Examples of Wuwei
tao te ching | verse 37 | wuwei

Examples of Wuwei

While wuwei is effortless, arriving at the state of wuwei usually requires effort The key takeaway of Tao Te Ching is the concept of wuwei, which literally means non-doing, or doing nothing. “The Tao never does, yet through it everything is done. If princes and dukes can keep the Tao, the world will of its own…

Tao is not unlike love
Key concepts | tao te ching | Verse 23

Tao is not unlike love

Embrace its abundance, even when you cannot explain what it is! Tao is powerful, but the concept is so elusive Lao Tzu had to begin the book Tao Te Ching by saying, “The Tao that can be described is not the eternal Tao.” So how are you going to benefit from Tao, when you don’t…

I alone am dark
Verse 20

I alone am dark

Dark & dull can be strength of lasting inner peace This is a long verse of Tao Te Ching, where Lao Tzu paints a portrait of his life that runs counter to the behaviour of the ordinary. While in the eyes of most people he seems like a fool or simpleton, he enjoys a deep and…

What does ‘non-doing’ mean?
Lao Tzu | tao te ching | Verse 25 | wuwei

What does ‘non-doing’ mean?

Wuwei or non-doing is not just about doing nothing Wuwei is a Chinese word, written as 无为in simplified Chinese, and 無為 in traditional Chinese. It is a key concept of Taoism, and the central theme of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching.  Not knowing its true meaning risk missing the wisdom. The word may be literally translated as ‘doing…

Is Taoism a Religion?
Key concepts | Taoism

Is Taoism a Religion?

I Ching appeared 5000 years ago, but Taoism as a religion emerged about 2000 years ago Is Taoism a religion?  The answer is yes and no. Taoism as a religion is evident by the practice of worship of its believers, the idols of deities and the Taoist priests who connect the worshipers and the divinities. While Taoism is…