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Is the Dao a thing or an action?

Studying the Dao as a Westerner, I am constantly perplexed by the ineffability of the Dao. It always strikes me as though I should be able to attach properties to a noun, even if that property is ...
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How does the Taoist concept of Tao relate to the flow of time?

The Tao is ineffable and nameless, but we oft name examples. In my exploration of the term I find all of the examples have a "flow of time" element to them (at least when translated into ...
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Could the Tao be understood as the haecceity of the world?

The Tao-te Ching begins by saying that: The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal and unchanging name. Yet this ineffable ...
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Pu, or the uncarved block, in the book of Tao

I recall, that when I read the book of Tao as a teen, there was one verse/chapter which really stuck with me. It went something like this: If you have an ucarved block and you carve it into a spoon, ...
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Did Heraclitus say this?

In Hyperion, Holderlin has his protagonist say: "The great, saying, the one differentiated in itself, of Heraclitus, could only be found by a Greek, for it is the very thing of Beauty and before ...