Passage #59: 11 August 2010

Ride Te Ching


  • We join spokes together in a wheel,
  • but it is the center hole
  • that makes the bicycle move.
  • We shape clay into a pot,
  • but it is the emptiness inside
  • that holds whatever we want.
  • We hammer wood for a house,
  • but it is the inner space
  • that makes it livable.
  • We work with being,
  • but non-being is what we use.

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  • Rushing into action, you fail.
  • Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
  • Forcing a project to completion,
  • you ruin what was almost ripe.
  • Therefore the Rider takes action
  • by letting things take their course.
  • She remains as calm
  • at the end as at the beginning.
  • She has nothing,
  • thus has nothing to lose.
  • What she desires is non-desire;
  • what she learns is to unlearn.
  • She cares about nothing but the Ride.
  • Thus she can care for all things.

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  • By climbing what is large
  • we remember we are small.
  • We stay close
  • but we see our land as new.
  • Since before time and space were,
  • the Ride has been.
  • It is beyond is and is not.
  • How do we know this is true?
  • We look inside ourselves and see.

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