Tao Te Ching, Chapter 1 BHT

An addition to the BHT, from the Tao Te Ching.

An addition to the Bryce Haymond Translation (BHT), from the first chapter of the Tao Te Ching, also known as “The Book of the Way and of Virtue.” It is a classic Chinese text attributed to the sage Laozi, written around 400 BC. (The photo above is ink on silk manuscript of the Tao Te Ching, 2nd century BC, unearthed from Mawangdui.)


The “Word” that can be spoken
is not the absolute Word.
Just like a name for a thing
is not the thing-in-itself.

As nameless, it is the
source of the Kosmos.
When named, it gives birth to
all things that are.

Free of sense perceptions
we realize these spiritual depths.
Trapped in the senses
we only see the surface forms.

These dualities are ultimately One
but manifest as different names.
As One we say they are a mystery
the Mystery of mysteries.

It is the door to all depths.


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2 thoughts on “Tao Te Ching, Chapter 1 BHT

  1. I recognize that we are very much on the same page, each with our unique insights and perspectives and would be glad to continue exchanging with you and see your website develop.

  2. I am most grateful ,Bryce, for your sharing your thought/interpretation/integration from the Tao Te Ching. The Hindus say “Netti, Netti” I am not this, I am not….. that in regards to themselves and the TAT (THE ONE) Tat Tuam Asi You are It and It is You. Both One and the Same…My favorite Hindu Upanishad 3000 years ago or so is: ” He who knows it doesn’t know it…He who doesn’t think he knows It…Knows It.” William James, the Father of American Psychology listed the characteristics of the Mystics; He says they have a HEURISTIC quality (never ending exploratory tone) and they all try to express the INEFFABLE… the Divine.

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