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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 developed by Lao-tzu in his Tao-te ching. It is mainly characterized by the urge to follow the Tao or the continuous changes of the Universe.

What is the benefit of following the Tao? Simply, avoiding failure. The ancient Taoists spoke about the one who follows the Tao as a person who succeeded in accomplishing his/her life!

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

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 or choose only this one.

Here are the lessons of this level:

1. What is Taoism?
2. About Adaptation and "Natural Trends"
Taoism means adaptation to the natural trends.
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.
5. What is Tao?
A basic concept explained.
6. About Yin and Yang
Explains the meaning of these terms in Taoism.
7. Emptiness (wu)
A basic concept explained.
8. Nondoing (wu-wei)
A basic concept explained.
9. Fu - Return
A basic concept explained.
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.

coming soon 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 3 - Taoist Meditation

=> Taoism Practice in the Day to Day Life
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