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 Post subject: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
PostPosted: Thu, 10 Mar 2011, 23:13 
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Wow! Nothing here in the Wellbeing forum for almost a year...

There are many translations and even more interpretations of the Tao (the Way). Here are a few versions of the Tao Te Ching, the earliest Tao book, on video:

Tao te Ching (pt.1) by justbernard. There are at least 3 parts. It is a straight reading of a translation. I don't know whether all the chapters of the Tao Te Ching are given (don't worry, a "chapter" is only a few lines - however they can be contemplated endlessly.) Click on the description to read the chapters.

The Tao Te Ching by AnnakaRae. This has a few phrases, set to music and images.

Dr. Wayne Dyer: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Dr. Wayne Dyer. This chap has a book (and CD) to sell. He is a professional 'life coach' so I don't know how reliable his 'translation' and interpretation is - for instance he says Lao Tze was a person (but no details known about who he was), but others say that the name, "Old Master", just covers the wisdom of several/many people. However, his discussion of it is enlightening, but I'm sure it would have been even more interesting if he had been "living the Tao" for more than a year.

I'm getting a few translated versions of the Tao Te Ching - not Dr Wayne Dyer's, not yet anyway (although the CD sounds interesting for in-car or meditative listening) - and am looking forward to opening them.

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I haven't studied the Tao Te Ching but I've come across Taoist articles in Resurgence which always impress with their wisdom and pragmatism. Like this snippet from Chungliang Al Huang:

"I think all the thoughtful people in the world are looking for ways to honour each other. We have to be able to respect the cultural heritages of others and know that in essence we're all the same: we are all looking for ways of being that are more tolerant, wiser and more knowledgeable. In China we don't call things like Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism religions like we do in the West. We don't become a Buddhist or Taoist to limit ourselves. We embrace the best from all of them as a life philosophy"

If you're a little dubious about Dr Dyer, might be worth checking him out as he's regarded as a modern sage and his foundation is a non-profit educational one - website: https://www.livingtao.org

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 Post subject: Re: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
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Thanks for the link Clare.

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