A Blog for the Modern Taoist.



The Way

Tao (Dao) means the Way.

I hear these words the Way 

I think “To where?”

In modern life

the word Way might make us feel that we must be heading toward something

the word Way might indicate a path that leads to somewhere different than where we are

but the Way is not the path to a destination, the path itself is the destination

it is your life path

a destination of sustained continuity,

a balance between intention and easiness.

There is no one destination, just the natural direction in which your life moves.


Should we speak of our life span as the goal and the ending of our way? No, we are the Way, and the Way is us, and the Way continues unendingly.  We too go on forever — if we are not stunted by the smallness of our own thinking.

– From The Lunar Tao by Deng Ming Dao, Moon 2, Day 22, “The Way”



The Magic of Morning

In order to really know a city

You have to watch a city wake up

You have to see her empty streets

Watch the people behind the scenes

Watch the pulse slowly start to get faster

Hear the birds singing their morning songs

And the church bells ringing


Watch them

They who deliver the food

They who manicure the gardens

They who sweep the streets

They are the ones that bring the city alive

Seeing a city in the early morning is like being in a different place

And that small window between when everything is still asleep

and suddenly everything is awake …

There is magic in that in-between.

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