October 11, 2010

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
If you realize that you have enough,
you are truly rich.
If you stay in the center
and embrace death with your whole heart,
you will endure forever.

Well, what to say, it’s been too many weeks since we had this class and I’m sorry to say I can’t remember other readings I brought in that night. I’m making every effort to stay on top of this blog!

One thought on “October 11, 2010

  1. This week’s portion of the Tao Te Ching reminded me of a line in Psalm 34 (33), verse 10, which can be translated (Grail Psalms): “Strong lions suffer want and go hungry/ but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing.” Another translation (RSV) makes the second part read: “… those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” In class, I had remembered the line as ‘those who trust in the Lord will lack nothing.’ A little different, but not so different. It seems to me that “seeking the Lord” or “trusting in the Lord” both refer to that state of being which the Tao Te Ching describes in so many ways but always circling back on the same thing–“If you stay in the center…” If you stay in the center, you will discover that you lack nothing, no good thing is missing.

    Suzin has been making many interesting connections to other wisdom literature, as we go through the Tao Te Ching. This week I really felt how the subtle infusion of the Taoist perspective can open up deeper meanings present in the wisdom teachings I have encountered many times before.

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