Daode jing

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The Daido jing (3rd century B.C.E.), also known as the Laozi after its alleged original author, is the original classic text upon which Taoism is built.[1] It describes the Tao (in LP terms Undifferentiated Consciousness)) and its operations as it unfolds and creates the universe.

Related LP Terms

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Non-LP Related Terms

Taoism > Tao

Text Snippets

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 origin of heaven and earth; The named is the mother of the myriad beings.

Always remain free from desires— And you can see its wonder. Always cherish desires And you can only observe its outcome

Both these develop together But have different names; They are part of the mystery.

... The Tao is empty. Use it, It will never overflow; Abysmal it is The ancestor of all beings. ... Highest goodness is like water.[2] It benefits the myriad beings And never contends. By never contending It is without fault.

It rests in what the multitude disdain, Thus it is close to the Tao.

Rest in goodness like you stand on the earth, Make your mind as good as the abyss is deep. Join goodness to become fully benevolent, Speak pure goodness for mutual trust.

Be straight in goodness when you govern, Serve goodness as much as you can, Then you will move with goodness at all times. ... Look at it and do not see it: We call it invisible. Listen to it and do not hear it: We call it inaudible. Touch it and do not feel it: We call it subtle.Related Term

These three cannot be better understood, They merge and become one.

Infinite and boundless, it cannot be named. It belongs to where there are no beings. It may be called the shape of no-shape, It may be called the form of no-form. ... Know the eternal and forgive; Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag


  1. Kohn, Livia, ed. The Taoist Experience: An Anthology. State University of New York, 1993.
  2. See the LP concept Alignment