Category Archives: Chuang Tzu

The useless

Hui Tzu said to Chuang Tzu: “All your teaching is centered on what has no use.” Chuang Tzu replied: “If you have no appreciation for what has no use, you cannot begin to talk about what can be used. “The … Continue reading

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The Man of Tao

The man of Tao acts without impediment, He harms no other being by his actions, Yet he does not know himself to be kind and gentle. He does not struggle to make money And he does not make a virtue … Continue reading

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Means and ends

The purpose of a fishtrap Is to catch fish, And when the fish are caught The trap is forgotten. The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped The words are forgotten. Where can I find … Continue reading

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Man is born in Tao

Fishes are born in water, man is born in Tao. If fishes, born in water, seek the deep shadow of pond and pool, all their needs are satisfied. If man, born in Tao, sinks into the deep shadow of non-action, … Continue reading

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Wholeness

How does the true man of Tao Walk through walls without obstruction And stand in fire without being burnt? Not because of cunning or daring, Not because he has learned – But because he has unlearned. His nature sinks to … Continue reading

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The Empty Boat

Who can free himself of achievement and fame Then descend and be lost Amidst the masses of men? He will flow like Tao, unseen… He will go about like life itself, With no name and no home. Simple is he, … Continue reading

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Apologies

If a man steps on a stranger’s foot In the marketplace, He makes a polite apology And offers an explanation: “This place is so crowded.” If an elder brother Steps on his younger brother’s foot He says, “Sorry.” And that … Continue reading

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