The Daode Jing (Tao-te Ching) has been called ‘the bible of Daoism’, a blend of folk-beliefs, homely wisdom, religion and mythology which pervades old China. Less orthodox than Buddhism, more allowing than Confucius, its ideas of interconnectivity, peaceful co-existence, inner nourishment, and self-responsibility are surprisingly being recognized as the hallmark of the contemporary world . Buried in its pages are a science of Qigong, and the practice of inner quiet. At barely 5000 words, its influence has been quite disproportionate…….
Tao (or Dao) is the Way, method, skill: the Te, inner virtue, power or energy.
This work instructs one in inward cultivation. It is also a spiritual tract, giving veiled instruction in breath-control and meditative practice; as well as a treatise on government and personal behavior. Philosophy in China was concerned with how to live; how to be a good ruler over the people. It never saw much need in being speculative, metaphysical. They were so busy living!…(from introduction)