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  • According to the Tao-te ching, the Tao is the pre-existing, ultimate and ineffable unity that gives rise to everything yet does not act. The te (power or virtue) of the Tao is the individual nature imparted by the Tao to each thing that manifests in the phenomenal world. Simplicity (wu), emptiness (p’u) and non-action (wu-wei) are required to become one with the Tao. Lao-tzu summed up his teachings in the following way:

    ‘I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.’

  • Look, it cannot be seen – it is beyond form.
    Listen, it cannot be heard – it is beyond sound.
    Grasp, it cannot be held – it is intangible.

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