The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.
Nothing in the world
is as soft and yielding as water.
Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,
nothing can surpass it.
The soft overcomes the hard;
the gentle overcomes the rigid.
Everyone knows this is true,
but few can put it into practice.
Therefore the Master remains
serene in the midst of sorrow.
Evil cannot enter his heart.
Because he has given up helping,
he is people’s greatest help.
True words seem paradoxical.
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching : Translation, Stephen Mitchell
Wing Chun and the Tao Te Ching are inextricably entwined.
Wing Chun’s principles are in accordance with the Way.
Wong Shun Leung referred to it constantly in his teachings. Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do and his most famous interviews are stuffed with quotations.
I feel like I barely have one toe in the water of the Tao.