Beginning the Caminho Portugues

The Caminho Portugues begins at the Church of St. James (Igreja Santiago) in Lisbon, just up the street from the Lisbon Cathedral (Se). The ancient pilgrimage route goes for 385 miles to the cathedral of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. People journeyed from places all over Europe as a religious pilgrimage, a way to transform themselves around 1000-1200 AD. The word “caminho” can be translated as “the way.”

I will be quoting from the Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tsu, who provides guidance for the inner journey. Lao Tsu, writing in 5th or 6th century BCE China, is considered the father of Taoism. The Tao Te Ching, which can be translated as “The Way,” begins:

“The Tao that can be told

Is not the external Tao.

The name that can be named

Is not the eternal name.”

Can you understand this? The way does not involves words. Words are merely a guide.

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