Monday, March 22, 2010

Sight & Sound - Tao Te Ching, Part I

Last week I went to our local Barnes & Noble bookstore with a $25 gift card I'd been given for my birthday. One of the places I always visit in a bookstore is the Religion and Spirituality section to see if there's a new translation of some world scripture out that I might be interested in. And in this case I was in luck; something I'd been hearing about for years was right there on the shelf saying "Buy me! Buy me!" It's Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching - An English Version by Ursula K. LeGuin. This isn't an actual translation by Ms. LeGuin, but her own interpretation/paraphrase based on several English translations. I'm a huge fan of her books, and her interest in the Tao Te Ching is often evident in her writing, so this was a great find. But what's even cooler is that the book comes with two CDs of Ms. LeGuin reading the Tao Te Ching with background music by Todd Barton, who wrote and performed the music used in her book Always Coming Home. This is great stuff, and I just have to share it with you, illustrated with some of my own photographs. This is Part I; Part II comes tomorrow. Enjoy!

#40 - By No Means

#11 - The Uses of Not

#23 - Nothing and Not

Photos & text © 2010 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. That storm picture--so awesome!

    I love nature photography more than anything, and the rock barrier and the cloud seem to reflect each other. Very cool.

  2. It is so cool you found something so perfect to buy with your birthday gift. Don't you love it when that happens?

  3. Very Chi Roy! Where the wheel isn't, is where it's useful . . obvious I would have thought :) Ha! I do agree that if Heaven and Earth don't go 'on and on' , people don't need to! So true and I wish they wouldn't.

  4. I can see I've missed quite a bit...! Nice selection(s) sir :)

  5. I'll be back when I have time to listen...