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Eighteen

2020

When the great Tao is forgotten, 
kindness and morality arise.
When wisdom and intelligence are born, the great pretense begins.
When there is no peace within the family, filial piety and devotion arise.
When the country is confused and in chaos, loyal ministers appear.  

Fifteen

2020

The ancient masters were subtle, mysterious,  profound, responsive. The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable. 
Because it is unfathomable,  all we can do is describe their appearance. 
Watchful, like men crossing a winter stream.
Alert, like men aware of danger. Courteous,  like visiting guests. Yielding, like ice about to melt. Simply,  like uncarved blocks of wood.
Hollow, like caves. Opaque,  like muddy pools.
Who can wait quietly while the mud settles? 
Who can remain still until the moment of action? Observers of the Tao do not seek fulfillment.  Not seeking fulfillment,  they are not swayed by desire for change.

Fourteen

2020

Look, it cannot be seen - it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard - it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held - it is intangible. 
These three are indefinable; therefore they are joined in one.
From above it is not bright. From below it is not dark.
An unbroken thread beyond description. 
It returns to nothingness. 
The form of the formless, the image of the imageless. It is called indefinable and beyond imagination. 
Stand before it and there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the ancient Tao.
Move with the present.
Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.

Nine

2020

Better stop short than fill to the brim.
Oversharpen the blade, and the edge will soon blunt.
Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it.
Claim wealth and titles, and disaster will follow. 
Retire when the work is done.
This is the way of heaven.

Seventeen

2020

The best ruler is one whose existence the people barely know. 
Next comes the one they love and praise.
Next comes the one they fear.
Next comes the one they curse.
If you are not trustworthy, you will not be trusted.
The sage is aloof and scanty of words.
When his task is finished and his work done, the people all say: " We did it ourselves!"

Sixteen

2020

Empty yourself of everything. 
Let the mind rest at peace. 
The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. 
They grow and flourish and then return to the source. 
Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature. 
The way of nature is unchanging. 
Knowing constancy is insight. 
Not knowing of constancy leads to disaster. 
Knowing constancy, the mind is open.
With an open mind, you will be openhearted.
Being openhearted, you will act royally.
Being royal, you will attain the divine.
Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao.
Being at one with the Tao is eternal. 
And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away.   

Thirteen

2020


Accept disgrace willingly. 
Accept misfortune as the human condition. 
What do you mean by "Accept disgrace willingly "?
Accept being unimportant. 
Do not be concerned with loss or gain.
This is called "accepting disgrace willingly ".
What do you mean by "Accept misfortune as the human condition "?
Misfortune comes from having a body.
Without a body, how could there be misfortune?
Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things.
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things. 

Twenty

2020

Give up learning and put an end to your troubles.
Is there a difference between yes and no?
Is there a difference between good and evil?
Must I fear what others fear?
What nonsense!
Other people are contented, enjoying the sacrificial feast of the ox.
In spring some go to the park and climb the terrace. But I alone am drifting, not knowing where I am. Like a newborn babe before it learns to smile. 
I am alone, without a place to go.
Others have more than they need, but I alone have nothing.
I am a fool. Oh yes! I am confused. 
Other men are clear and bright. But I alone am dim and weak. Other men are sharp and clever. But I alone am dull and stupid. 
Oh, I drift like the waves of the sea.
Without direction, like the restless wind.
Everyone else is busy. But I alone am aimless and depressed. 
I am different. I am nourished by the great mother.

Twenty five

2020

Something mysteriously formed
Born before heaven and earth 
In the silence and the void
Standing alone and unchanging 
Ever present and in motion
Perhaps it is the mother of ten thousand things 
I do not know it's name 
Call it Tao
For lack of a better word I call it great 
Being great it flows
It flows far away 
Having gone far it returns
Therefore Tao is great 
Heaven is great 
Earth is great 
The king is also great 
These are the four great powers of the universe 
And the king is one of them 
Man follows the earth
Earth follows heaven 
Heaven follows the Tao 
Tao follows what is natural 

Twenty one

2020

The greatest Virtue is to follow Tao and Tao alone.
The Tao is elusive and intangible. 
Oh, it is intangible and elusive, and yet within is image.
Oh, it is elusive and intangible, and yet within is form.
Oh, it is dim and dark, and yet within is essence.
This essence is very real, and therein lies faith. 
From the very beginning until now its name has never been forgotten. 
Thus I perceive the creation. 
How do I know the ways of creation? 
Because of this. 

Change

2019

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Landschap Alentejo

2019

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2017

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Magische Berg

2017

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Minas de S. Domingas

2017

Beelden van verlaten mijnen in het oosten van Portugal

Zwart/wit

2017

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in mijn tuin

2016

  

rode aarde

2016

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2010

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