The Resonant Soul: The Deep Wisdom of The Tao Te Ching
January 25-27 (Friday–Sunday)
Tuition: $150 (plus the cost of meals and lodging)
Five hundred years before Christ, the legendary Chinese sage Lao Tzu composed a poetic and profound text known as the Tao Te Ching. It’s eighty-one short wisdom sayings come down to us with an uncommon elegance that crystalize a deep feminine philosophy on such perennial matters as power, happiness, and the source of meaning. Written down at a time of great chaos in ancient China, it is gaining wider recognition in our own time of challenge.
We will begin with the origins of The Tao as it was initially expressed in its sister book, The I Ching, that dates back to around 3,000 BCE. Of the same linage, both cannons, or “Ching” in Chinese, spring from the mystery beyond the mystery. After learning the mythic story of how the text of The Tao came to be, we will then explore several of the core verses, reading, discussing, and contemplating. We will bring each verse we encounter into a time of silent meditation so that the meaning of the text resonates more fully.
Themes inherent in The Tao we will explore include the present moment, the play of opposites, accepting what is, recovering our true nature, effortless effort, flexibility, letting go and the next step. In greater alignment with this ultimate source, our lives are carried by and become actualizers of the ever flowing current of life.
If you have a translation of The Tao, or two, bring it. Handouts of all discussed verses will be provided.
“It is the profound modesty of the language that offers what so many people for so many centuries have found in this book: a pure apprehension of the mystery of which we are part.” – Maria Popova
“It is the most lovable of all the great religious texts, funny, keen, kind, modest, indestructibly outrageous, and inexhaustibly refreshing. Of all the deep springs, this is the purest water. To me, it is also the deepest spring.“ – Ursula K. Le Guin
Join us as we drink from this very deep spring.
About Ronald Moor
Ron Moor has been a student of The Tao Te Ching for over 25 years. He has led a weekly Taoist discussion and meditation group of The Tao for over 20 years. For over 35 years Ron has served as an ordained interfaith minister, a hands-on energy practitioner, personal growth teacher and spiritual guide. He has served three spiritual communities, most recently Spirit United in St. Paul, Minnesota.
There was something formless and perfect
Before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the Mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.
Tao Te Ching, Verse 25