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Lao Tzu Language, names, and the Way Lao Tzu (or Laozi): The “Old Master”
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On the title of the book… TAO or dao (“dow”): A way or path (to do something, accomplish something; also sometimes, the way things happen) TE or de (“duh”): Virtue; the power to influence the world positively. CHING or jing (“jing”): Classic text.
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TAO called TAO is not TAO. Names can name no lasting name. Nameless: the origin of heaven and earth. Naming: the mother of ten thousand things. Empty of desire, perceive mystery. Filled with desire, perceive manifestations. These have the same source, but different names. Call them both deep-- Deep and again deep: The gateway to all mystery.
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The first line From Introduction, page xviii. Alternative translations : “Way-making that can be put into words is not really way- making.” (Ames and Hall) “A Way that can be followed [i.e., as a set of rules] is not a constant Way.” (Ivanhoe)
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The Daoist Way “Any Way that can be put into words is not a constant Way.” (Dr. Rider’s translation)
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The Daoist Way “Any Way that can be put into words is not a constant Way.” Human life and the natural world cannot be explained by or reduced to any simple, generalized sets of rules.
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