Cyclical Movement of Tao
What is Tao

Cyclical Movement of Tao

Cyclical Movement and Taoist philosophy Are things in this world moving along a straight line or in a cyclical manner? Those who are used to linear thinking would see it as a straight line.  After a day, it’s a night.  After life, it’s death.  What else can that be? It can, therefore, be puzzling when…

Value in Emptiness
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Value in Emptiness

Importance of Non-being How can emptiness be of any value? Emptiness can be the very purpose of an existence. When we value something, our attention is often on what we can see or touch.  For example, when you see a pot, your attention is likely to be on its shape, its colours, workmanship and the material…

How To Pronounce Tao Te Ching
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How To Pronounce Tao Te Ching

The book title of Tao Te Ching has being translated in various ways. Dao De Jing, Tao Te King, and so on and so forth. There are also people who name the book The Way, based on the meaning of the word Tao. Which is the most appropriate? When Tao Te Ching was introduced to…

Bring back the child-like innocence
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Bring back the child-like innocence

Are you wise, or simply being smart? It’s easy to tell how smart a person is. There’re IQ tests and a whole host of cognitive exercises to help you measure. As to whether a person is wise, it’s not so easy to tell. Many people associate the wise with the old. It’s an impression that…

Surrender the idea that you can know it all
verse 10

Surrender the idea that you can know it all

If you feel like you have known it all, you don’t really know. Empty your mind like an empty cup, and feel the warmth and fragrance of the tea poured in. “When you understand all things can you step back from your own understanding?” Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching Chapter 10, translated by JH McDonald…