Chapter 5

Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing)
Classic of the Way and Virtue



By Lao Tzu (Laozi)


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Chapter 5

Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing) by Lao Tzu

 

 

English and Chinese (Wade-Giles) Terms:  The Value of Emptiness, Impartiality, Straw Dogs (ch'u kou), Blacksmith, Bellows, Less Talking, Doing Nothing, Don't Gossip, Heaven (t'ien), Earth (ti), Goodness, Full, Keep To or Hold (shou), Empty, Expanded, Leads To or Brings About (shu), Contracted, Sack or Bag (t'o), Preserve the Inner, Quietness, Calmness, Indifferent, Heart, Sage or Holy Person (shêng jên), Inner Essence, Families (hsing), Human or Human Kindness or Benevolence (jên), Inhumane, Neutral, Words or Speech (yen), Good and Evil, Power, Acting or Making (wei), Watch Within, Ten Thousand Things (wan wu), Stay Centered, Center or Middle or Core (chung), The End or The Limit or Finished (ch'iung), The Uses of Emptiness, Empty or Vacant or Hollow (hsü),  虛用     
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"Heaven and earth are not Good
They treat the thousands of things like straw dogs.
The Wise Person is not Good
He treats the hundred clans like straw dogs.
The space between heaven and earth
Isn't like a bellows?
Empty, by not shriveled up,
Set it in motion and always more comes out.
Much talking, quickly exhausted. 
It can't compare to watching over what is inside."  
-  Translated by Michael LaFargue, 1992, Chapter 5   

 

 

"Heaven and Earth are not humane.
They regard all things a straw dogs.
The sage is not humane.
He regards all people as straw dogs.
How Heaven and Earth are like a bellows.
While vacuous, it is never exhausted.
When active, it produces even more.
Much talk will of course come to a dead end.
It is better to keep to the centre."
-  Translated by Chan Wing-Tsit, 1963, Chapter 5  

 

 

 

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"Heaven and earth do not act from any wish to be benevolent;
They deal with all things as the dogs of grass are dealt with.
The sages do not act from any wish to be benevolent;
The deal with the people as the dogs of grass are dealt with.
May not the space between heaven and earth be compared to a bellows?
'Tis emptied, yet it loses not its power;
'Tis moved again, and sends forth air the more.
Much speech to swift exhaustion lead we see;
Your inner being guard, and keep it free."
-  Translated by James Legge, 1891, Chapter 5

 

 

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"Heaven and earth are impartial, they regard all creatures as sacred.
The self-controlled man is impartial, he regards all people as sacred.
The space between Heaven and Earth is like a bellows.
Emptied, it loses not power,
Moved, it sends forth more and more wind.
Many words lead to exhaustion.
Be not thus; keep to thy center."
-  Translated by Isabella Mears, 1916, Chapter 5    

 

 

 

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The Tao of Daily Life: The Mysteries of the Orient Revealed   By Derek Lin
Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony    By Ming-Dao Deng. 
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"Heaven and earth are not like humans, they are impartial.
They regard all things as insignificant, as though they were playthings made of straw.
The wise man is also impartial.
To him all men are alike and unimportant.
The space between heaven and earth is like a bellows,
It is empty but does not collapse,
It moves and more and more issues.
A gossip is soon empty, it is doubtful if he can be impartial."
-  Translated by Dwight Goddard and Henri Borel, 1919, Chapter 5     

 

 

天地不仁, 以萬物為芻狗.
聖人不仁, 以百姓為芻狗. 
天地之間, 其猶橐籥乎.
虛而不屈.
動而愈出. 
多言數窮.
不如守中. 
-  Chinese characters, Chapter 5, Tao Te Ching

 

 

t'ien ti pu jên, yi wan wu wei ch'u kou. 
shêng jên pu jên, yi pai hsing wei ch'u kou.
t'ien ti chih chien, ch'i yu t'o yo hu. 
hsü erh pu ch'u.
tung erh yü ch'u.
to yen shu ch'iung.
pu ju shou chung.
-  Wade-Giles Romanization, Chapter 5, Tao Te Ching

 


Audio Version in Chinese of Chapter 5 of the Tao Te Ching

 


tian di bu ren, yi wan wu wei chu gou.
sheng ren bu ren, yi bai xing wei chu gou.
tian di zhi jian, qi you tuo yue hu.
xu er bu qu.
dong er yu chu.
duo yan shu qiong.
bu ru shou zhong.
-  Pinyin Romanization, Chapter 5, Daodejing

 

 

 

 

 

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"Nature is not humane.
It treats all things like sacrificial objects.
The wise are not humane.
They regard people like sacrificial objects.
How the universe is like a bellows!
While empty, it is never exhausted.
The more it is worked, the more it produces.
Much talk brings exhaustion.
It is better to keep to the center."
-  Translated by Beck Sanderson, 1996, Chapter 5 

 

 

 

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Dao De Jing: A Philosophical Translation  By Roger T. Ames and David T. Hall
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"Heaven and Earth are impartial;
They see the ten thousand things as straw dogs.
The wise are impartial;
They see the people as straw dogs.
The space between heaven and Earth is like a bellows.
The shape changes but not the form;
The more it moves, the more it yields.
More words count less.
Hold fast to the center."
-  Translated by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English, 1989, Chapter 5  

 

 

"Nature is unkind:
It treats the creation like sacrificial straw-dogs.
The Sage is unkind:
He treats the people like sacrificial straw-dogs.

How the universe is like a bellows!
Empty, yet it gives a supply that never fails;
The more it is worked, the more it brings forth.

By many words is wit exhausted.
Rather, therefore, hold to the core."
-  Translated by Lin Yutang, 1955, Chapter 5

 

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"Heaven and Earth are ruthless;
To them the Ten Thousand things are but as straw dogs.
The Sage too is ruthless;
To him the people are but as straw dogs.
Yet Heaven and Earth and all that lies between
Is like a bellows
In that it is empty, but gives a supply that never fails.
Work it, and more comes out.
Whereas the force of words is soon spent.
Far better is it to keep what is in the heart."
-  Translated by Arthur Waley, 1934, Chapter 5 

 

 

"But for heaven and earth’s humaneness, the ten thousand things are straw dogs.
But for the holy man’s humaneness, the hundred families are straw dogs.
Is not the space between heaven and earth like unto a bellows?
It is empty; yet it collapses not.
It moves, and more and more comes forth.
But, how soon exhausted is
A gossip’s fulsome talk!
And should we not prefer
On the middle path to walk?”
-  Translated by D. T. Suzuki, 1913, Chapter 5 

 

 

 

 

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"Nature is non-benevolent.
It regards the masses as straw dogs.
The Holy Man is non-benevolent.
He regards the masses as straw dogs.
The space between the heaven and the earth is like a bellows;
though unsupported, it does not warp; when in motion the more it expels.
Though words could exhaust this theme, they would not be so profitable
As the preservation of its inner essence."
-  Translated by C. Spurgeon Medhurst, 1905, Chapter 5

 

 

"Heaven and Earth do not claim to be kindhearted or pitiful.
To them all things and all creatures are as straw dogs brought to the sacrifice and afterwards discarded.
Nor is the Sage kindhearted or pitiful.
To him to the people are as straw dogs.
But the space between Heaven and Earth may be likened to a bellows:
It seems empty, and yet it gives all that is required of it.
The more it is worked, the more it yields.
Whereas the force puffed up by words is soon exhausted.
Better to hold fast to that which dwells within the heart."
-  Translated by Herman Ould, 1946, Chapter 5 

 

 

 

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"Nature, immune as to a sacrifice of straw dogs,
Faces the decay of its fruits.
A sound man, immune as to a sacrifice of straw dogs,
Faces the passing of human generations.
The universe, like a bellows,
Is always emptying, always full:
The more it yields, the more it holds.
Men came to their wit's end arguing about it
And had better meet it at the marrow."
-  Translated by Witter Bynner, 1944, Chapter 5

 

 

"Heaven and earth are inhumane;
they view the myriad creatures as straw dogs.
The sage is inhumane;
he views the common people as straw dogs.
The space between heaven and earth, how like a bellows it is!
Empty but never exhausted,
The more it pumps, the more comes out.
Hearing too much leads to utter exhaustion;
Better to remain in the center."
-  Translated by Victor H. Mair, 1990, Chapter 5 

 

 

 

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"Heaven and earth do not own their benevolence;
To them all things are straw dogs.
The Sage does not own his benevolence;
To him the people are straw dogs.

The space between heaven and earth is like a blacksmith's bellows.
Hollow as it seems, nothing is lacking.
If it is moved, more will it bring forth

He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
It is better to keep what is within himself."
-  Translated by Ch'u Ta-Kao, 1904, Chapter 5 

 

 

"Heaven and Earth are impartial;
they treat all of creation as straw dogs.
The Master doesn't take sides;
she treats everyone like a straw dog.

The space between Heaven and Earth is like a bellows;
it is empty, yet has not lost its power.
The more it is used, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you comprehend.

It is better not to speak of things you do not understand."
-  Translated by John H. McDonald, 1996, Chapter 5  

 

 

 

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The Lunar Tao: Meditations in Harmony with the Seasons   By Deng Ming-Dao

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"The ways which heaven and earth pursue are not benevolent,

They treat the myriad things as sacrificial dogs of grass,

And so the sages, comprehending nature's argument,

Regard the hundred families, too, as grass-dogs when they pass.

Heaven and earth a bellows are, which emptied from its strain

Collapses not, but moved again produces more and more,

But men who talk and talk exhaust themselves, and talk in vain,

And all unlikely are to keep the middle path secure."
-  Translated by Isaac Winter Heysinger, 1903, Chapter 5

 

 

"Neither Heaven nor Earth has any predilections; they regard all persons and things as sacrificial images.
The wise man knows no distinctions; he beholds all men as things made for holy uses.
The celestial space is like unto bellows though containing nothing that is solid, it does not at any time collapse; and the more it is set in motion, the more does it produce.
The inflated man, however, is soon exhausted.
Than self-restraint there is nothing better."
-  Translated by Walter Gorn Old, 1904, Chapter 5 

 

 

 

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"El Universo es imparcial:
ve a las diez mil cosas como imitaciones.
El sabio es imparcial:
ve a la gente como simulaciones.
El universo es como un fuelle,
vacío, pero nunca agotado.
Cuanto más se mueve,
más produce.
De igual modo, Cuanto más cosas ambiciamos,
más pobres nos hacemos;
es mejor buscar el conocimiento interno."
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Chapter 5 in the Rambling Taoist Commentaries by Trey Smith.  The Rambling Taoists are Trey Smith and Scott Bradley. 


The Philosophy of the Daodejing  By Hans-Georg Moeller.  Columbia University Press, 2006, 176 pages.  


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Tao Te Ching English Translations from Terebess Asia Online.  Over 30 translations. 


Lao-tzu's Taoteching
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Chapter 5, Line by Line Comparisons of 27 Translations of the Tao Te Ching Compiled by the St. Xenophon Wayist Seminary 


Dao De Jing: A Philosophical Translation  By Roger T. Ames and David T. Hall.  Ballantine, 2003, 256 pages. 


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Lao Tzu: Te-Tao Ching - A New Translation Based on the Recently Discovered Ma-wang-tui Texts (Classics of Ancient China) Translated with and introduction and detailed exposition and commentary by Professor Robert G. Henricks.  New York, Ballantine Books, 1992.  Includes Chinese characters for each chapter.  Bibliography, detailed notes, 282 pages. 


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Cloud Hands Blog   Mike Garofalo writes about Taoism, Gardening, Taijiquan, Walking, Mysticism, Qigong, and the Eight Ways.


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The Tao and Method: A Reasoned Approach to the Tao Te Ching.  By Michael Lafargue.  New York, SUNY Press, 1994.  640 pages.  Detailed index, bibliography, notes, and tables.  An essential research tool. 


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Tao Te Ching
 Chapter Number Index


Standard Traditional Chapter Arrangement of the Daodejing
Chapter Order in Wang Bi's Daodejing Commentary in 246 CE
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Index
 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80
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