A Little Bit of Nothingness (Eighty-One Observations on the Unnameable)

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Item Code: NAK875
Author: Karl Renz
Publisher: Zen Publications
Language: English
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9789384363543
Pages: 150
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 180 gm
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The teachings of Karl Renz are a bit like Zen Koans – those short statements that stop the mind’s activity by contemplating their paradoxical meaning. But Karl takes you even further: pondering his words have the power to turn the mind back upon itself, toward our original awareness of being.

A Little Bit of Nothingness is a unique juxtaposition between the dialogues of Karl Renz and the eighty – one verses of the Tao Te Ching. Here, the reality of the Tao – The unnameable, original cause of all that is - has the potential to become evident as our own reality, by the deep insights provided through Karl.

The search for happiness usually takes us on an outward journey where we find ourselves identifying with everything except that which we truly are. What we really need is to taste a little bit of nothingness – the absence of any kind of ideas that we have about ourselves.

No one sees this as well as Karl Renz, the German mystic-artist who, for the last ten years, has travelled around the world pulling the rug out from under our hallowed , leaving us blissfully wanting even less.

‘Realization means that consciousness, which once was identified with an object, becomes boundry-less. It becomes conscious of being consciousness. But the Self is never realized nor not-realized. It is always prior to any ideas about enlightenment or non-enlightenment. Anything you can say about it is an idea.


What is man in his essence? What is the point of VV this whole existence? Is there a deeper meaning behind everything? These are the leading questions that have shaped our culture - religion, philosophy, science, and art - for thousands of years.

In this book we encounter Lao Tsu, a Chinese wise man who lived 2,500 years ago, and Karl Renz, a German artist and mystic of our time. They meet where time and space no longer have any meaning.

Lao Tsu is not a name but a title of honor, which means "The Elder." The transmission says that an old civil servant, who served as an archivist of scriptures, was leaving the empire when he was asked by a border patrol official to write down his realizations. Lao Tsu handed over more than 5,000 Chinese characters and continued on his way westward. The work influenced the governments of several later emperors and received the title Tao Te Ching, which roughly means "the classical book of the meaning of life."

There are many, often contradictory accounts, about Lao Tsu (Laozi) and the origin of the Tao Te Ching (DaodeJing). Equally diverse are the translations and interpretations that have spread across Europe since the nineteenth century. For this book, the German translation of Richard Wilhelm has been referenced, except for a few rare cases in which Rudolf Bachofen's translation was used.

Richard Wilhelm points out in his introduction that the term "Tao" is to be considered more like an "algebraic sign" for something that is fundamentally indefinable and unpronounceable. Tao has also been translated as "God," "the inscrutable," "the way," or as "sense" by Wilhelm Reich. In this book, it is simply referred to as Tao.

The idea to bring together the Tao Te Ching with some of the dialogues of Karl Renz comes from Dietmar Bittrich, the publisher of Das Buch Karl (published in English as The Myth of Enlightenment). In Karl's meetings, which he occasionally calls "Self Talks" or "Performances," he speaks completely spontaneously. Even he says that he doesn't know what speaks through him or what he speaks about. These transcribed recordings only very rarely refer to specific texts of the Tao Te Ching, This is more about an allocation and mutual fertilization of Karl Renz and Lao Tsu.

Karl addresses exactly that dimension of the Tao which is not graspable and usable. The rejection of how we function, in an organized and goal-oriented world, is a central theme that runs through the Tao Te eking, while on quite another level through the talks of Karl Renz.

While Lao Tsu occasionally strives to enlighten the population and the empire through ethical principles, Karl' , talks completely transcend ideas of "good" and "bad." But, as with many differences, they are only apparent. This unique combination darkens and illuminates, confuses and clarifies. One doesn't have to understand anything, but as Karl says, "Something always understands!"


Foreword Christian Salvensenxi
1The Tao That Can Be Named Is Not The Eternal Tao17
2Being And Non-Being Create Each Other19
3The Sage Acts Without Acting21
4The Tao Is Without Essence23
5The All Doesn't Know Love24
6The Spirit Of The Valley Doesn't Die26
7The Sage Doesn't Want Anything For Himself27
8The Highest Good Is Like Water29
9When The Work Is Done, Withdraw30
10This Is The Secret Life32
11That Which Is Not Serves The Work33
12He Prefers What is Within to What is Without34
13Welcome Disgrace Willingly36
14One Looks For It And Doesn't See It37
15Who Else Can Clear What Is Muddy Through Stillness?39
16Create Emptiness All The Way to the Highest!.41
17When A Mighty One Rules43
18When A Mighty One Rules Morality And Duty45
19Dismiss Holiness, Throw Away Wisdom47
20I Have The Heart Of A Fool...48
21The Content Of The Large Life Follows The Tao50
22What Is Partial Will Be Whole51
23Make Rare The Words, Then Everything Happens By Itself Happens By Itself53
24He Who Stands On Tiptoes, Does Not Stand Firm56
25The Tao Follows Itself58
26Stillness Is The Ruler Of Restlessness59
27A Good Traveler Doesn't Leave Tracks61
28Whoever Knows His Purity63
29The World Is A Spiritual Thing64
30The One Who Follows The Laws Of The Universe65
31Weapons Are Instruments of Fear66
32The Eternal Tao Is Nameless Innocence67
33The One Who Knows HimselfIs Wise69
34The Tao Flows Everywhere70
35The World Will Come To Him, Who Holds On To The One72
36The Soft Overcomes The Hard73
37The Tao Is Eternally Without Doing74
38He Who Upholds Life75
39All Is Created By The One76
40Being Is Born Out Of Non-Being78
41The Great Tone Has Inaudible Sound79
42The Tao Creates The One80
43Teaching Without Words82
44Winning Or Losing: Which Is Worse?84
45Great Fullness Seems Empty85
46To Be Content With Contentment Is Permanent Contentment87
47Without Looking Out Of The Window, One Sees The Tao Of Heaven89
48In Non-Doing, Nothing Is Left Undone91
49The Sage Lives In The World Totally Still92
50Coming Out Of Non-Beingnes Into Beingness Is Birth95
51The Tao Creates96
52To Choose The Soft, Means Being Strong98
53What It Means, To Live In The Tao100
54When You Mold The World, Your Life Becomes Broad101
55He Who Lives Out Of His Origin's Fullness103
56The One Who Knows Doesn't Speak.105
57Through Not-Wanting, One Wins A Kingdom106
58The Sage Is Sharp, Without Cutting110
59If No One Knows Our Limits112
60If One Governs The World According To The Tao114
61The Feminine Always Prevails115
62The Tao Is The Home Of All Things117
63Who Practices Non-Doing118
64Whoever Holds On, Loses It120
65Mysterious Life Is Deep122
66Because The Sage Doesn't Argue124
67Only The One Is Great, Whose Greatness Doesn't Mean Anything to Him126
68Being In Accord With The Way of Heaven127
69Being In Accord With The Way of Heaven129
70My Words Are Very Easy To Understand131
71Who Knows Of His Not-Knowing133
72Don't Interfere in Their Homes135
73The Sage Doesn't Waver137
74There Is Always A Death Force Which Kills138
75He Who Doesn't Act For The Sake Of Life140
76The Soft Ones And Weak Ones Are Companions Of Life138
77The Sage Acts And Doesn't Keep140
78It Can't Be Changed By Anything141
79The Sage Doesn't Demand Anything From Others143
80Let The People Take Death Seriously145
81True Words Are Not Beautiful...147
About The Author149

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