THE TAO

This page is dedicated to that Nameless and Formless Source of all things, seen and unseen, which Laozi called the Tao. But the old sage made it clear that Tao was not the actual name but the one he chose for literary purposes only. He settled on the word Tao, which means Way or Path because all things must follow the Way of their Nameless, Formless Source.

The selected readings and lectures below can give you a better insight into the Tao and its workings. So, relax and still your mind as you listen. Don’t try to interpret or consciously, willfully seek out something deep and profound. Let it come naturally on its own terms. Remember what you are seeking is what you are seeking with. Listen with your “heart,” letting the words sink to that place where all words disappear and meanings dissolve and the only language that exists there is the language of the soul – silence.

In the event that you did not read the INTRODUCTION on the Home Page, you should FIRST view the following Guided Meditation (Awakening the Mind) video by Alan Watts. It can help you to acquire the proper state of mind to begin your journey.

 

Alan Watts – Guided Meditation (Awakening the Mind)

 

Now that you are relaxed and attentive, view this introduction to the Tao Te Ching. It is the best one that I have heard.

 

 

This is the key to unlock the main principles of the Tao and Wu Wei. Short excerpt of an Alan Watts lecture; “Purposelessness.”

 

 

Alan Watts – Passivity as natural state /The primal ignorance/ – Tao/Taoism

 

Jason Gregory discusses Flow in relation to the Taoist concept of Wu-Wei

 

 

Alan Watts on the Yin and Yang – a short compiltation from 3 previous lectures (very interesting)

 

Edward Slingerland, Author “Trying Not to Try”

 

Daoism – University Religious Studies series

 

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