Tao Te Ching Quotes by Lao Tzu
Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way
Tao Te Ching
The I Ching is an ancient and beautiful Chinese oracle that has been helping people and answering their questions for some 3, years. Reading the Tao Te Ching and the I Ching together, it seems that Lao Tzu must have known and loved the tradition of the ancient oracle. The two books spring from the same world - the same traditions, and the same way of being. The Tao is the way. To move with it is to be in harmony with the nature of the time, fitting with it as smoothly as flowing water. This was not an abstract, metaphysical idea for the early Chinese: both in the regular cycles of farming and in the changing dynamics of contemporary politics, it was a present necessity.
Taoism and The I Ching
A very early system of symbols is found in the I Ching , considered to be an ancient text even among the Chinese themselves, who boast a very long recorded history. Among other things, the "I," as it is known, is a treatise on the practice of divination, or foretelling the future. When discussing Chinese philosophy it is difficult to avoid turning to the I Ching. In the same way that mythology sparks both the imagination and the intellect, so, too, does the "I. For this reason, it is one of the most consulted and commented on books ever written. To those who understand it, it is certainly one of the most cherished.
The text's authorship, date of composition and date of compilation are debated. The Tao Te Ching , along with the Zhuangzi , is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism. It also strongly influenced other schools of Chinese philosophy and religion , including Legalism , Confucianism , and Buddhism , which was largely interpreted through the use of Taoist words and concepts when it was originally introduced to China. Many artists, including poets , painters , calligraphers , and gardeners , have used the Tao Te Ching as a source of inspiration. Its influence has spread widely outside East Asia and it is among the most translated works in world literature.