Chapter One


The Tao that can be spoken of is not the ceaseless Tao

The name that befalls a name is not the ceaseless name

Not-named is the origin of heaven and earth

Named is the beginning of the Ten Thousand Things

Empty of longing, observe the essence

Full of longing, observe the manifestations

Both emerge together, but fluctuate in name

One in the same, a unified mystery

Profound Mystery, the gateway to all that is hidden

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