7 Laozi - Laozi February 5 2008 • Dao/Tao path...

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Unformatted text preview: Laozi February 5, 2008 • Dao/Tao: path, road ,highway • Daoist: someone who follows the teachings of Daoism • Laozi: old master --> Lee Dan o Lived during time of Confucius o Legend: consulted by Confucius o Left book as a sign of payment before leaving China • Book: full of paradoxes and poetry; different from Confucius' philosophy • Dao de Jing: Way Virtue Classic • Heaven is impersonal; the way of operating o Has a beginning and end o Same with earth • Way: Has no dimensions: size, shape, weight o No beginning of end • Dao is greater than heaven and earth o Is the way that earth and heaven came into being • Way has no definition; no name o Transcends the limitations of time o No consciousness, awareness, indifferent o No will, humaneness (or lack of humanity), desire o Cannot be prayed to; no response o Resembles a mother that gives birth: nurturing •...
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2008 for the course EALC 110g taught by Professor Hayden during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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7 Laozi - Laozi February 5 2008 • Dao/Tao path...

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