The Tao Te Ching

Photograph of Lao Tzu Statue in Quanzhou, China

Statue of Lao Tzu in Quanzhou, China

Taoism is the mysticism that is indigenous to China. It predates Christianity by at least five hundred years in terms of its first written source. Taoist teachings are attributed to a Chinese sage called Lao Tzu. They are compiled and written in a manuscript known as the Tao Te Ching.

The late Alan Watts, a modern-day mystic of the last century, provides a very good introduction to Taoism in his following lecture.

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Taoism is perhaps the simplest, clearest, most concise, and the noblest expression of the mystical teaching.

Yin and Yang Image

Yin and Yang

It rises readily above the moral duality that typically plagues western systems of spirituality. Instead of opposing forces or powers, the Taoist teachings speak of the complementary Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) principles inherent in the unitary essence of the Tao. Light and darkness are not conflicting or opposite forces to Taoism. Rather they are the playful expressions of the Tao by which the light is made plainly visible by the darkness.

      The Tao
      that can be told
      is not
      the eternal Tao.

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Below are audiobooks of the Tao Te Ching manuscript.

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