TAO TEH CHING STUDY GUIDE


SOME QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER

What is the Tao?  What characterizes it?

How would you describe the nature of opposites and of relationships as portrayed in the Tao Teh Ching?

How would you begin to compare the themes of the Tao Teh Ching to the Bhagavad Gita?  To the Dhammapada?  To Hinduism?  To Buddhism?  To Confucianism?

What most surprised you about the Tao Teh Ching?

Are there particular passages that stand out for you?  Why?

What metaphors are used in the Tao Teh Ching?  How do these fit with the overall approach and themes?

To what extent does the Tao Teh Ching have a sense of the Divine?  Is there a concept of God embedded within the Tao Teh Ching?

What does this text have to say about society?  About ruling?  About the people?


 

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