The Heart of the Matter
December 18, 2009
Lao Tzu On the Ancient Masters


"The ancient masters were subtle,
mysterious, profound, responsive.
The depth of their knowledge
is unfathomable.
Because it is unfathomable,
All we can do is describe their appearance.
like men crossing a winter stream.
Alert, like men aware of danger.
Courteous, like visiting guests.
Yielding, like ice just about to melt.
like uncarved blocks of wood.
Hollow, like caves,
Opaque like muddy pools.

Who can wait quietly while the mud settles?
Who can remain still until the moment of action?
Observers of the Tao do not seek fulfillment.
Not seeking fulfillment, they are not swayed by desire for change.

Tao Teh Ching

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at December 18, 2009 01:50 AM


I have just come upon your website and would like to comment on the poem - There is no door

How beautifully you have captured that incredible feeling and the truth - there are no barriers to me, only the ones that I place upon myself.

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