Taoist Temple

A small Taoist temple in the town our daughter is from in China

Taoism is a Chinese tradition of wisdom for living life according to ‘The Univesal Way’ or ‘Tao’. There are different versions of the origins of Taoism, especially its central text the Tao Te Ching.

Ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu is widely regarded as the father of Taoism and the author of the Tao Te Ching, although some believe it was then refined by a number of scholars over centuries.

The Tao Te Ching is a simple yet profound book, containing 81 verses that challenge your thinking. The verses are designed to give divine guidance on daily living, rather than a doctrine of dos and don’ts.

As someone who is not Chinese, and not any kind of scholar or academic, I still find contemplating the wise words of the Tao Te Ching, and its principles of unity in difference (yinyang), action through non-action, going with the flow and the eternal nature and connection of all things to be a valuable way of looking at life.

 To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders – Lao Tzu

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be – Lao Tzu.

 

Some of my posts that draw on Lao Tzu directly for inpsiration include: The gift of loss is the joy of gain

Kathy KrugerTaoism

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