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January 8th, 2005

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12:01 pm - Tao Te Ching
Quoted:here and a favorite of mine.
From the Introduction

"Lao Tsu and Taoism:
Lao Tsu, and oder contemporary of Confucius, was keeper of the imperial archives at Loyang in the province of Honan in the sixth century B.C. All his life he taught that "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao"; but, according to ancient legend, as he was riding off into the desert to die-sick at the ways of men-he was persuaded by a gatekeeper in northwestern China to write down his teaching for posterity.
The essence of Taoism is contained in the eighty-one chapters of the book-roughly 5.000 words-which have for 2,500 years provided one of the major underlying influences in Chinese thought and culture, emerging also in proverbs and folklore. Whereas Confucianism is concerned with day-to-day rules of conduct, Taoism is concerned with a more spiritual level of being."

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