Tao is like a circle

tao is like a circle

Tao is like a circle. It has no beginning. It has no ending. Beginning is ending, and ending is beginning.

The world does not progress from one point to another as if a straight line.

A cycle of year is more than a progression from the spring to the winter.  The winter is a point that gives birth to spring so ending is beginning.

Neither is life a progress from birth towards death.  Beginning is where the ending dies, and ending is where a new birth begins.

Tao is like a circle, so ending is not a bad thing.


Return is the movement of the Tao.
Yielding is the way of the Tao.

All things are born of being.
Being is born of non-being.

Translated by Stephen Mitchell

Thanks to Alex Johnston for the picture.

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