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Lao-tzu and Tao-te ching title 

A 12-lesson email course by Jhian and the Way of Perfect Emptiness

Status: Continuous

  • Description

This course is a beginners guide to the meaning of Tao-te ching. You'll learn about tao, yin-yang, wu-wei and wu, that is, the core teachings of Lao-tzu's Book or the basics of Taoism spirituality.

The course addresses beginners and offers all the necessary resources. Finally you may take the online quiz to check your acquired knowledge (not mandatory).

  • Schedule and delivery

This course is made of 12 lessons written in html format. We send you the lessons as emails messages directly to your email address on a schedule basis, that is, one lesson every two days. This way you have enough time to read them.

  • Lessons

1. Who Is Lao-tzu?
A short introduction to Lao-tzu life.
2. Lao-tzu Meets Confucius
The meaning behind the historical meeting.
3. Introduction to the Tao-te ching (name, structure, concepts)
Short introduction to the content of Tao-te ching.
4. What is Tao?
Explains the meaning of the term Tao.
5. What is Emptiness (wu)?
Explains the meaning of wu - emptiness.
6. What is Nondoing (wu-wei)
Explains the meaning of wu-wei - nondoing.
7. Yin and Yang Principles in Tao-te ching
Yin and yang as they appear in Tao-te ching.
8. The Spirit of Mysterious Valley
The meaning of the most obscure concept of Tao-te ching.
9. P'u - Simplicity
Explains the meaning of the term p'u.
10. The Art of Meditation in Tao-te ching
A hint to the meditation method in Tao-te ching.


11. Several Mistakes Made by Westerners when Dealing with the Basics in Tao-te ching
A short essay showing the way one must approach Tao-te ching chapters on some basics.

12. Translation of the First Guodian Lao-tzu Chapter with Commentaries.
Guodian Lao-tzu / Tao-te ching is the newest version of the Book discovered recently. Jhian Yang offers a short commentary on the first paragraph.


Lao-tzu and Taoism: Taoism draws mainly from the concepts of Lao-tzu developed in his Tao-te ching. But what about Lao-tzu and Taoism? (Paper - PDF)

At the Death of Lao-tzu - a short commentary on a story by Chuang-tzu, the greatest disciple of Lao-tzu, explaining the meaning of the chen-jen or the pure being, the goal of Taoist sages.

  • Interactivity

We provide full email interactivity with this course. This means you may send your questions to the teacher, and receive quick answers. You can ask about everything related to the course, during the course long. Please note that the replies are customized to answer your specific questions. This is one of the benefits of the email teaching: your question is answered by a real person with care for its specificity.

  • Teacher: Jhian Yang (jhian@taopage.org)
  • Cost: $25
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NOTE: Upon the completion of the payment you'll be giving  a link that leads to our page with further information regarding the course delivery.

  • Help

Should you need further information about our course topics, registration, delivery and payment method, please visit our help page here or contact us at support@taopage.org . We are glad to assist you

Ebook Version

Don't want to take the full course version? You may take the ebook version instead. Click here to see how.

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