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Deeper meanings of the Tao Te Ching made simple.

In 81 brief, truly nondenominational chapters, the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu outlines the pitfalls of being alive while also offering us a path to successful navigation. 

According to Lao Tzu, the root problem of humanity is that we attempt to swim against the tides of life instead of aligning our efforts with its own. As a result, we struggle needlessly. Work in tune with the universe, not against it, and the struggle ends, says Lao Tzu.

This approach is both practical and spiritual, for in following Lao Tzu’s advice, a person’s life can not only become simpler and easier, but it can also become a path to higher knowledge. Find and enter the intelligence in charge of the flow of life and spirit becomes evident in even the most mundane of activities.

This is my second translation of the Tao Te Ching. The first (Tao Te Ching 101) was written as a beginner’s guide for a friend who grew up in a strict religious household where denominations, religions, and philosophies other than the family’s own were not allowed. This translation goes a bit deeper.

Notice that great works such as this one have many depths to their meanings. In fact, the meanings found in the verses of works such as the Tao Te Ching tend to change depending on the circumstances of the individual reading them. Join me and see where these verses find you now.

"It is here, now, staring you right in the face. You can find it whenever you’re ready." (Lao Tzu)

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©2020 Matthew Barnes (P)2020 Matthew Barnes

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Awesome. I’ve read a few books by this author. Great explanations of the core principles.