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Dwelling by a Stream (Zongyuan Liu, Tang)

I had so long been troubled by official hat and robe
that I am glad to be an exile here in this wild south land.
I am a neighbour now of planters and reapers. Alcohol lamp
I am a guest of the mountains and woods.
I plough in the morning, Turing dewy grasses,
And at evening tie my fisher-boat, breaking the quiet stream.
Back and forth I go, scarcely meeting anyone,
And sing a long poem and gaze at the blue sky.
溪居 柳宗元
久为簪组束,幸此南夷谪。
闲依农圃邻,偶似山林客。
晓耕翻露草,夜榜响溪石。
往来不逢人, 长歌楚天碧。

TaoTeChing, Lao-Tzu 11

Thirty spokes join one hub. The wheel’s use comes from emptiness. JPC0007
Clay is fired to make a pot. The pot’s use comes from emptiness.
Windows and doors are cut to make a room. The room’s use comes from emptiness.
Therefore,  Having leads to profit,  Not having leads to use.

三十輻,共一轂,當其無,有車之用。
埏埴以為器,當其無,有器之用。
鑿戶牖以為室,當其無,有室之用。
故有之以為利,無之以為用。

TaoTeChing, Lao-Tzu Day 10

Can you balance your life force
And embrace the One without separation?

Jasmin Green Tea smallCan you control your breath gently like a baby?
Can you clarify your dark vision without blemish?
Can you live people and govern the country without knowledge?

Can you open and close the gate of heaven without climbing to earth?
Can you brighten the four deductions without action? Give birth and cultivate.Give birth and do not possess. Act without dependence. Excel but do not rule. This is called dark Te.

载营魄抱一,能无离乎?专气致柔,能如婴儿乎?涤除玄览,能无疵乎?爱民治国,能无为乎?天门开阖,能为雌乎?明白四达,能无知乎?生之、畜之、生而不 有,为而不恃,长而不宰,是谓玄德。

TaoTeChing, Lao-Tzu Day 9

Hold and fill it–
Not as good as stopping in time.
Measure and pound it– It will not long survive.

DSC01228smallWhen gold and jade fill the hall,
They cannot be guarded.

Riches and pride
Bequeath error.
Withdrawing when work is done: Heaven’s Tao.
持而盈之,不如其已;
揣而銳之,不可長保。
金玉滿堂,莫之能守;
富貴而驕,自遺其咎。
功遂身退,天之道也。

TaoTeChing, LaoTzu Day 8

IMG_1081smallBest to be like water,
Which benefits the ten thousand thins
And does not contend.
It pools where humans disdain to dwell,
Close to the Tao. Live in a good place. Keep your mind deep. Treat others we. Stand by your word. Make fair rules. Do the right things. Work when it’s time. Only do not contend,
And you will not go wrong.
水善利万物而不争,处众人之所恶,故几于道。居,善地;
心,善渊;与,善仁;言,善信;政,善治;事,善能;动,
善时。夫唯不争,故无尤。

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