First week of August, 2007

N.B. The daily taoist is away for the week.

It is easy to keep from walking; the hard thing is to walk without touching the ground. It is easy to cheat when you work for men, but hard to cheat when you work for Heaven. You have heard of flying with wings, but you have never heard of flying without wings. You have heard of the knowledge that knows, but you have never heard of the knowledge that does not know. Look into that closed room, the empty chamber where brightness is born! Fortune and blessing gather where there is stillness. But if you do not keep still - this is what is called 'sitting but racing around.' Let your ears and eyes communicate with what is inside, and put mind and knowledge on the outside. Then even gods and spirits will come to dwell, not to speak of men! This is the changing of the ten thousand things, the bond of Yu and Shun, the constant practice of Fu Hsi and Chi Ch'u. How much more should it be a rule for lesser men!
-- Zhuangzi

sites of interest

a list of translations of the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) available on the web

translations of the book by Zhuang-zi (Chuang-tzu)

several histories of Daoist thought and thinkers as well as links to religious Daoism sites

some bibliographies of Chinese texts, both real and virtual - and in Chinese!

several chat rooms, newsgroups, and mailing lists for communicating with other people interested in daoism

some (favorite) Daoism homepages with definitions, stories, resources, personal reflections, and links to even more sites

the philosophy and naturalism of Daoism have influenced the arts of China throughout their evolution

the influence of Daoism on Buddhism in China led to the Buddhist sect Ch'an, better known through its Japanese incarnation, Zen.

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