Saturday, March 31, 2012

April 27 -- Tao te Ching (Dao De Jing) by Lao-tsu

We will discuss the Tao Te Ching (Pronounced Dao De Jing or Daodejing) which is a classic Chinese text that dates from around the 6th century BC. Its name comes from the opening words of its two sections: dào "way," Chapter 1, and dé "virtue/power," Chapter 38, plus jīng "classic." According to tradition, it was written around the 6th century BC by the sage Laozi (or Lao Tzu, "Old Master"), a record-keeper at the Zhou Dynasty court. The text's true authorship and date of composition or compilation are still debated, although the oldest excavated text dates back to the late 4th century BC. The text is fundamental to the Philosophical and religious Taoism (pronounced and also spelled Daoism).

The book isn't very long (about 50 pages) so it shouldn't take too much time to read.

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Library, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Time: 7:00 PM