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Dàodéjīng 2: a field of ambiguities

I’m mostly producing these versions as a way to deepen my own understanding, but someone may find something to value here anyway. Notes are after the chapter. 462 more words


Xiao Zhuan (Small Seal) Daodejing Bracelet

Bracelet made of apple-tree wood tiles. The tiles are engraved (burned) with chinese ideograms of  Xiao Zhuan script (Small Seal,  220 BC). Their meaning is: “The Tao that can be followed is not the eternal Tao”, first verse of the  45 more words


Dàodéjīng 1: yet another interpretation

I’m not sure why I think the world needs another English version of this verse, but here it is. My aim has been to be as word-for-word as possible while retaining the allusive imagery. 100 more words


Addendum to "Laozi in Lisbon (2)"

An especially apt passage from Pessoa, in light of my recent post:

The highest honour for a superior man is to not know the name of his country’s chief of state, or whether he lives under a monarchy or a republic.

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Philosophical Reflections

Laozi in Lisbon (2)

I was struck, today, by another concordance between Laozi and Pessoa and, nestled within this concordance, another disagreement. Laozi first this time, again in the wonderful Addiss and Lombardo translation (easily superior, at least as English poetry, to the Hinton and Ivanhoe translations that I also own): 855 more words

Philosophical Reflections

Classical Daoism - Is There Really Such a Thing? Part 4.4

This essay is part of my series exploring the validity of the existence of “Classical Daoism” or Daojia 道家, “(Early) Daoism.” “Wuwei” is commonly taken to be a Daoist concept.  28,477 more words