Zen – Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching –

Name or body, which is dearer? 

Body or wealth, which is worth more?

Gain or lose, which is more harmful?

Extreme love incurs a great cost.  

Vast treasures conclude in heavy loss.

Know sufficiency. It’s beyond shame.  

Know when to stop, avoiding peril

Tha’s how to live long. 

About Gas

Hi, I am a wood-fire potter, living and working in the Japanese tradition in Tring, Hertfordshire (UK). Following mediaeval potter's wisdom, I design and build simple wood-fired kilns called 'anagama' for long period of firing and 'raku-gama' for quick (glazed tea bowl) firing. My anagama firing usually takes 9 - 10 days.
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4 Responses to Zen – Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching –

  1. Armelle says:

    ……….surrender and you will hold the world in your hand…………..

    • Gas says:

      Here’s another Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching for you, Armelle:

      Trying to take the world in hand?
      I see you cannot hold it long.

      Everything under heaven is a sacred vessel and cannot be controlled.
      Trying to control leads to ruin.
      Trying to grasp, we lose.

      Some move forward, some follow.
      Some sigh, some draw a deep breath.
      Some grow stronger, some weaken.
      some destroy and some are destroyed.

      The sage rejects extremes,
      shuns extravagance,
      avoids arrogant pride.

  2. Gas says:

    Alas!! I don’t feel like I am over 2500 years old.

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