Tao Te Ching: Part 1

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) by Laozi, trans. James Legge
Part 2

The Book of Do

The first part of theDodj?ng,the Book of Do addresses the idea of the Way (Do). The Way of theDodj?ngrefers to an intangible essence of the universe, described through poetic allusion and paradoxes. Beginning with a challenging and poetic puzzle for reader and translator alike1the book leads readers into its envisioned mysteries of the universe.


1.Do k? do f?ichng Do (???,???), roughly "The Way that can be told/followed is not the Way." Aside from the paradox, there is an additional pun; the phrase used for "be told/followed" isalsothe wordDo.So, in a sense, the Way that is the Way is not the Way. Word puzzles like this fill the text, and encourage readers to try and resolve the contradictions.