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Tao Te Ching: The Book Of The Way by Lao Tzu - Book Note

Patrick Ralph

Tao Te Ching: The Book Of The Way by Lao Tzu - Book Note

My score: 10/10 This book is over two thousand years old and can be considered one of the classics of the spiritual texts. It contains 81 meditations on the nature of the Tao.

Simple yet profound. These observations on life can serve for a starting point for your daily meditations.

My favourite quote: "“Who can (make) the muddy water (clear)? Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear. Who can secure the condition of rest? Let movement go on, and the condition of rest will gradually arise.”

My favourite page: 43 Stillness And Silence

The soft overcomes the hard

The flexible conquers the stiff

The ethereal penetrates the solid.

This is why there is great advantage

in stillness and silence

over movement and speaking

But few ever obtain the advantage,

for few practice stillness and silence

The Tao is found where it is least expected ...., not in doing but in "not-doing".

The Meditations

01 What Is The Tao? 02 Opposites 03 Restraint 04 The Eternal Tao 05 Impartiality 06 The Source 07 Humility 08 Goodness 09 Prudence 10 Lead Without Force 11 Immateriality 12 Seek The Spirit 13 Avoid Extremes 14 The Mysterious Tao 15 Ancient Masters 16 Know Eternity 17 Invisible Leaders 18 Hypocrisy 19 False And True Religion 20 Common People 21 The Heart Of The Tao 22 Redemption 23 Peace 24 Self-Assertion 25 The Mother Of All 26 Self-Mastery 27 Hidden Values 28 Know Yourself 29 Power 30 Firm But Not Forceful 31 Avoid War 32 Where To Stop 33 Immortality 34 True Greatness 35 Seek The Tao 36 Persuasion 37 Stop Striving 38 True Virtue 39 Unity 40 Non Existence 41 Students 42 Yin And Yang 43 Stillness And Silence 44 True Freedom 45 Perfectionism 46 Contentment 47 Explore Within 48 Cleverness 49 Universality 50 Vulnerable 51 Profound Virtue 52 The Tao's Light 53 The Plain Way 54 A Model For Others 55 Become Childlike 56 Those Who Talk Do Not Know 57 Good Government 58 Simple And Square 59 Life Without Limits 60 Fearless 61 Submission 62 The Saving Tao 63 Small Beginnings 64 Attend To The End 65 Profound Simplicity 66 Lead From Below 67 Compassion 68 Bring Out The Best 69 Know Your Weakness 70 Hidden Treasures 71 Not Knowing 72 Room To Breathe 73 Courage And Caution 74 Sharp Tools 75 Oppression 76 Stay Flexible 77 The Use Of Wealth 78 Paradoxical Truths 79 Avoid Lawsuits 80 Happy At Home 81 True Words