Lao Tzu

The Tao Teh Ching was written two and a half centuries ago by Lao Tzu (tzu means teacher). This canon of verses proposes to describe The Way as a mysterious path to be explored and understood. It is neither a philosophy nor a religion but exists extrinsically on its own – separate from the world of Man.

The verses are short, succinct, and often contradictory. It admits up front that The Way cannot be described, and then proceeds to try to describe it. Some of the contradictions can be resolved by reading various translations or interpretations of the text.

To penetrate to the mystery of these texts try reading The Book of Chuang Tzu. This book gives various discourses on the Tao and contains many descriptions, analogies, and examples.


By not exalting the talented you will cause the people to cease from rivalry and contention. By not prizing goods hard to get, you will cause the people to cease from robbing and stealing. By not displaying what is desirable, you will cause the people’s hearts to remain undisturbed. Therefore, […] Read more

Wu Wei

When all the world recognizes beauty as beauty, this in itself is ugliness. When all the world recognizes good as good, this in itself is evil. Indeed, the hidden and the manifest give birth to each other. Difficult and easy complement each other. Long and short exhibit each other. High […] Read more