January 11th, 2013

goban
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The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and Earth.
The named is the mother of the ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one sees the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.
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If you can talk about it,
it ain't Tao.
If it has a name,
it's just another thing.

Tao doesn't have a name.
Names are for ordinary things.

Stop wanting stuff;
it keeps you from seeing what's real.
When you want stuff,
all you see are things.

Those two sentences
mean the same thing.
Figure them out,
and you've got it made.
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The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 1

1.1 A way can be a guide, but not a fixed path;
  names can be given, but not permanent labels.
1.2 Nonbeing is called the beginning of heaven and earth;
  being is called the mother of all things.
1.3 Always passionless, thereby observe the subtle;
  ever intent, thereby observe the apparent.
1.4 These two come from the same source but differ in name;
1.5 both are considered mysteries.
  The mystery of mysteries is the gateway of marvels.

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