China Notes 3 (after written notes on Taoism)

China Notes 3 (after written notes on Taoism) - Dao is the...

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Dao is the order of the universe. It is a primordial state of nonbeing in ontology, a state without bounds or limits in the Taoist cosmogony, intangible, unfathomable, and un- analyzable empirically and taxonomically. Chapter 4------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The way is like an empty vessel That yet may be drawn from without ever needing to be filled. It is bottomless; the very progenitor of all things in the world. In it all sharpness is blunted, all tangles united, all glare tempered, all dust smoothed. It is like a deep pool that never dries…. ( dust is Taoist symbol for the noise and fuss of everyday life.) -Tao is conceived of as an empty void pregnant with the infinite possibilities of existence. -The Tao is beyond the capacity of words to describe and beyond all opposites. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Chapter 8-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -The highest good is like that of water. -The goodness of water is that it benefits the ten thousand creatures, yet itself does not scramble, but is content with the places that all men disdain. It is this that makes water so near to THE WAY. -And if men think the ground the best place for building a house upon. -If among thoughts they value those that are profound. -If in friendship they value gentles. -In word, truth, in government, good order. -In deeds, effectiveness, in action, timeliness
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-In each case it is because they prefer what does not lead to strife. -And therefore does not go amiss.
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