The Natural Way

Select the following link to watch a short video with highlights of the Tao Te Chinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?t=74&v=qPfh-isxqqU

Do a little research using the search engine of your choice and find out the history and legend of the Tao Te Ching.

To get you started in your research, here is the introductory essay preceding Wing-Tsit Chan’s translation of the Tao Te Ching, excerpted from Chapter 7, “The Natural Way of Lao Tzu,” from Wing-Tsit Chan’s A Sourcebook in Chinese Philosophy: Wing-Tsit Chan’s introduction to the Tao Te Ching.pdf 

Select the following link to explore the text of the Tao Te Ching with the complete English Translation by Wing-Tsit Chan: http://terebess.hu/english/tao/chan.html

(For those who are curious about Wing-Tsit Chan, here is some information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wing-tsit_Chan)

Choose a passage that you find meaningful.

In one paragraph, explain your understanding of the history and legend of the Tao Te Ching based upon your research.

In another paragraph, cite the passage you selected, summarize the contents of your particular passage, and provide your interpretation of the meaning of your passage in its context of the larger work.

In a final paragraph, reflect on any comparisons to other literary or religious texts you have encountered and describe the experience of your encounter with the Tao Te Ching.

(Combined, these three paragraphs should be roughly one page in length.)