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26th Oct 2017: Daoism; How The World Works And How To Live In It by Jan Conway

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talks start from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to learn about the philosophy of Daoism


Title of talk:

Daoism; How The World Works And How To Live In It by Jan Conway


Yin Yang

Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

  • The Inevitability of Change
  • Nature mighty – Man tiny
  • Unending Cycles
  • Acceptance
  • Two choices
  • Balance
  • The Dao


A few paragraphs on your subject:

Daoism is one of the oldest philosophies there is.  It was written down in only five thousand Chinese characters by a respected teacher called Laozi (604-531 BCE) before he travelled to the West. Because the language it is written in is so ancient, scholars have made many different translations.  There are a few books in English but they are rather difficult.


A few paragraphs about you:

I have been teaching Chinese culture for fifty years and trying to practice Daoism all that time.  As the years have gone by I find it easier and easier to understand, and in recent years new discoveries in geology and astronomy have confirmed everything that Laozi taught.  I am at present writing a book which aims to present Daoism as a relevant, modern philosophy which many people will identify with. I am not writing for scholars but for the ordinary thinking person with no knowledge of Chinese.


What free internet knowledge resources would you recommend to others if they wish to explore your chosen theme further ?

I would recommend people to search for Daoism or Taoism, Laozi or Lao Tzu, Wu Wei, Yin and Yang, The Dao



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