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An introduction to Taoism and the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Tao (The Way) that can be spoken of
is not the Constant Tao’
The name that can be named is not a Constant Name.
Nameless, is the origin of Heaven and Earth;
The named is the Mother of all things.
Thus, the constant void enables one
to observe the true essence.
The constant being enables one
to see the outward manifestations.
These two come paired from the same origin.
But when the essence is manifested,
It has a different name.
This same origin is called “The Profound Mystery.”
As profound the mystery as It can be,
It is the Gate to the essence of all life.

- Chapter One of the Tao Te Ching -


Taoism (pronounced and also spelled Daoism; is a philosophical and religious tradition that emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao . The term Tao (or Dao, depending on the romanization system used) originally means "way", "path" or "principle", and can be found in Chinese philosophies and religions other than Taoism. In Taoism, however, Tao denotes something that is both the source and the driving source of everything that exists, and that ultimately is ineffable: "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao."


Keystone Texts

The keystone work of literature in Taoism is the Daodejing or (Tao Te Ching), a concise and ambiguous book containing teachings attributed to Laozi. Together with the writings of Zhuangzi, these texts build the philosophical foundation of Taoism. There is debate over how, and whether, Taoism should be categorized. Traditionally, it is divided into two categories Philosophical Taoism and Religious Taoism.

Laozi, depicted as Daode Tianzun

This philosophical Taoism, individualistic by nature, is not institutionalized. Institutionalized forms, however, evolved over time in the shape of a number of different schools, often integrating beliefs and practices that even pre-dated the keystone texts as, for example, the theories of the School of Naturalists, which synthesized the concepts of yin-yang and the Five Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water). Taoist schools traditionally feature reverence for Laozi, immortals or ancestors, along with a variety of divination (foreseeing) and rituals, and practices for achieving ecstasy, longevity or immortality.

Taoist propriety and ethics may vary depending on the particular school, but in general tends to emphasize wu wei (action through non-action), simplicity, spontaneity, harmony between the individual and the cosmos, and the Three Treasures: Compassion, Moderation, and Humility.


Taoism has had profound influence on Chinese culture in the course of the centuries, and clerics of institutionalised Taoism (Chinese; pinyin: dàoshi) usually take care to note distinction between their ritual tradition and the customs and practices found in Chinese folk religion as these distinctions sometimes appear blurred. Chinese alchemy especially neidan, Chinese astrology, Zen Buddhism, several martial arts (Neijia), Traditional Chinese medicine, feng shui, and many styles of qigong been intertwined with Taoism throughout history. Beyond China, Taoism also had influence on surrounding societies in Asia.

After Laozi and Zhuangzi the literature of Taoism grew steadily and used to be compiled in form of a canon the Daozang, which was at times published at the behest of the emperor. Throughout Chinese history, Taoism was several times nominated as state religion. After the 17th century, however, it fell much from favor. Like all other religious activity, Taoism was suppressed in the first decades of the People's Republic of China (and even persecuted during the Cultural Revolution), but continued to be practised in Taiwan. Today, it is one of five religions recognized in the PRC , and although it does not travel readily from its Asian roots, claims adherents in a number of societies.


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An Introduction to the Tao Te Ching


An Introduction to the Tao Te Ching

This is an introduction to the Tao te Ching. Throughout your journey of introspection no one piece of wisdom will be at your side more than the Tao te Ching. The Way in this light.
The Tao te Ching speaks to everybody on many different levels of understanding. The Tao is a book that is felt rather than intellectualized, and it can be read in its entirity in one afternoon yet contemplated for a lifetime.

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About Three Vinegar Tasters

The Vinegar Tasters, three sours, vinegar tasting old-men, is a traditional subject in Chinese religious painting. The allegorical composition depicts the three founders of China's major religious and philosophical traditions: Confucianism , Buddhism , and Taoism . The theme in the painting has been interpreted as favoring Taoism and critical of the others.

The three men are dipping their fingers in a vat of vinegar and tasting it; one man reacts with a sour expression, one reacts with a bitter expression, and one reacts with a sweet expression. The three men are Confucius, Buddha, and Laozi , respectively.
Each man's expression represents the predominant attitude of his religion: Confucianism saw life as sour, in need of rules to correct the degeneration of people; Buddhism saw life as bitter, dominated by pain and suffering; and Taoism saw life as fundamentally good in its natural state. Another interpretation of the painting is that, since the three men are gathered around one vat of vinegar, the " three teachings " are one. Read more ..

The painting and its theme was featured in the book The Tao of Pooh by American Taoist writer Benjamin Hoff .

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The I Ching - Book of Change





The I Ching , also known as the Classic of Changes , Book of Changes , Zhouyi and Yijing , is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts . Some consider the I Ching the oldest extant book of divination, dating from 1,000 BCE and before. The oldest manuscript that has been found, albeit incomplete, dates back to the Warring States period (475221 BCE).

In the 1970s, Chinese archaeologists discovered intact Han dynasty-era tombs in Mawangdui near Changsha , Hunan province. One of the tombs contained the Mawangdui Silk Texts , a 2nd-century BCE new text version of the I Ching , the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) and other works, which are mostly similar yet in some ways diverge from the received , or traditional texts preserved historically. This version of the I Ching , despite its textual form, belongs to the same textual tradition as the standard text, which suggests it was prepared from an old text version for the use of its Han patron.

The text of the I Ching is a set of oracular statements represented by 64 sets of six lines each called hexagrams


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