"Dao can be dao-ed; it is not a chang dao."

— Steve Coutinho's rendering of the first line of the Laozi (or Dao De-Jing/Tao Te Ching), "as sparsely and literally as possible." You've probably seen it translated something like, "The Tao that can be described is not the true Tao; the spoken name is not its true name." The 2nd "Dao," Coutinho adds, is generally understood as "be spoken," and "chang" as "eternal." From An Introduction to Daoist Philosophers.


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