2.4.6 Philosophy of the Tao Part 3

Yesterday I talked to you about the three basic principles of Taoist philosophy. Namely Tao itself, the course of nature. Wu wei, not forcing, in other words, the watercourse character of the course of nature. Te, which is virtue, of the seemingly magical power. Which...

2.4.5 Philosophy of the Tao Part 2

So in the same way to try and force the issues wears you out. And when you force a lock, you usually bend the key. So you jiggle gently, until you find the right opening. So in the same way, anybody who knows how to conduct business always jiggles the key to find the...

2.4.4 Philosophy of the Tao Part 1

The subject of this seminar is going to be Taoism as contained in the teachings of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, who Lived approximately four hundred years or more before Christ. Separated probably by one hundred years from each other, as is often repeated. Lao Tzu started...

2.4.3 Wisdom of the Ridiculous

During the last two sessions, I’ve been talking to principally about the philosophy of the Lao Tzu book The Tao Te Ching. And now I want to shift today over to Chuang Tzu. This Chuang Tzu, so far as we know. Lived about three hundred B.C.. Maybe a little earlier...

2.4.2 Swimming Headless Part 2

A person who has mushin on no mind or no heart in Chinese, is a very high order of person. It means that his psychic center doesn’t get in its own way. It operates as if it wasn’t there. Chuang Tzu says that the highest form of man uses his shin like a...

2.4.1 Swimming Headless Part 1

This morning, I was giving you a talk on the fundamental basic attitudes expressed in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. The title of the book Tao, Te, Ching, introduces now the second word in the title. I’ve been dwelling this morning on the first word which is Tao. And...