Taoism in China. Tao Te Ching. The Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing) was compiled around 500-400 BC (Confucius’ era) Tao – The way of the universe Te – virtue Ching – classic/book Attributed to Laozi (The old one/master) But is probably a collection of works by many authors. Origins.
Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment. Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self requires strength. He who knows he has enough is rich. Perseverance is a sign of will power. He who stays where he is endures. To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.
Pick one sentence to copy down and journal a few of your own thoughts about that line (why it is significant to you – what we can learn).Tao Te ching on Knowledge & Wisdom
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable. We work with being, but non-being is what we use.
Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity.The Tao Te Ching on Non-being/emptiness
Keep sharpening your knife and it will be blunt. Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner. Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water. Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it. The soft overcomes the hard.
Pick one sentence to copy down and journal a few of your own thoughts about that line (why it is significant to you – what we can learn).The Tao Te Ching on Letting Be/Passivism
Under Mao’s rule Taoism nearly went extinct with the injunction that religion was “the opiate of the people” and was unscientific and outdated.
In 1954, the Religious Affairs Bureau and Land Reform movement expelled Taoist (and Buddhist) monks/nuns from temples and destroyed the temples and artifacts.
After a decade of Communist rule Taoist monks were reduced from 5 million to 50 thousand.Taoism under Mao
Deng Xiaoping (Mao’s successor) created the Religious Freedom Clause in 1982 that allowed Taoists the “right of religious belief.”
Temples and Monasteries were reopened and fundraising initiatives rebuild some of what was lost.
31 million practitioners worldwide – but mostly in China (some in Cambodia, Singapore and a huge following in Taiwan)Today’s Practitioners of Taoism