Today Zensnacks is launching a series to take you on a tour of Tao Te Ching's best ideas, one from each of the 81 verses in the book, posted weekly as time permits.
Tao Te Ching is like a Cliff Notes summary of ancient Chinese wisdom complied by the mythical "Old Master" Lao Tsu around 2600 years ago. You wouldn't think it has much advice for 21st century Americans, but you'd be surprised. If you can get past the impenetrable mysticism of its language, you'll discover some radically useful ideas and values that apply very well to our society. Indeed, the age and foreignness of the text indicate that these lessons can be truly universal.
Zensnacks' TTC series is going to focus on ideas in the book that you can potentially try yourself. Experimenting with them is highly encouraged.
Quotes will be adapted from the 1972 translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, and from the 1992 translation by Stephen Mitchell.
Tao #1: How to Seek Without Seeking
Tao #2: Taking Credit