The Tao-te Ching says: "The
Tao shows an empty form, but in its depths ten
thousand beings can fit! (Chapter 4)
The beings of the universe are
generated from the Tao. The Tao is the spirit of the universe. If the
diversity of living beings on earth cannot be maintained, its existence
will be threatened. For the same reason, if we do not have the will
to accept the cultural diversity of the world, we will not be able to
maintain the general culture of humanity--nor will be able to work with
the Tao. There are no limits to the Tao. For that reason, Taoism always
has had good relations with other cultures and its praxis have easily
spreaded to the West.
If we can't protect cultural
diversity, we will not be able to advance human civilization and merge
with the Tao of the universe.
------ Master Tien, for The Voice
of Religious Communities book of the 2004 Forum.