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Teaching the Daode Jing$
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Gary Delany DeAngelis and Warren G. Frisina

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332704

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332704.001.0001

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The Dao and the Field

The Dao and the Field

Exploring an Analogy

Chapter:
(p.31) The Dao and the Field
Source:
Teaching the Daode Jing
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Gary D. DeAngelis (Contributor Webpage)

Warren G. Frisina (Contributor Webpage)

Robert G. Henricks

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332704.003.0004

For many years Robert Henricks has used the image of an untended field to help his students understand what the DDJ means by the Dao. Henrick's field is not a farmer's field but rather a natural field that is “barren and deserted in the winter but filled with a host of different wildflowers throughout the spring and summer.” This analogy leads naturally into discussion of such central Daoist themes as: the Dao's rhythmic cycles from tranquility to activity and back; the need to remain “rooted” in the Dao; the true nature of morality; and what the DDJ might mean by immortality.

Keywords:   Daode jing, Tao Te Ching, Laozi, Lao Tzu, Daoism, Taoism, Chinese religion, nature, yin and yang, tranquility and activity

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