the bright path seems dim

taiji practice place, beijing china
Steps leading to the practice place in Bejing. China

The bright path seems dim;
Going forward seems like retreat;

The easy way seems hard;
The highest Virtue seems empty;

Great purity seems sullied;
A wealth of Virtue seems inadequate;

The strength of Virtue seems frail;
Real Virtue seems unreal;

The perfect square has no corners;
Great talents ripen late;

The highest notes are hard to hear;
The greatest form has no shape.

The Tao is hidden and without name.
The Tao alone nourishes and brings everything to fulfillment.

tao te ching

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