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Lao-tzu, father of Taoism pictureTaoism is a spiritual doctrine that teaches us the unity with the Tao, the creator and support of the universe. This ideal is achieved by developing a way of life based on the careful observation of natural phenomena and the constant use of the oracle of changes (I-ching).

The principles of taoism were defined by Lao-tzu in his famous Tao-te ching. This work inspired a suite of disciples such as Chung-tzu, who amplified and exemplified the basic concepts.

Taoism also proposes specific meditation techniques that aim, among other things, to emotional detachment and the preservation of vital energy.

Taoism is a common practice today even though its origins lie several thousand years ago.

On this site we study Taoism both as a philosophy / method of life, and as a practice.

Online courses. - Many of the essential aspects of Taoism can be studied online through our dedicated courses for beginners. These courses are unique on the internet as they are not limited to a purely theoretical approach. For more details visit the course page here.

We also wrote a series of articles that deepen some of the themes of Taoism. More details in the papers section.

Featured articles. - Below is the list of the new issues:

    -> Is there any step one must take to know the Tao or rather Tao is self-evident so there's no step to take? Click here to learn more.

    -> I-ching Dictionary (PDF) - Explains the main terms in plain words. Click here to learn more.

    - Taoism about Death: Taoist view on death explained in few words and further resources. Click here to learn more...

Alan Watts - perhaps the best Western author dealing with TaoismQuotes. - Alan Watts on Taoism. Certain Chinese philosophers writing in, perhaps, the -5th and -4th centuries, explained ideas and a way of life that have come to be known as Taoism - the way of man's cooperation with the course or trend of the natural world... [more quotes here].

 

Master Lu Sayings


new! What about Time?

Question: What does Taoism teach us about time?

Master Lu: Time as cosmic event or lifetime?

Q: Time as lifetime.

M L: Nothing. Taoism is not interested in time or things related to the flow of time. Time and the experience of time are part of life. They are elements of life such as breathing or nutrition. They can not be avoided nor should be avoided. Time is accepted as such no matter what we feel about it individually.

Is There a Must for One Who Follows the Tao?

Me (Jhian): What's the most important thing in the life of one who follows the Tao?

Master: There's nothing important so there's nothing "most" important. All one can do is to receive the insight of his inner self and be ready and resolved to apply the insight to the moment.

Me: Is this readiness a must?

Master: No, it depends on the times, or the course of the things or the individual innate nature.

Me: You mean one may be lazy as well?

Master: We don't proceed on the basis of an established list of "you must" or rules. We just follow the trends. And they may require one to be lazy as well.

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Te Three Sages:

A Poem

What if there's no separation,
What if "I" has fallen for its lie,
What if ignorance lead it astray,
What if there's no me to die?

What if every-thing's been provided,
What if all is shared,
What if no false identities,
What if nature truly cared?

What if no words spoken,
What if no sound,
What if stillness I AM,
What if in Presence IT found?

What if "I" let's go completely,
What if there's no me,
What if ALL IS one being,
What if only Truth could be?

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