“To know Tao
And still the mind.
Knowledge comes with perseverance.
The Way is neither full nor empty;
A modest and quiet nature understands this.
The empty vessel, the uncarved block;
Nothing is more mysterious.
When enlightenment arrives
Don’t talk too much about it;
Just live it in your own way.
With humility and depth, rewards come naturally.
The fragrance of blossoms soon passes;
The ripeness of fruit is gone in a twinkling.
Our time in this world is so short,
Better to avoid regret;
Miss no opportunity to savor the ineffable.
Like a golden beacon signaling on a moonless night,
Tao guides our passage through this transitory realm.
In moments of darkness and pain
Remember all is cyclical.
Sit quietly behind your wooden door:
Spring will come again.”