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!

18 thoughts on “Donna Quesada. Taoism/Daoism. WU WEI. Tao Te Ching. Chi. 5 of 9

  1. 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.

  2. @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.

  3. 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???

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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

  7. 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.

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