Ching Essays

  • Tao Te Ching Themes

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    The Tao Te Ching is a historic Chinese text that is famously known for its rich commentary on a variety of spiritual, ethical, and political topics. A couple themes that are touched in the Tao Te Ching typically deal with the notion of virtue, benevolence, and so forth. In this paper, I will examine four specific stanzas from the Tao Te Ching, illustrate the applicability and relevancy of themes such as materialistic possessions, inner peace, humility & accountability, & political leadership, and

  • Tao Te Ching Essay

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    wisdom down in what is known as the Tao Te Ching: The Classic Book of Integrity and the Way which has been translated into English by Victor H. Mair. The Tao Te Ching talks a lot about “integrity” and “nonaction.” These two words are not always found together, but they work closely with each other. The Chinese term te, or de, can be translated as “integrity” according to Mair or as “power” according to Mary P. Fisher, author of Living Religions. The Tao Te Ching describes wuwei as “noninterference”

  • Reflections on The Tao Te Ching

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    Reflections on The Tao Te Ching When the early Christians had to keep their faith against the persecutions of the Roman Empire, they had -- obviously -- a visible enemy. Once their religion was legalized and established, however, they had new questions to ask concerning who they were, what could hurt their souls and their way of life. Some of them, at least, concluded that the materialism of the dominant Roman way of life was a non-agressive, but equally corrosive force that would destroy them

  • The Tao-te Ching by Lao-Tzu and The Prince by Machiavelli

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    “The Tao-te Ching” by Lao-Tzu and “The Prince” by Machiavelli Throughout history, it can be argued that at the core of the majority of successful societies has stood an effective allocation of leadership. Accordingly, in their respective works “The Tao-te Ching” and “The Prince”, Lao-Tzu and Machiavelli have sought to reach a more complete understanding of this relationship. The theme of political leaders and their intricate relationship with society indeed manifests itself within both texts

  • Contentment In Tao Te Ching

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    “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” —Lao Tzu. Lao Tzu, the author of Tao Te Ching, tells the importance of contentment, which changes the way people look toward the world, and happiness comes upon with satisfaction. Dictionary explains that contentment means satisfaction. The verb tense of contentment, content, tells that this word

  • Daoist Doctrines Of Tao-Te Ching

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    Regarding the origins of Daoism is there is much scholarly debate. Hence, different sources provide diverse dates and have contrary opinions regarding the founder, Laozi, also translated as Lao Tsu. For instance, according to a translation of the Tao Te Ching, “Lao Tsu was an older contemporary of Confucius who lived during the six century BC.” (Tsu, 1972). Contrarily, in an Invitation to World Religions the account is that Laozi existed in the third century BC. (Brodd, Little, Nystrom, Platner, Sheck,

  • Tao Te Ching Book Report

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    Lao Tzu. His beliefs and views on this philosophical system were stated in Tao te Ching, which in English is interpreted as ‘The Classic book on the way of Virtue’. The book, which has very little known about its roots and creation, talks about what effect behaviours can have on an individual’s life, and how to prevent these behaviours from having negative consequences. For many people in the modern day, the Tao te Ching provides an insight into ‘the art of living’ and how to live in a world of peace

  • Moral Issues In Tao Te Ching

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    my test? His request makes me immediately uncomfortable and his subsequent pressing of the issue only makes me more so. So clearly I have an issue with his request. The problem ultimately boils down to a conflict of morality. I will use the Tao Te Ching, and Mans Search for

  • Leadership in Thoughts from the Tao-te-Ching and The Qualities of a Prince

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    Leadership in Thoughts from the Tao-te-Ching and The Qualities of a Prince Lao-Tzu’s “Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching” and Machiavelli’s “The Qualities of a Prince” both have the ultimate goal of making better leaders. The tactics that each writer chooses to present as a guide for the leader are almost opposite of each other. Today’s American government would benefit from a combination of the two extreme ideas. Lao-Tzu’s laissez-faire attitude towards the economy, as well as his small scale, home

  • Similarities Between Lao Tzu And Tao Te Ching

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    experiences: Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu and The Rumi Collection edited by Kabir Helminski. Being abstract and impersonal in nature, the Tao Te Ching offers the ultimate goal of finding simple oneness with the Tao. With the Tao being everything that exists and everything that doesn’t exist at the same time, finding peace both within yourself and with the Greater Being is what leads to a successful and fulfilled life. Meanwhile, Rumi takes a more personal and

  • Thoughts From the Tao-te Ching by Lao-Tzu

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    Thoughts From the Tao-te Ching by Lao-Tzu It was quoted in the "Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching" by Lao-Tzu, a notable writer who speaks much upon power and domination that, "there is no greater illusion than fear,/ no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,/ no greater misfortune than having an enemy" (26). This is an ingenious concept, yet we all face fear everyday, for many of us, it affects our way of life and the way we think and do things. What is fear triggered by anyways

  • The Mediation of The Concept of Balance in the Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu

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    The mediation of the concept of balance in the Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu; ‘The way’ is cluttered with constant imagery of contradictory views which are both compelling and insightful, through which we are taken on a journey, our final destination being the true meaning of life. In a world where we are all yearning for the meaning for life, true harmony and real balance it is no surprise that the Tao Te Ching is a very haunting piece of literature that holds the reader in an almost trans like state

  • Comparing Confucianism and Christianity

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    Comparing Confucianism and Christianity The premise of Confucian teachings are centered around the idea of Jen or the ³virtue of humanity (Ching 68).² To accomplish this divinity, five relationships must be honored: ruler and minister, father and son, husband and wife, elder and younger brother, and friend and friend (Hopfe). These relationships led a push for a revolution of the political system to adopt the methods of Jen. Confucius sought to revive the ancient Chinese culture by redefining

  • Amy Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife

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    themselves in the intricately woven story of a mother named Winnie, and a daughter named Pearl, and their struggles as Chinese-American women. Much of this story stems from Tan's love for her own mother, Daisy Ching, who gave birth to the brilliant Amy in 1952 in California. Daisy Ching, a great inspiration for this novel, has a vividly detailed recollection of her life in China which she shares with her daughter. Tan, in turn, shares some of this with her readers in The Kitchen God's Wife through

  • Hsun Ching’s Life Changing Journey

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    Hsun Ching’s Life Changing Journey The journey Hsun Ching would embark on began as nothing more than weight on his shoulders. Little did he know, it would be an expedition that would change his life forever. Not only changing his perspective on the world, but also life, his personality, and character. All the risks and sacrifices that Hsun Ching has to make during his journey are a very small price to pay for the positive benefits on his life. The journey not only revolutionizes his outlook on the

  • Feng Shui in the Far East

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    ” “While we can live weeks without food, without water we soon perish” (Chuen 14). The I Ching, or “Book of Changes” is an ancient Chinese divination manual and book of wisdom. It is a sacred text that ancestors of ancient China received through their meditative and spiritual practices. Made up of eight trigrams, or gua (kua) and sixty-four hexagrams (combinations of two trigrams) the symbols of the I Ching are known for its oracular qualities (Chuen 24). Each of the eight trigrams, or gua (kua)

  • Dandelion Wine

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    at the point in his life where he needs a nurse to take care of him. The Colonel is overjoyed to receive company. The Colonel regales Doug and two of his friends with stories of when he was younger. The Colonel shares stories such as the Civil War, Ching Ling Soo, and Pawnee Bill. After Doug had visited the Colonel he passed away that night. This is the first death Doug had to come to terms with. Doug was emotionally distraught, but learned that the Colonel died for what he believed in, happiness.

  • Tao Te Ching Analysis

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    title—Tao Te Ching? Is that just a name of a book title or a meaningful word? Based on the information from the internet, “Tao” means the “way” which is an attitude to live in the world. “Te” has multiple meanings which include strength, virtue and power. Lastly, “Ching” can mean “book” or “tone.” Knowing the meaning of the book title—Tao Te Ching, people can obtain a basic idea of what content will be discussed in a book. The religious and philosophical book Tao Te Ching is written

  • Lao-Te Ching Essay

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    “The Tao-te Ching is as much about good government as it is moral behavior.” (Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching 203.) The points Lao-tzu was trying to get across can be interpreted in many ways… But ultimately it resulted in a form of guidance given to us. Understanding how to be a good leader is beneficial to everyone. Good leadership is a great characteristic to have, and learning ways of minimizing the power you have as a leader is going to be the key to the Tao. Being able to identify the means

  • Lao Tzu

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    Born in the Chinese province of Henan, Lao Tzu lived from c. 604-c.531 BCE. He was a philosopher attributed with the writing of the Tao-Te-Ching and the reputed founder of Taoism. ("Tao" meaning the way of all life, "Te" meaning the fit use of life by all men, and "Ching" meaning text.) Lao Tzu was not his real name but rather an honorary title given to him by his followers meaning "Old Master". Lao Tzu believed that human life is constantly influenced by outer forces; not unlike everything else