Be a Better and Happier You with Tao Wisdom
This book contains the whole script of the 81 short chapters of Lao Tzu’s immortal classic TAO TE CHING, which underlies his wisdom (also known as Tao wisdom). Understanding his profound wisdom helps you attain true human wisdom through asking self-intuitive questions, creating an empty mindset with reverse thinking to let go of the ego-self in order to become a better and happier you. Being better and happier is essential to living a life as if everything is a miracle. In order to do just that, you need how the human mind functions, and what true human wisdom really is, in particular, the wisdom of the ancient sage from China thousands of years ago.
Without any punctuation mark and in exactly 5,000 words, the language of the original text of Tao Te Ching is deliberately intriguing and even perplexing—one of the reasons why the book has become one of the most translated works in world literature. The version and translation of TAO TE CHING is in plain English, very easy to understand.
First and foremost, you must empty your mind of conditioned thinking, which is a common characteristic of the contemporary human mind. There was the well-known story of a professor visiting a Zen master to get more information about Zen, an ancient Asian philosophy evolved from Tao wisdom. The Zen master kept pouring tea into the overflowing teacup held by the professor, who had kept on talking. The moral of the story is that you must have an empty mind first before you can receive new and transformative ideas. Having an empty mind is surrendering your mind to transformation in order that you may think differently—a prerequisite for true human wisdom—or what Lao Tzu called “reverse thinking.”
With an empty mindset, you begin to ask different questions to find out who you really are, instead of who you wish you were, as well as what you need and not what you want from life. Understanding of self and others is the pathway to understanding humanity as a whole. Better understanding of humanity lets you acknowledge the destructive forces of anger and envy, bitterness and resentment, as well as many other negative emotions, and thereby instrumental in reducing their strength. Tao wisdom, which shows you the importance and necessity of embracing all and everything—the easy and the difficult, as well as the pleasant and the unpleasant. In life, difficult and unpleasant experiences not only train but also enhance you wisdom to let go of control—controlling your life, the people and the happenings around you. Tao wisdom teaches you not to pick and choose but to embrace anything and everything in life because any situation in life can make you become either a teacher or a student. Life is about anything and everything that you can learn from, and this is where true human wisdom comes from.
Understanding that anything is everything may also make you see things very differently. People and things do not exist independently. When there is long, there has to be short; they do not exist simply because of their own nature. Everything in life is not only relative but also related. Viewing any life situation—whether it is good or bad—with this profound human wisdom may help you see that anything is everything, In other words, any life situation is not under its own power but depends on many present causes and conditions, as well as many past causes and conditions; otherwise it could not have come into being. With this perspective, you can see much more of the whole picture, and thus you can see the reality of the situation.
To live your life as if everything is a miracle, you need wisdom in living. With wisdom, you may become a better and happier individual.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau