Dao De Jing


Yung Suk Kim

Dao De Jing is a classical wisdom book written by Laozi. It is one of the most-read books in the world today. It comprises 81 chapters. In some sense, it is close to Jesus's parables. Both of them challenges the norms of society.

The full-text Dao De Jing in Chinese is found here (PDF).
For various English translations, go here for online texts.

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*Pinyin: 倂音 (Romanization of Chinese characters)

Jesus's Parable:
Gospel of Thomas 97
Jesus said: The kingdom of the [Father] is like a woman carrying a jar full of meal. While she was walking [on a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke (and) the meal poured out behind her on the road. She was unaware, she had not noticed the misfortune. When she came to her house, she put the jar down (and) found it empty.
A new thought or new life begins with zero, an emptiness that is a ready status to restart. A good life does not depend on how much one has but how well he/she can maintain a zero status on life. A good creative writing begins by deleting all previous writings.

Dao De Jing 9
持而盈之,不如其已
Leaving a vessel unfilled is better than filling it.

Dao De Jing 15
保此道者,不欲盈
Those who abide by the Way do not fill their desires.



[KOREAN TRANSLATION OF THE DAO DE JING]


YOU ARE DUST (POETRY IN KOREAN)



"To see small is enlightenment" --Dao De Jing 52


"To keep softness is the strength" --Dao De Jing 52

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