Beauty and ugliness have one origin
Name beauty and ugliness is
Recognizing virtue recognizes evil .

Is and is not produce one another
The difficult is born in the easy
Long is defined by the short ,the high by the low.
Instrument and voice achieve one harmony
Before and after have places

That is why a sage can act with out effort
and teach with out words
Nurture things with out possessing them
and accomplish things with out expecting merit

Only one who makes no attempt to possess it
can not lose it.

LAOTZU -4TH CENTURY B.C.

THE POETRY OF ZEN TRANSLATED AND EDITED BY
SAM HAMILL AND J.P SEATON.

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