Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Tao of Emptiness

Thirty spokes together make a
wheel for a cart.
It is the empty space in the center of the
wheel which enables it to be used.
Mold clay into a vessel.
It is the emptiness within that creates
the usefulness of the vessel.
Cut out doors and windows in a house.
It it the empty space inside which creates
the usefulness of the house.
Thus, what we have may be something 
But its usefulness lies in its emptiness.

From the Tao Teh Ching, verse 11, by Lao Tzu
(Translation by Master Ni Hua-Ching, The Complete Works of Lao Tzu)


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