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How do you approach the Tao Te Ching...?

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There are some people who study the Tao Te Ching for spiritual reasons; and some want to learn the true Taoist philosophy and the true sayings of the TTC. IMO People who study for spiritual reasons may interpret the Tao Te Ching any way they want to for their personal needs. However, for those who has a purpose of learning the true meaning of the classic text, how would you go about learning the TTC...??? What is your approach...???

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I suppose it is a given that I discuss the TTC for the life philosophy guidance it offers.

 

What is your approach...???

 

Talk with people like you and others.

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There are some people who study the Tao Te Ching for spiritual reasons; and some want to learn the true Taoist philosophy and the true sayings of the TTC. IMO People who study for spiritual reasons may interpret the Tao Te Ching any way they want to for their personal needs. However, for those who has a purpose of learning the true meaning of the classic text, how would you go about learning the TTC...??? What is your approach...???

 

Experience it through practice...

 

Hate dogma, and those that study to be 'superior'.

 

John

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IMO People who study for spiritual reasons may interpret the Tao Te Ching any way they want to for their personal needs.

 

This has been happening to all texts since reading and writing began. Even oral traditions were interpreted differently, throughout time. Once the author of an original text is dead, and hitherto did not say any more explaining their "true meaning", then that true meaning is lost and can only be discussed to create meaning. Think of how the Christian bible has been edited, or "translated" (all translations are interpretations).

 

I recall Hesse being disappointed in the preface to Steppenwolf, that hippies (decades after the book being published) co-opted his works for an excuse to do drugs, instead as seeing the wisdom in existential crisis and spiritual transformation. Even writers of the last century, when we have recordings of interviews with them-- we still do not know if a hidden "true meaning" or motive is active. Were Huxley and Orwell warning the masses of the future, or writing a blueprint for the leaders of the future?

 

Everything created is subjective; either by intention or not.

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Experience it through practice...

 

Hate dogma, and those that study to be 'superior'.

 

John

 

How do you know that you are experiencing Tao....???

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