Tao Te Ching Chapter 8

I love this chapter. In it Lao Tzu uses a likeness to water to explain the innate goodness that comes with being a Tao practitioner. My favourite is perhaps “Giving with great kindness”, as in water provides its benefits without wanting any in return. Thus a true disciple of the Tao will provide kindness to all without and designs for anything in return. Just be giving. A lovely idea I wish to cultivate within myself.

As always thank you to taoism.net and thank you to Derek Lin’s Annotated & Explained Tao Te Ching for helping me understand the teachings.

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.29.54 AMChapter 8

The highest goodness resembles water
Water greatly benefits myriad things without contention
It stays in places that people dislike
Therefore it is similar to the Tao

Dwelling with the right location
Feeling with great depth
Giving with great kindness
Speaking with great integrity
Governing with great administration
Handling with great capability
Moving with great timing

Because it does not contend
It is therefore beyond reproach

 

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