By Pat O'Bryan (author), Craig Burdett (editor)
Initially written a few 2,500 years in the past Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching endures as a robust and correct guide—for kings, princes, and captains—yet smooth translations stay tricky to learn. In Everyday Tao Te Ching, Texas artist and musician Pat O'Bryan updates the Tao for the twenty-first century. laying off high-brow language and archaic cautions, Pat bargains a Tao Te Ching that will be cozy in blue denims and a t-shirt. uncomplicated, but thought-provoking, chapters paired with strong images create an imminently available Everyday Tao Te Ching—the Tao for the remainder of us.
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But it is a fact. Once you “get” the Tao, you’ll find you have lots of time because you focus on what’s important—really important—and let the rest go. Wise people have followed the Tao forever. They walk carefully, like on thin ice. They’re alert, as if they sense danger. They’re as courteous as a guest. Imagine the answer written at the bottom of the stream—can you wait until the mud settles to know the answer? Can you sit still until the right answer appears? Wise people don’t seek enlightenment because they know you can’t find what you already have.
I spilt the milk. I’ll feel bad unless I’m punished. ” The Tao has no room for the concept of sin and punishment. And, after you’ve ripped your blouse and whipped yourself into a bloody frenzy, where is the milk? What have you actually accomplished? In the time it took to wish, whip, and visualize you could have gone back to the dairy, refilled the bucket, walked home, and read a good book, listened to some pleasant music, or done some other profitable exercise. The sooner you can get to “what is, is” and stop arguing with reality, the sooner you can get on with your life.
And, Buddhism would probably not have penetrated so deeply into Western thought—if it appeared at all outside India. T. Suzuki, Allan Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac—the early beacons of Buddhism in the West— found their way to Buddhism through Zen. And, without Taoism, there would have been no Zen. So, what is this amazing philosophy? The Tao Te Ching is divided into 81 chapters. There is no apparent order to the chapters, except that the first chapter had to come first. In studying the Tao, I’ve noticed that the teachings can be categorized into eight lessons.