Each spring we have a chance to share in a small poem offered up by members of the congregation. OK, for those of you who are new to us, you may not appreciate a small poem, but Sunday's like this allow us a chance to offer up a small bit for us to know about the others. Usually is is a small offering. Sometimes quite powerful, sometimes not.
For example, one person offered up Lao Tzu's chapter 42 of the Tao Te Ching. It is short but after discussing it, the meaning may not be so clear. There were other poems offered up as well. Come join us.
Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu - chapter 42
The Tao begot one.
One begot two.
Two begot three.
And three begot the ten thousand things.
The ten thousand things carry yin and embrace yang.
They achieve harmony by combining these forces.
Men hate to be "orphaned," "widowed," or "worthless,"
But this is how kings and lords describe themselves.
For one gains by losing
And loses by gaining.
What others teach, I also teach; that is:
"A violent man will die a violent death!"
This will be the essence of my teaching.
(translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)