Karine Martin presents a talk on wuwei (non-doing) for the British Daoist Association. Recorded on 2 August 2020:
In this session we will read chapter 25 of the Laozi which begins with a description of the Dao in its undifferentiated state. We will consider the various interpretations of this passage and what it contributes to our understanding of the Dao. The discussion will also focus on the term ziran (natural, spontaneous, self-so). [...]
Karine Martin (Jingxiu 景秀) will present an informal talk on the topic of wuwei, non-doing, one of the essential principles of Daoism. This will be followed by a question and answer session. About Karine Karine Martin is the founder and Chairman of the French Daoist Association. She began her Daoist cultivation with Shi Jing, [...]
Laozi reading group (22 July): The potency of the valley and the simplicity of uncarved wood – chapter 28
In chapter 28 we will encounter several ideas and images that are distinctive features of the Daode jing. One of these is the concept of de (virtue, potency, power), which forms part of the title of the text and represents the manifestation of the Dao in individual beings and things. Related to de is [...]
A new reading group studying the Laozi is now up and running. The latest meeting is now full but members interested in future sessions can contact us to express their interest. Further details can be found on the Reading Group page.
In this session we explore the different ways of approaching the Laozi with a focus on chapter 1. We consider this in light of what the text says about the limitations of words and language and the issues of naming and knowledge: The Dao that can be spoken of is not the constant Dao [...]