Tao Te Ching (List of All Chapters)

Here is the full list of all of my translations of Lao Tsu’s 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching. The dates published are listed after each verse since I started this at the beginning of the year and my plan is to complete all of the verses by the end of the year 2012. This should work for any calendar year if you want to follow the Tao Te Ching throughout the year. I welcome anyone to follow along with me and add your own translations of each verse in the comments for that verse! (Or, a link to your blog page that contains it!)

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(Please note: I created the titles for each chapter – those are not Lao Tzu’s titles.)

Skip to Chapters: 1-9 , 10-18, 19-27, 28-36, 37-45, 46-54, 55-63, 64-72, 73-81

1 – The Eternal Tao (1/1)  – Essay: Getting Out of Our Own Way     Tao Tuesday 1

2 – Duality (1/6) – Essay: The Biology of Duality   Tao Tuesday 2

3 – Equality (1/10) – Essay: Two Sides of a Coin   Tao Tuesday 3

4 – Empty Cup (1/15) – Essay: Life is Like a String    Tao Tuesday 4  

5 – Straw Dogs (1/19) – Essay: Long Walk with a Straw Dog    Tao Tuesday 5

6 – Valley of the Spirit (1/24) – Essay: The Lost Chapter     Tao Tuesday 6

7 – Universal Self (1/28) – Essay: How Marriage is Like the Moon   Tao Tuesdays 7

8 – Like Water (2/2) – Essay: Water is Vital    Tao Tuesdays 8

9 – Moderation (2/6) – Essay: Not Filling Your Cup    Tao Tuesdays 9
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10 -Can You? (2/11) – Essay: Polishing the Mirror   Tao Tuesdays 10

11 – Usefulness (2/15) – Essay: Empty Space – The Final Frontier  Tao Tuesdays 11

12 – Five Senses (2/20) – Essay: Are You Blind?   Tao Tuesdays 12

13 – Honor and Disgrace (2/24) – Essay: Want to Be Famous One Day?  Tao Tuesdays 13

14 – Facing the Faceless (2/29) – Essay: The Invisible Tao  Tao Tuesdays 14

15 – The True Masters (3/4)Essay: The Importance of Deliberate Attention  Tao Tuesdays 15

16 – Constancy (3/9) – Essay: The Pulsing of Consciousness Tao Tuesdays 16

17 – Leadership (3/13) – Essay: Great Leaders are Hardly Known  Tao Tuesdays 17

18 – Hypocrisy (3/18)Essay: Harmony is Absent When Preaching’s Involved Tao Tuesdays 18
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19 – Three Lessons (3/22) – Essay: The Pedestal of Holiness Tao Tuesdays 19

20 – The Lazy Sage (3/27) – Essay: It’s Not About Anyone Else  Tao Tuesdays 20

21 – The Virtuous Master (3/31) – Essay: A Kumbaya Moment  Tao Tuesdays 21

22 – Being the Opposite (4/5) – Essay: Be Your Whole Self Tao Tuesdays 22

23 – Following the Tao (4/9) – Essay: Devote Every Day to Virtue Tao Tuesdays 23

24 – Excess (4/14) – Essay: Faith Healing or Reiki – Similar Yet Different?  Tao Tuesdays 24

25 – The Beginning (4/18) – Essay: It’s All Perfect  Tao Tuesdays 25

26 – Mastering Serenity (4/23) – Essay: The Lightness of Being  Tao Tuesdays 26

27 – Big Lessons (4/27) – Essay: Learning Life’s Lessons  Tao Tuesdays 27
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28 – Uncarved Wood (5/2) – Essay: Conscious in Every Moment  Tao Tuesdays 28

29 – Rhythm (5/6) – Essay: A Time to Be Strong  Tao Tuesdays 29

30 – The Use of Force (5/11) – Essay: A Reflection of My Country in Myself  Tao Tuesdays 30

31 – Weapons of Mass Destruction (5/15) – Essay: The Art of Peace  Tao Tuesday 31

32 – The Road to Peace (5/20) – Essay: The Road to Peace is Paved with Stuff We Don’t Need  Tao Tuesdays 32

33 – Self-Mastery (5/24) – Essay: The Unnecessary Use of Force  Tao Tuesdays 33

34 – The Great Ocean of Tao (5/29) – Essay: I Claim No Credit for This  Tao Tuesdays 34

35 – The Tasteless & Invisible Tao (6/2) – Essay: The Habit of the Moon Tao Tuesdays 35

36 – The Wisdom of Obscurity (6/7) – Essay: Can You Quit the Drama? Tao Tuesday 36
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37 – Transformation (6/11) – Essay: The Uncarved Block of Your Potential Tao Tuesdays 37

38 – A Path to Character (6/16) – Essay: What Meaning Do We Have? Tao Tuesdays 38

39 – The Humility of Stone (6/20) – Essay: Nature – Our Best Teacher  Tao Tuesdays 39

40  – Return to Source (6/25) – Essay: Tao is the Movement Back to Source

41 – Perfection (6/29) – Essay: How Can a Square Have No Corners?

42 – My Greatest Teaching (7/4) – Essay: Choosing Our Energy

43 – The Powerful Act of Not Doing (7/8) – Essay: The Long Road to Simplicity

44 – A Choice to Make (7/13) Essay: The Ease of Contentment

45 – Be a Model for the Universe (7/17) – Essay: Great Debate, Little Words
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46 – The Habit of Contentment (7/22) – Essay: A Perfect Refinement of Being

47 – To Act Without Doing (7/26) – Essay: A Higher Level of Being

48 – Let the World Be (7/31) – Essay: This Moment is Perfect

49 – The Childlike Mind (8/4) – Essay: Loving the Fool Inside

50 – The One True Life (8/9) – Essay: Your Legacy to the World

51 – Our Secret Virtue (8/13) –  Essay: Your Job as a Human Being

52 – The Eternal Practice (8/18) – Essay: How to Be a Sage

53 – The Path of Diversions (8/22) – Essay: The Ever-Present Human Condition

54 – Cultivation (8/27) – Essay: Your Special Gift

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55 – The Energy of a Baby (8/31) – Essay: The Virtue of a Newborn Child

56 – The Highest State of Humankind (9/5) – Essay: Those Who Know, Do Not Speak

57 – The Key to Simplicity (9/9) – Essay: The Battle That is Lost Before It Begins

58 – The Sharp Sage (9/14) – Essay: The Opposite Within

59 – Virtuous Moderation (9/18) – Essay: Early Habits Build Strong Lives

60 – Returning to Oneness (9/23) – Essay: Tragedy and Redemption

61 – Great Nations Seek the Lower Ground (9/27) – Essay: The Low Position

62 – The Gift of Tao (10/2) – Essay: The Gift of Tao

63 – Preparing for Difficulties (10/6) – Essay: Little Steps for Success in 2013
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64 – A Journey of a Thousand Miles (10/11) – Essay: The Thousand Mile Journey

65 – The Great Harmony of Tao (10/15) – Essay: Secret Enlightenment

66 – The Great Sea (10/20) – Essay: The Power of Below

67 – The Three Treasures of the Spirit (10/24) – Essay: The Three Treasures of the Human Spirit

68- The Ancient Way of Perfection (10/29) – Essay: The Master Manager

69 – The Power of Compassion (11/2) – Essay: Advancing Without Moving a Step

70 – Practicing the Tao (11/8) – Essay: Most People Do Not Understand This

71 – The Key to Wellness (11/11) – Essay: The Highest Knowledge

 72 – Love Your Life (11/17) – Essay: The Dwelling Within

 

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73 – The Daring Risk (11/20) – Essay: Which Risks are Right?

74 – The Fear of Death (11/25) – Essay: Practicing Makes My Life Deeper

75 – The Heavy Burden of Life (11/29) – Essay: Don’t Take Death Too Lightly

76 – The Brittle May Fall (12/04) – Essay: The Tenderness of Youth

77 – Stretching the Bow (12/08) – Essay: The Drama Queen

78 – What Makes a Good Queen? (12/13) – Essay: Nothing is Softer Than Water

79 – The Path of Virtue (12/17) – Essay: Which Way to Go?

80 – Happy Neighbors (12/22) – Essay: The Stuff That Keeps Us Separated

81 – Words of Truth (12/26) – Essay: The Perfectly Imperfect

 

52 Comments

  1. Hi Amy,
    I’ve been reading one verse of the Tao each day for the past month, using your translation and another. It’s interesting to read and contemplate 2 different translations; it gives me more food for thought! I’ve really enjoyed your essays, too. Your contemplation often goes in a different direction than mine and again gives me more to think about.
    Today I’m on verse 34. When I click on the essay link, it takes me to the essay for verse 33. Thought you’d want to be made aware of that. I’m taking it as a sign that I’m not supposed to be influenced by someone else’s interpretation today, and pay more attention to my own!
    Thank you for this great blog!
    Catherine

    • Thanks so much for pointing that out, Catherine! I will fix it right away so that you can carry on. It reminds me that I need to get those essay links up to date too. I am on chapter 74 right now so a bit behind on adding the links to that page. 🙂

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  10. Hello Amy and thank you so so much for this work you have done.
    You have no idea how much you have helped me out.
    May all the blessings be with you, love and xoxo Millie.

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