The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

If you overesteem great men, people become powerless.
If you overvalue possessions, people begin to steal.
The Master leadsby emptying people’s minds
and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambitionand toughening their resolve.
He helps people lose everything they know,
everything they desire, and creates confusion
in those who think that they know.
Practice not-doing,
and everything will fall into place.

The Tao is like a well: used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.
It is hidden but always present.
I don’t know who gave birth to it.
It is older than God.

Happy Sunday.

Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Musician Within | Kenny Werner

For the record, I’ve never heard of Kenny Werner before, but I really enjoy and respect his take on things. I particularly love how ill-fitting his pants and sport coat are. And he couldn’t care less. That’s panache.

I just got to the part where the “singer” joins him. I cannot watch a singer who sings with his/her eyes closed. They are watching a movie we cannot see and they have cut off their connection with the audience. Once she shows up, feel free to skip ahead to 45:54.