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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 47
translated by Stephen Mitchell (1988)

Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.
Without looking out your window,
you can see the essence of the Tao. [*]

The more you know
the less you understand. [**]

The Master arrives without leaving,
sees the light without looking,
achieves without doing a thing.

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[*] WITTER BYNNER [translator, 1944] says:
"There is no need to run outside for better seeing,
nor to peer from a window. Rather abide at the
center of your being; for the more you leave it
the less you learn. Search your heart and see...
the way to do is to be."
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[**] EMILY DICKINSON says:
"By intuition, mighty things assert themselves — and
not by terms — 'I'm Midnight' — need the midnight
say — 'I'm Sunrise' — need the majesty? [...]
'How shall you know'? Consult your eye!"


Tao Te Ching: Chapter 47
translated by Ursula K. Le Guin (1998)

You don't have to go out the door
to know what goes on in the world.
You don't have to look out the window
to see the way of heaven.
The farther you go
the less you know.

So the wise soul
doesn't go, but knows;
doesn't look, but sees;
doesn't do, but gets it done. [*]

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[*] URSULA K. LE GUIN comments:
"We tend to expect great things from 'seeing the world' and 'getting experience.' A Roman poet remarked that travelers change their sky but not their soul. Other poets, untraveled and inexperienced, Emily Brontë and Emily Dickinson, prove Lao Tzu's point: it's the inner eye that really sees the world."

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[*] EMILY DICKINSON says:
"Home and roam in one."

Chinese Character for Distant, Yuan
DISTANT = RECEDING (遠= Yuan)
Pictograph = Movement + Long Robes
"The farther you go, the less you know."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 47
translated by Holly Roberts (2005)

Not venturing out-of-doors, one may know the world,
Not looking out one's window, one may know the Tao of Heaven.
Those who journey furthest, often know least.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) it (2) happens (3) the farther away (4) the more receding
(5) [so] it is (6) knowledge (7) farther away (8) comes up short

The sage
knows without traveling,
recognizes without seeing,
achieves without doing.

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Chinese Character for See, Jian
SEE = VIEW (見= Jian)
Pictograph = Eye above a Standing Person
"Understands without seeing,
achieves without doing."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 47
Agnieszka Solska (2008)

You don't need to step through your door
To know the whole world
You don't need to look from the window
To see the way of heaven.
The farther you go, the less you know.
Thus the sage knows without traveling
Understands without seeing,
Achieves without doing.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 47
translated by Charles Muller (1997)

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT  vspace=
(1) without (2) going out (3) the door (4) can know (5) heaven (6) below

Without going out the door, knowing everything,
Without peaking out the windowshades, seeing the Way of Heaven. [*]

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 47b
(1) without (2) peeking through (3) the lattice (4) you see (5) the heavenly (6) tao

The further you go, the less you know.

The sage understands without having to go through the whole process.
She is famous without showing herself.
Is perfected without striving.

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[*] SAPPHO says: "With what eyes?"

Daodejing / Tao Te Ching / Chapter Forty-Seven in Seal Script
(Zhuanshu 篆文, with Wang Pi / Wang Bi Version)
Chapter 47 Seal Script & Interlinear English
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) without (2) going out (3) the door (4) can know (5) heaven (6) below
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 47b
(1) without (2) peeking through (3) the lattice (4) you see (5) the heavenly (6) tao
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) it (2) happens (3) the farther away (4) the more distant
(5) [so] it is (6) knowledge (7) farther away (8) comes up short

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) yes (2) thusly (3) sagely (4) people
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 47fgh
(1) not (2) traveling (3) yet (4) knowing
(5) not (6) seeing (7) and yet (8) clarifying
(9) not (10) acting (11) yet (12) accomplishment

 
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 47
translated by Kari Hohne (2009)

Without going out the door, one can see the whole world.

Without looking out the window, one can see the way of Tao.

The further one goes,
the less one knows.

Therefore the sage
knows without going,
Understands without looking
and accomplishes without taking action.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 47
translated by J. H. McDonald (1996)

Without opening your door,
you can know the whole world.
Without looking out your window,
you can understand the way of the Tao. [*]

The more knowledge you seek,
the less you will understand.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 47fgh
(1) not (2) traveling (3) yet (4) can knowing
(5) not (6) seeing (7) and yet (8) clarifying
(9) not (10) acting (11) yet (12) accomplishment

The Master understands without leaving,
sees clearly without looking,
accomplishes much without doing anything.

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[*] ZEN MASTER DOGEN (GYOJI I) says:
"You should quietly engage in the sustained practice
of 'not leaving the monastery.' You should learn to
treasure each moment of sustained practice. Do not
assume to not speak is useless. It is entering the
monastery, leaving the monastery. The bird's path
is the forest. The entire world is the forest,
the monastery."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 47
translated by Edmund Ryden (2008)

Go not out the door, know all under heaven;
Peep not out the window: see the way of heaven.
The further away you go the less you know.

For this reason,
The Sage
      walks not, yet knows,
      sees not, yet names;
      acts not on things, yet they are completed.

Chinese Character for And, Yet, Er
AND, YET (而= Er)
Pictograph of a beard
(as additional)
"Sees not, yet names."

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 47
translated by Herrymon Mauer (1985)

Without going out of the door
You can know beneath-heaven.
Without looking out of the window
You can see heaven's way.
The farther you go,
The less you know.

Thus the sage
Knows without walking,
Sees without looking,
And does without doing.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 47
translated by Chao-Hsiu Chen (2004)

Without going outside
      one can know the whole world.
Without looking out of the window
      one can see the Tao of Heaven.

The further one goes, the less one knows.

Therefore the sage
      without walking, knows everything,
      without seeing, identifies everything,
      without doing, accomplishes everything. [*]

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[*] ZEN MASTER DOGEN (13th c.)
(in the FUKAN ZAZENGI) says:
"All activity is permeated with pure meditation — the means of training are thousandfold but pure meditation must be done."

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