the three treasures

on the path three things are regarded as the only treasures worth keeping.

they are compassion, simplicity, and humility.

in chapter 67 sentence 2 of the tao te ching, here are several translations that i’m fond of:

I have three treasures to be maintained and cherished: the first is love; the second is frugality; the third is not pushing oneself ahead of others.

These possessions of a simpleton being the three I choose And cherish: To care, To be fair, To be humble.

I have three treasures, I protect and keep hold of them. The first is called ‘gentleness’ the second is called ‘frugality’ the third is called ‘not presuming to act like leader of the world.’

But I have three precious things which I prize and hold fast. The first is gentleness; the second is economy; and the third is shrinking from taking precedence of others.

I have three treasures that I hold and cherish: One is called “compassion” Another is called “moderation” And the third is called “daring not to compete.”

Yet here are three treasures That I cherish and commend to you: The first is compassion, By which one finds courage. The second is restraint, By which one finds strength. And the third is unimportance, By which one finds influence.

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

yes, yes.

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