Tao Te Ching
The Tao Te Ching was written by Chinese philosopher and poet Lao Tzu nearly 2,500 years ago (somewhere in the time period 604-531 B.C.) .
Translated thousands of times, second only to the Bible, the Tao Te Ching outlines a simple but paradoxal philosophy to life. Tao means “the way,” and the basic tenets for finding the way to living in unity with the universe is this: live with a spirit of compassion, humility, harmony and moderation.
Tzu offers guidance through 81 verses, or chapters, on the art of living with integrity and encourages us to transform our consciousness and evolve with intention.
It is a beautiful book full of paradox, like yin and yang, night and day, good and evil. Much like our human existence, it points to the duality of life. Yet it continues to offer hope, inspiration and guidance for creating a more peaceful, meaningful life.
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
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