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Tao General

This section contains a brief information relating to Tao, and when one thinks that according to Lao Tzu, it is impossible to describe the Tao, then this is by definition wrong!
However I have tried to include introductions to a number of subjects that are related to this topic. Including - Ying Yang, Feng-Shui and Tai Chi. I also hope to include a page on Chi at a later date.


Introduction to the Tao

This section contains both a primer, (understanding the Tao), and an introduction to the Tao.

Both of these are also available as more detailed pdf files for you to download:-

  1. Understanding the Tao pdf
  2. The Tao an Introduction pdf

Yin Yang

A brief introduction to the principles of Yin Yang, and why you should NOT assign the female or male principles to that specific gender, this is a common mistake of many who have simply heard or read that one is female and the other male.

The yin-yang symbol is probably one of the most used and misused symbols that has become popular in the western world to symbolize oneness.

Feng-Shui

Many books have sentences similar to the following: -
Once you have found a suitable location, made sure you are facing a supportive direction, you can then turn your attention to the interior!!! Are these writers serious?

In the two articles you will find a short overview of the principles of Feng Shui, and the home.

I will be incorporating some, (if not many) of the feng shui principles in the 'Lifestyles' section.

Tai Chi

The aim of Tai Chi is to foster a calm and tranquil mind, focusing on the movements and exercising control over ones self.

Tai Chi movements have their origins in the martial arts, and practicing Tai Chi does have some martial art applications.
For many practitioners the focus in practicing Tai chi is not first and foremost martial art orientated, but a meditative exercise for the body, for others the combat aspects of Tai Chi are of interest.

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What is the Tao.

Many people have heard of Yin/Yang, Feng-Shui, the Chinese ‘five element’ style of cooking or the Sholin ‘way’, but how many realise that they all originate from Taoism?

The Tao is outside existence and non-existence.
Existence is something for people, who need words.
The Tao needs no words.
It is as silent as a flower.
Words come through the Tao.
But the Tao needs no words.

Lao Tzu, Tao-te-Ching (circa. 500b.c)

Taoism is not religion, esoteric, a magical ‘cure all’, an escape from reality (though many would like us to think it is), but more a lifestyle philosophy which helps us to ‘try’ and live in harmony with ourselves, our environment, remove stress, it helps to gives us more energy and also helps the body and soul to reduce the tensions than exist in everyday life.

I hope that what you will find here in these pages, will help you to a better understanding of the Tao, or even just the various individual subjects that have come to be more widely known.

If you enjoy reading through these pages, please feel free to send me comments or suggestions regarding your own thoughts concerning them.

If you would like information concerning anything connected with the Tao or Taoism in general to be included in these pages, please contact me with your suggestion.


The Taoist is someone who does not seek what is missing, more someone who enjoys what they have.

It is easy to follow the way of the Tao, but the Tao is difficult to explain. Any attempt to understand the Tao, is comparable to trying to catch hold of the wind…

What is the Tao?

First and foremost, let me say Tao cannot be described as a religion, but is more a ‘life style’ philosophy, and unlike religions where there may or may not be a mystical side, Taoism is pure mystic.
As far back as one can record people have always asked the question ‘how/why did it all begin’? One sees that they live now but must also admit that one day they will also die. The unspoken question faces everyone sooner or later, and that is to know if there is a reason for being here. One searches the universe for an answer and finally may acknowledge that there appears to be no answer. From the beginning one faces a vacuum of knowledge from the great schools of philosophy, and even from the religions that span continents.

As for the Tao:

To most western thinking people, probably the most difficult thing to understand is that the Tao is not composed of opposites as we are taught by classic western thinking, but instead everything is complementary. One example of this is with ‘yin and yang’, many western thinking people who have heard that one is male and the other female, then go on to assign the attributes to males OR females exclusively, (this is incorrect, but the subject of yin and yang will be dealt with separately).

The problem with the Tao is that the Taoist never says that the Tao exists, so one need not spend the time or the trouble trying to prove that the Tao exists. Unlike the classic religions/beliefs where there has been many arguments, wars, fights and suffering simply over whether or not, (this or that) god exists, the Taoists simply sit there quiet and comfortable in the knowledge that they must not trouble themselves with the question, ‘does the Tao exist’, and for this reason the Taoist is more concerned with enjoying the fruits of the Tao.

The Taoist is not comparable with an agnostic, but is completely different in the fact that the they do not even question if the Tao exists or not, and should someone ask about its existence, they would see the question as complete nonsense, irrelevant and even ‘odd’, and should they even think over the question, may think, “when something has no meaning, why spent the time trying to give it a meaning”, but they are more likely to say nothing or simply say “it’s the Tao”.

And should you ask a Zen master if the Tao exists, then expect to be looked upon with pity.

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