Daily Tao #1

If you can talk about it,

it ain’t Tao.

If it has a name,

it’s just another thing.

 

Tao doesn’t have a name.

Names are for ordinary things.

 

Stop wanting stuff;

it keeps you from seeing what’s real.

When you want stuff,

all you see are things.

 

Those two sentences

mean the same thing.

Figure them out,

and you’ve got it made.

 

Translation by Ron Hogan.