Exploring “The Way”
When writing this blog I am 22 days into an incredible journey of exploring a piece of ancient wisdom and application for the modern world. I am choosing each day to explore in sequential order the 81 lessons or verses of the Tao Te Ching.
What is the Tao
The ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, the father of Taoism, completed the Tao Te Ching around the 4th century BCE. It is commonly called Laozi, a combination of the author’s name and the Chinese for “Old Master.” The text outlines a religious philosophy that stresses one’s connection to nature. Taoism is often translated into English as “The Way.” Tao Te Ching can literally be translated into English as “The Book of the Way of Virtue.” Much like the works of Homer, it’s quite possible that multiple people collaborated to produce the text. Over the centuries, parts of the Tao Te Ching have been found on ancient silk and bamboo leaves. The relatively short text is comprised of 81 brief chapters that are meant to be read repeatedly and contemplated. The text uses paradoxes and riddles to encourage deeper thought about how one should live and how to have the most fruitful life. As well as its significance in relation to Taoism, elements of Laozi have had a major influence on Buddhism, Confucianism, and east Asian governmental structure. Its themes include simplicity, acceptance of the nature of things, and the interdependence of all things—animate and inanimate.
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