Crow With No Mouth


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Hi everyone,


I joined because I recently started making my own interpretation/translation of Tao Te Ching in order to understand it better and to better integrate it's lessons. For a long time it has been the text that speaks to me most directly. It's pure genius. I'm only doing this as a fun project and am not planning on releasing it or anything, but I was still hoping I might get some criticism from others here and hear some other peoples views too. I'm sure I'll miss or misinterpret somethings before I'm done, so criticism is gladly listened to and might just give me new insights. Especially since I don't know chinese and am using Jonathan Star's Verbatim translation + getting inspiration from all the different translations I can find.


As for me I've tried many different meditational practices(not sure if that really covers everything but...) and use whatever works on the way. Nowadays it's dominantly self-inquiry.


Here's a poem by one of my favorite Zen masters Ikkuy Sojun that was the inspiration for my user name.


Hearing a crow with no mouth
Cry in the deep
Darkness of the night,
I feel a longing for
My father before he was born.

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Hello and welcome to the forum. Glad to have you as a member. You will find advice a plenty here regarding translations of the Tao Te Ching and they will all differ. I wish you well in your endeavour.


Please take the time to read the two posts pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum terms and rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started.


For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day.


Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you,


Chang and the TTB team


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