Laozi Dao De Jing
老子 道德經

Laozi gilt als Begründer des Daoismus (Taoismus). Das Dàodéjing (Tao Te Ching), der einflussreichste daoistische Text, wird ihm zugeschrieben und daher oft auch einfach als "Laozi" bezeichnet. Der Text ist aber wahrscheinlich erst im 4. Jahrhundert v. Chr. entstanden beziehungsweise in seine heutige Form gebracht worden.

Laozi 1:


Zhuangzi 33. 5-6
Graham 281

5 天下:
To take the root (from which things spring) as the essential (part), and the things as its coarse (embodiment); to see deficiency in accumulation; and in the solitude of one's individuality to dwell with the spirit-like and intelligent –
such a course belonged to the Dao of antiquity, and it was appreciated by Guan Yin and Lao Dan. When they heard of such ways, they were delighted with them. They built their system on the assumption of an eternal non-existence, and made the ruling idea in it that of the Grand Unity. They made weakness and humility their mark of distinction, and considered that by empty vacuity no injury could be sustained, but all things be preserved in their substantiality.

曰:“受天下之垢。”人皆取實,己獨取虛,無藏也故有餘,巋然而 有餘。其行身也,徐而不費,無為也而笑巧。人皆求福,己獨曲全,
曰:“堅則毀矣,銳則拙矣。”常寬容於物,不削於 人,可謂至極。關尹、老聃乎!古之博大真人哉!

Lao Dan says, 'He knows his masculine power, but maintains his female weakness,-- becoming the channel into which all streams flow. He knows his white purity, but keeps his disgrace, becoming the valley of the world. Men all prefer to be first; he alone chooses to be last, saying, "I will receive the offscourings of the world." Men all choose fullness; he alone chooses emptiness. He does not store, and therefore he has a superabundance; he looks solitary, but has a multitude around him. In his conducting of himself he is easy and leisurely and wastes nothing. He does nothing, and laughs at the clever and ingenious. Men all seek for happiness, but he feels complete in his imperfect condition, and says, "Let me only escape blame." He regards what is deepest as his root, and what is most restrictive as his rule; and says, "The strong is broken; the sharp and pointed is blunted." He is always generous and forbearing with others, and does not encroach on any man - this may be pronounced the height (of perfection).' 0 Guan Yin, and Lao Dan, ye were among the greatest men of antiquity; True men indeed (真人)!


Laozi 1
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Laozi 3
Laozi 4

Laozi 11

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Laozi 23
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Laozi 51
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Laozi 64

Laozi 71

Laozi 80
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Daoism Concepts 1
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