Monday, August 17, 2015

Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo


Tao called Tao is not Tao.

Names can name no lasting name.

Nameless: the origins of heaven and earth.
Naming: the mother of ten thousand things.

Empty of desire; perceive mystery.
Filled with desire, perceive manifestations.

These have the same source, but different names.
            Call them both deep –
                        Deep and again deep:

The gateway to all mystery.