Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wen Tzu - Verse 99

from Verse Ninety-Nine
Those who know what words mean do not speak with words.
~ Wen-tzu: Understanding the Mysteries ~
An interesting quote to feature on a blog that is all about words!!

Including this post, there have been 1,735 total posts on this blog over a five-year period with the majority posted within the past two years. That means you can find tens of thousands of words here -- both mine and those of countless others in the comments section. Add to this, thousands of sentences and hundreds of paragraphs!

For all the words thrown about, you won't find Tao here because the Way cannot be encapsulated in a blog or a book. All my blog represents is my attempt, in conjunction with many of yours, to be a few fingers pointing at the moon.

If you've arrived at this blog in the vain hope of discovering the Way, you're looking in the wrong place! It's not here nor will you find it on any other blog, website, book or video. It's not a something you can see, hear, or read about. If you try to find it through words, you will never find it.

This is not to suggest that it's not within your reach. It is, but you must look closer to home; inside yourself.

This post is part of a series. For an introduction, go here.


  1. Well "worded" RT.

    Words, and knowing, are what we use to describe the physical realm.
    Awareness, and not-knowing, are what we must use when we venture beyond the physical.

    The most difficult task, is to describe the interface between the two.

    Knowledge is similar to technique.
    In acquiring the technique needed to ride a bicycle, one struggles with what seems an impossible task.
    Suddenly, after enough damage has been taken, one suddenly breaks through the technique, into the realm of knowing-how.
    Once one knows how to ride a bicycle, one never again gives a thought to the technique.

  2. If you meet the Buddha along the way, smile and keep on keepin' on.

  3. I've probably said this before, but again, like Wittgenstein:

    "What we cannot speak about, we must pass over in silence."

  4. >"If you meet the Buddha along the way, smile and keep on keepin' on."

    If I were fortunate enough to meet the Buddha, I would make the most of it.
    Even if he were not the Buddha, I would accord him some respect.
    Why would I assume he was anything other than what he claimed to be?
    His words would speak for themselves.

    Those with no concept of what truth is, can not differentiate it from untruth.
    Truth meaning honesty.
    Untruth meaning dishonesty.

    This quote has been quoted, misquoted, and over quoted so much that it is a parody.
    Certainly it does not seem to be wisdom. It seems more like cynical sarcasm.

  5. The true is silence. So... everything else is just fake, our nth interpretations about true, or the 'way', or whatever word we invent.


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