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Initiation into Taoism - Level  1 

What is Taoism
A 12-lesson course delivered through email


Course description

Taoism is a way of life inspired by the flow of natural phenomena (Alan Watts). It was fashioned by Lao-tzu (Master Lao) in his Tao-te ching (The Classic about the Tao and Te). It is mainly characterized by the urge to follow the Tao in order to attain one's goals and avoid failure, even premature death.

The ancient Taoists sages spoke about the one who follows the Tao as a person who succeeded in accomplishing his/her life!

We designed this 3-level course on the Taoism with the thought of presenting this ancient way of life and its benefits to the Westerners.

This is Level One, which teaches you the basics. In short we explain what is Tao, Wu, Wu-Wei and more. We address the beginners or people without knowledge about the Taoist way of living.

The next two levels deal with the I-ching - the ancient book of divination - and the Taoist Meditation methods. You may order all of them at once (there's a discount offer) or only this one.

Here are the lessons of this level:

1. What is Taoism?
Definition of Taoism as a way of life.
2. About Adaptation and "Natural Trends"
Taoism means adaptation to the natural trends. Here we explain what these trends are.
3. Sources of Taoism
Wherefrom are we taking the Taoism ideas and concepts?
4. Masters of Taoism
Explains what and how is a Tao master according to Lao-tzu.
5. What is Tao?
A basic Taoist concept, Tao has several meanings.
6. About Yin and Yang
Explains the meaning of these terms in Taoism.
7. Emptiness (wu)
Linked with the Tao, emptiness is the core of Taoist explanation of the things and beings, and the everyday practice of the sage.
8. Nondoing (wu-wei)
The same as above, nondoing refers to the everyday practice of the sage.
9. Fu - Return
Explains what is Fu, and why is so important in Taoist view on life.
10. Meditation in Taoism
Introduction to the specific of Taoist meditation.


new Ho-shang kung and Tao-te ching
Provides the commentaries on Tao-te ching chapter 6 by the Riverside Elder.

new Wang Pi and Tao-te ching
Provides the commentaries on Tao-te ching chapter 6 by Wang Pi.

Quiz & bonuses

If you wish to test your acquired knowledge you may take our online quiz upon the completion of this level (not mandatory).

We also offer four bonuses should you take this course right now:
 - Alan Watts on Taoism - a collection of commented abstracts from Alan Watts' book Tao: The Watercourse-Way (PDF);
- Lao-tzu and Asceticism - paper dealing with the question whether Lao-tzu was the adept of asceticism (PDF);
- Master Lu Commentary on the Tao - a short commentary on the meaning of the Tao (chapter 1 of the Tao-te ching) (PDF);
- Taoism Dictionary - the main terms and concepts explained in plain words (PDF).

Schedule & interactivity

We send you the lessons as emails messages directly to your email address on a schedule, that is, one lesson every two days. This way you have enough time to read them all.

Also you may request help with the topics approached during the course long. Please notice that our assistance is provided by a real person, through email.

Cost: $25

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=> Level 2 - I-ching: Philosophy and Practice
Level 3 - Taoist Meditation

=> Taoism Practice in the Day to Day Life
Lao-tzu and Tao-te ching Revealed
The Yin-Yang Philosophy

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