Everyday Tao Te Ching: a renegade's practical guide to by Pat O'Bryan (author), Craig Burdett (editor)

By Pat O'Bryan (author), Craig Burdett (editor)

Initially written a few 2,500 years in the past Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching endures as a strong and correct guide—for kings, princes, and captains—yet glossy translations stay tricky to learn. In Everyday Tao Te Ching, Texas artist and musician Pat O'Bryan updates the Tao for the twenty-first century. laying off high-brow language and archaic cautions, Pat deals a Tao Te Ching that will be cozy in blue denims and a t-shirt. easy, but thought-provoking, chapters paired with robust photos create an imminently available Everyday Tao Te Ching—the Tao for the remainder of us.

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The best tactic is to achieve your goals without confrontation. 69 Don’t seek confrontation. Let it come to you. Don’t make assumptions or try to predict the future. It may not happen. If it does, it’s better to meet it on your terms. Let the other person make the first move. Only a fool rushes into a confrontation that can be avoided gracefully. A wise general would rather retreat a foot than advance an inch. The most success is achieved by the least action. 70 The Tao is easy to understand and easy to practice.

A bad person will find forgiveness in it. 63 Your job is to do the least you can to accomplish the most you can. Keep it simple. Solve problems while they’re small and they won’t get big. You can accomplish big things if you start when they’re small things. You can’t truly be great if you’re trying to be great. Just be. It’s best to regard every project as difficult. If it’s not real important to you, then you won’t start it. Everything you actually do becomes easy. 64 A thousand mile journey begins with one step.

That’s not to say that reading the Tao is a mindless exercise. It’s important to reflect and consider the world within us and around us as we read. But, hopefully, when you read this version, you won’t have to do mental back-flips. ” The collision happened a long time ago, but here’s the story. Bodhidharma was an Indian Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th–6th century CE. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chán (Sanskrit: Dhyāna, Japanese: Zen) to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch.

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