A Brief Introduction: Tao, Taoism, Tao Te Ching & Lao Tze

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white.
Neither need you do anything but be yourself.

Lao Tze – Tao Te Ching

Who is Lao Tze

The author of Tao Te Ching (pronounced ‘Dao De Jing’) – a classic Chinese text which heavily influenced Chinese Philosophy – is a fundamental book for the Philosophy and Religion Taoism.

What is Taoism 
Taoism emphasizes the importance of living in harmony with the Tao (Chinese translation ‘The Way’). Taoism refers to Tao as the source, pattern and substance of everything in between. The ethics of Taoism begin with effortless action, naturalness, simplicity, spontaneity and the three treasures – Compassion, Frugality and Humility.

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

Lao Tze – Tao Te Ching

What is Tao – The Way
“Tao is the source of all Universes. Tao is the Universal principles and laws. Millions of people in history have searched for Tao, studied Tao and practiced Tao, but only a very small number of people in history have accomplished and reached the goal of Tao.”
Page 2 – TAO I – Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha

Click here for an excerpt from the text Tao Te Ching on Self Development

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.

Lao Tzu

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“because he does not dwell therein he never departs” Lao Tzu

II – Self Development

TAO TE CHING

‘When everyone recognizes beauty to be only a masquerade, then it is simply ugliness. In the same way, goodness, if it is not sincere, is not goodness. So existence and non-existence are incompatible. The difficult and easy are mutually opposites. Just as the long and short, the high and the low, the loud and soft, the before and the behind, are all opposites and each reveals each other.

Therefore the wise man is not conspicuous in his affairs or given to much talking. Though troubles arise he is not irritated. He produces but does not own; he acts but claims no merit; he builds but does not dwell therein, and because he does not dwell therein he never departs.’

Page 9 / Tao Te Ching – The Ancient Classic / Lao Tzu

 

 

Important words from Confucius

“To give good influence to someone it is important to begin the matter seriously but with a very friendly tone and very thoughtful words. Face the facts of the inadequacy forgive the deficiencies, notice the lack of knowledge and be not in opposition to the wishes. To give good influence to someone it is important to find the right place and the right timing, the right behaviour and the right mood, even the right gestures. After all of this someone will be able to give good influence – to you.”

WORDS FROM GEORGE HARRISON

‘Everybody is looking for Krishna. Some don’t realize that they are, but they are. Krishna is God, the source of all that exists, the Cause of all that is, was, or ever will be. As God is unlimited, He has many Names. Allah-Buddha-Jehovah- Rama: ALL are Krishna, all are ONE. By serving God through each thought, word, and deed, and by chanting his holy names, the devotee quickly develops God-Consciousness. By chanting: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna. Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama. Rama Rama, Hare Hare. One inevitably arrives at Krishna Consciousness. (The proof of the pudding is in the eating!)’

-George Harrison 31/3/1970

EMPTY YOUR CUP

There’s an old Zen story about a scholar who visited a famous Zen master to inquire into the meaning of zen. The scholar asked question after question but was so full of his own ideas that he rarely gave the master an opportunity to answer.

After about an hour of this one-sided dialogue, the master asked the scholar if he wanted a cup of tea. When the scholar held out his cup, the master filled it but just kept pouring.

“Enough,” the scholar cried out. “The cup is full. It won’t hold anymore.”

“Yes,” replied the zen master. “and so is your mind. You can’t learn Zen until you empty your cup.”

– Author Unknown –

NGANGKARI – TRADITIONAL HEALERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK

‘The traditional healers of the Australian outback are the Ngangkari, who are still practicing today as they have always done, quietly and without fuss.’

“You’ve got to remember that this is the tradition, this is the knowledge and Law. It’s something that has been held on to which came from the days before there were hospitals and other forms of doctors… We were responsible for looking after all the people. We have held onto that knowledge.” – Rupert Peter

PAGE 143 / THE SHAMANISM BIBLE / JOHN MATTHEWS