Donna Quesada. Taoism/Daoism. WU WEI. Tao Te Ching. Chi. 5 of 9

Donna Quesada. Taoism/Daoism. WU WEI. Tao Te Ching. Chi. 5 of 9

Donna Quesada from Santa Monica College – Lecture on the Chinese philosophy of Taoism. Feb. 5, 2009. Part 5-of-9.–Follow Prof Quesada on Twitter!

  1. bloodandbones9Mar 18, 2011

    Try a good Chi-Kung course before this course.

  2. Jahrass7Mar 18, 2011

    To all those who think Taoism is about being “calm” and “slow”, you’re quite wrong.
    Real Taoism is mental/physical and “spiritual” if you want to use that word conditioning.
    Taoist do MORE than philosophize. There are Taoist exercises that can do amazing things. They are all “easy” to learn and VERY demanding to practice.
    Wu Wei isn’t “being calm” it’s being NATURAL.
    Most people are so unnatural they wouldn’t know nature if they slept in a tree.
    Do more than read, learn Taoist Arts.

  3. dabanhfreakMar 18, 2011

    @milomaliciouz boom

  4. aperezNWOMar 18, 2011

    @milomaliciouz Hi. I am interested in Taoism because from my non-spiritual point of view I saw it as the greatest power of the Universe. The bad news is that such power has his own will but not the ours.

  5. milomaliciouzMar 18, 2011

    my philosophy of life is to enjoy every second of it, so if i get into taoism that means i cant enjoy every second of it since taoism is about being calm and to take things slowly???

  6. milomaliciouzMar 18, 2011

    @aperezNWO im colombian too why are u interested in taoism?

  7. aperezNWOMar 18, 2011

    Please excuse me, but you dont reveal 42 but 24! ….

    A hug from Colombia.

  8. frozenstrawbsMar 18, 2011

    wu wei- the function of wisdom

  9. pigvomit83Mar 18, 2011

    Professor Quesada,
    I am beginning practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan and the statement you said at 1:13 “i do not resist the movement but i move with it…” is one of the more important principals of the Internal Martial Arts.

    In my opinion, tai chi is the child of Daoist philosophy in that the dao “the way” is being able to let go of resistance, or maybe nature, and being able to adapt , or change, to move more easily with it, or nature.

  10. bmlsurfMar 19, 2011

    Great teaching- The Tao is hard to teach especially because the Tao is meant not to be taught or talked about?
    “those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know.” (S. Mitchell 56) Funky concept for a teacher

  11. livefrom614Mar 19, 2011

    Bien hecho! I love the examples. They definitely help bridge the translation gap in describing wu wei.

  12. redindygoMar 19, 2011

    that is so true- the beauty of things here is everything is ephemeral. (^^,)

  13. bananartistaMar 19, 2011

    quite creativity 🙂

  14. bg24955Mar 19, 2011

    Id like to point out Lao zis audiences are rich feudal lords – someone who is highly educated, borne with privileges, never pay taxes, order Chinese niggers do this or that every day. After exhausted all human pleasure, experienced all the excess, and went to war several times for trivial reasons, you would find the true meaning of wu wei.

  15. yzz1979Mar 19, 2011

    The swimming practice is a very good example to explain 无为。

  16. jaybutasMar 19, 2011

    be like water

  17. profquesadaMar 19, 2011

    That is very sweet – thanks for watching! DQ

  18. mushfiq55Mar 19, 2011

    Nice lecture….the professor’s enthusiasm is contagious!

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