Study Guide

Tao Te Ching Chapter 11

By Lao Tzu

Chapter 11

  • Okay, this one's all about the awesomeness of emptiness.
  • Don't think emptiness is awesome?
  • Well, the TTC has some things for you to consider...
  • How about how the hub of a wagon wheel has to have holes in it for the spokes to fit into?
  • Without those empty holes, the wheel wouldn't work.
  • How about the fact that a container can't contain anything without the emptiness inside of it?
  • The same thing goes for rooms; without emptiness, rooms don't exist.
  • And then there's doors and windows... awesome things. Awesome empty things.
  • Yup: emptiness is totally and completely necessary for the function of a whole lot of things.

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