Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tao Te Ching

Cover picture from Amazon
Harmony by non-action.


Lao Tzu, mystic philosopher of ancient China.


[...] a Chinese classic text [...] fundamental to the Philosophical Daoism and strongly influenced other schools. This ancient book is also central in Chinese religion, not only for Religious Daoism but Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Daoist words and concepts. (source: Wikipedia)

It is the classic manual on the art of living. In 81 short, poetic chapters, the book looks at the basic predicament of being alive and teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao, or the basic principle of the universe. (source: Bookhills)

Tao: the way


Not praising the worthy prevents contention,
Not esteeming the valuable prevents theft,
Not displaying the beautiful prevents desire.
    --chapter 3


Bought and read it in Mumbai, sent to Belgium by courier and given to my ex-employer as a parting gift when I decided to move to Ghana.


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