Chuang Tzu Translation and Commentary When you break something up, you create things. When you create something, you destroy things. Material things have no creation or destruction. Ultimately these concepts connect as one. How can these diametrically opposite concepts be Continue reading Creation and Destruction
Chuang Tzu Translation and Commentary This passage is a description of small-minded people. It is an example of what not to be. Great knowledge is broad and encompassing Small knowledge is detailed and meticulous Great talk is powerful and forceful Continue reading Great and Small
During the Warring States Period, the King of Zhao was well known as a devotee of sword fighting. Swordsmen flocked to him, and about three thousand of them were granted residence at the palace. They battled one another every day Continue reading The Three Swords
Question: How do you gracefully leave a flailing party early, without causing the rest of the crowd to abandon ship with you? Answer: Although people may associate the Tao with the mystical or metaphysical, it is actually a practical philosophy Continue reading Social Graces
Three Surprising Lessons from Ancient Masters Start by managing your relationship with yourself. The ancient masters taught that you must first bring harmony into your heart before you can bring harmony into your home. Similarly, you must master your relationship Continue reading The Tao of Relationships
Question: What is the Tao? Answer: Tao (pronounced “dao”) means literally “the path” or “the way.” It is a universal principle that underlies everything from the creation of galaxies to the interaction of human beings. The workings of Tao are Continue reading What is the Tao?
Question: Derek, I am a beginner when it comes to the Tao. While I enjoy learning the concepts from your books, I don’t always know how to apply them. For instance, I recently lost my job because the winds of Continue reading Dealing With Setbacks
Once upon a time in ancient China, there was a legendary monarch by the name of Yao. One day, he traveled to the Hua region, where he came across a local man. The man said to him: “Greetings, great sage! Continue reading Three Auspicious Wishes