Today I am working with the second chapter of The Tao Te Ching (from A Path and a Practice by William Martin)

Chapter 2 – Opposites

Beauty cannot exist
without ugliness.
Virtue cannot exist
without vice.
Living, we know death.
Struggling, we know ease.
Rising high, we know the depths.
Being quiet, we understand noise.

Everything gives rise to its opposite,
therefore we work without conscious effort
and teach without agenda.
We enjoy everything
and possess nothing.
Our accomplishments
do not emerge from our ego,
so we do not cling to them.
Thus they benefit all beings.

 

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