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Taoist Classics

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The main sources from which we extracted the teachings of Taoism are the classic books written by the Taoist masters. The best known of these is, of course, Tao-te ching.

The word "ching" can be translated into "sacred text", scripture, work of fundamental importance, hence the idea of classic.

Besides these books, we also studied the texts of the I-ching (Book of Changes) which draw from the Taoist sources and provide valuable information about how the ancient masters mixed the Taoist natural wisdom with the art of divination.

We must stress here that our approach of Taoism joins these two sources: the natural wisdom and the dfivination.

We present these books, significant extracts from them and commentaries in the following sections:

> Tao-te ching
Chuang-tzu (Nan-hua Chen-ching)
The Classic of Perfect Emptiness or Lieh-tzu
I-ching (Book of Changes)


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