Daodejing 37


The Great Way (DAO):
Never doing (WU WEI) but
always doing all.

If kings can follow this,
the 10,000 things
will grow and develop

During the course of
growth and development,
whenever arises
a desire to do…

I will suppress it
with the simplicity ()†
of the Great Way.

With the simpleness
of the Great Way
no desire.

Having no desire,
achieving tranquility.

All under-heaven
achieve tranquility.

This is the Chinese word  meaning simplicity like a piece of wood unwhittled or unadorned, the famous uncarved block

*Translation by LU Wenlong & Keith Wayne Brown, ©2013.


  1. Once heard someone pronounce WU WEI as “wee wee” and now I cant get it out of my mind. Guess I will suppress it
    with the simpleness (PU or “poo”) of the Great Way.


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