I believe that the Eternal may be understood as the Tao, or "Way," which embraces
the moral and physical order of the universe, the path of virtue which Heaven
itself follows, and the Absolute-yet so great is it that "the Tao that can be
described is not the Eternal Tao."
I believe in the unique greatness of the sage Lao-tsu and in his disciple Chuang-tsu.
I believe in the scriptural insights and final authority of the Tao-te-Ching and
in the sacredness of Chuang-tsu's writings.
I believe that man aligns himself with the Eternal when he observes humility,
simplicity, gentle yielding, serenity and effortless action.
I believe that the goal and the path of life are essentially the same, and that
the Tao can be known only to exalted beings who realize it themselves-reflections
of the Beyond are of no avail.
I believe the omniscient and impersonal Supreme is implacable, beyond concern
for human woe, but that there exist lesser Divinities-from the high Gods who endure
for eons, to the nature spirits and demons.
I believe that all actions create their opposing forces, and the wise will seek
inaction in action.
I believe that man is one of the Ten Thousand Things of manifestation, is finite
and will pass; only the Tao endures forever.
9. I believe in the oneness of all creation, in the spirituality of the material
realms and in the brotherhood of all men.