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Chapter 02 – Being and non-being

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

Support Author: Stephen Mitchell
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7 Responses to “Chapter 02 – Being and non-being”

  1. Chew says:

    The universe is made up of opposites.

    The student seeks the mean. The master finds it.

    Balanced on the mean a master’s life unfolds.

    In becoming, the master teaches by example.

    Becoming happens one day at a time. It is never finished.

    • Zariel says:

      Fell out of bed fleeing down. This has brightened my day!

      • Anabel says:

        Hey, Terry thanks so much. I felt so graeuftl when I first read those words, too. Now comes the job of remembering them. So I think putting them up is a great idea!

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  3. Kallie says:

    Your quiet of near 2 weeks ago is another fiittng coincidence.Just thinking, not deciding maybe I can do 100 days emailing either here or somewhere else. Informed by my internet wariness. I tend to be a very open person, especially about myself, so this caution doesn’t come quickly. I have such faith in our truths. To paraphrase a feminist saying, that one person can crack open the world by telling the truth about her life. Though I don’t aspire to be that person. Just to listen.

    • Derek says:

      Yes, this also describes my life ptrety accurately: “I can’t stop editing my art blog as 5 – 15 other tasks with financial benefits, deadlines or career benefits are ignored.” One day we should make a post about the top ten professional humans’ who have written about how, despite choosing to be the bosses of our own lives, we often manage to be not so good at it a lot of the time. (Hyperbole and a Half’s ALL THE THINGS! would be included as well) 0

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  6. Student says:

    Could “it” be?

    “This is why (a moment) lasts forever.”

    Is “it” possibly mistranslated?

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