Thursday, September 2, 2010

Lao Tzu

Francesco Sisci reviews a new biography "that deals with the other half of the Chinese soul, the darker and more ethereal side of the Chinese binary system of yin and yang" — Stillness conquers heat. "On one side sits the Confucian method and practical mind, and on the other towers the fascination with nature and mysteries harkened in the ancient cryptic verses of Laozi, a central figure in Taoism, who, according to Chinese tradition, lived in the 6th century BC."

"The way is the Chinese cosmic order, the closest thing China has to the god or gods of Judaic or Greek tradition," writes Mr. Sisci, reminding me of Hieromonk Damascene's Christ the Eternal Tao.

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