconscious of my individuality as a man.

Suddenly, I awoke, and there I lay, myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.



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