Walking to El Cubo de Tierra del Vino – Chapter 62

We walk past the church and through the Plaza – on our way to El Cubo de Tierra del Vino (The Cube of Wine).

I read Chapter 62 of the Tao te Ching (translated by Steven Mitchell):

“The Tao is the center of the universe,
the good man’s treasure,
the bad man’s refuge.”

The early part of our hike passes through the countryside.

“Honors can be bought with fine words,
respect can be won with good deeds.”

“But the Tao is beyond all value,
and no one can achieve it.”


“Thus, when a new leader is chosen,
don’t offer to help him
with your wealth or your expertise.”



“Offer instead
to teach him about the Tao.”

The Camino returns to run parallel to highway N-630. I am not certain that it is possible to “teach” someone “about the Tao.” The Tao is a way — if you follow the way, you can learn. I try to set an example but my words are only sign posts for the Way.



“Why did the ancient Masters esteem the Tao?”


The sun was very hot and Karen was extremely tired at this stage. When we arrived at the albergue, we found that my e-mail request for a reservation had been ignored. We ended up in bunk beds among many French people who spoke loudly and continually.

“Because, being one with the Tao,
when you seek, you find;”

We went to the church to get away from the noise but, of course, it was locked.
“And when you make a mistake, you are forgiven.
That is why everybody loves it.”

Lao tsu’s words make for good poetry but not everyone loves the Tao. The Way can be boring and difficult — only those with special motivation follow the Way. Most people seek pleasure even though this does not necessarily lead to happiness.

We checked out the route that the Camino followed out of town.


The church has a statue of St. James, the Pilgrim (Santiago), the Saint of our pilgrimage. The Camino de Santiago (the way to Santiago) visits the church in each town.

Here is my advice: When times are good, meditate each day. Then, when times are difficult, you will be able to focus your mind.

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