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The Tao - Online Intensive

Agora Foundation Online Intensive - The Tao

What is the true way of nature? Of human action?

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and Earth.
The named is the mother of the ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one sees the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.

The Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text traditionally credited to the 6th-century BC sage Lao Tzu. The text's authorship, dates of composition and of compilation are debated. The oldest excavated portion dates back to the late 4th century BC. Chuang Tzu was an influential Chinese philosopher who lived around the 4th century BC during the Warring States period, a period corresponding to the summit of Chinese philosophy, the Hundred Schools of Thought. He is credited with writing a work known by his name, the Zhuangzi, which is one of the foundational texts of Taoism.

We invite you to join us for this eight-week online course, taking place on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30PM Pacific Time, as we explore one of the most translated works in world literature... and one of the most profound. We will be concerned with trying to understand the Way, and how it is expressed by virtue through naturalness and non-action. All reading materials (in English translation) will be supplied and sessions will be facilitated by tutors experienced in shared inquiry and the Socratic method. Groups will be limited to 14 participants and no prior knowledge is required. Teachers will be offered 2 CEU credits for participation as requested.  


This Eight-Week Series is $275. 
Community of Lifelong Learners subscribers
receive a discount of $50 through a refund.

The Tao - Online Intensive​ - Dates and Curriculum

April 21 - June 9, 2022

Session One: Thursday, April 21 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

Tao Te Ching - Chapters 1-12


Session Two: Thursday, April 28 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

Tao Te Ching - Chapters 12-20


Session Three: Thursday, May 5 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

Tao Te Ching - Chapters 20-38


Session Four: Thursday, May 12 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

Tao Te Ching - Chapters 38-60


Session Five: Thursday, May 19 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

Tao Te Ching - Chapters 61-81


Session Six: Thursday, May 26 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

Chuang Tzu - The Inner Chapters - Wandering Boundless and Free, A Little Talk About Evening Things Out


Session Seven: Thursday, June 2 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

Chuang Tzu - The Inner Chapters - To Care for This Life, The Human Realm


Session Eight: Thursday, June 9 - 5:30-7:30PM PDT

Chuang Tzu - The Inner Chapters - The Talisman of Integrity Replete, The Great Ancestral Master, The Way of Emperors and Kings

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