Valley Road T'ai Chi
dedicated to Cheng Man-Ching's short form of the Yang T'ai Chi

76. When people are born, they are tender and supple. At death they are stiff and hard. All things, like plants and trees, are tender and pliant while alive. At death they are dried and withered. Therefore the stiff and hard are companions of death. The tender and supple are companions of life. Thus strong arms do not win. A stiff tree will break. The hard and strong will fall. The tender and supple will rise.

28. Know the Yang and keep to the Yin. Become the valley of the world. Being the valley of the world is faultless and returning to the original state of innocence.


by Lao-zi English version by Sanderson Beck, paraphrased LDC


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