“Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can have a word with him?” -Zhuangzi

Taoism is, in a way, the anti-religion. Its very existence is a philosophical counter-punch to the jaw of the saintly pomp of most religions. Zhuangzi (widely regarded as one of the greatest Taoist minds) once told curious man that if he wanted to find the Tao, he should go take a close look at the nearest pile feces.

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As for the point of Zhuangzi’s poop story– if the questions you’re asking aren’t about making your way through every day life with full reverence and appreciation for each bite of food, puff of air and pile of dog shit you encounter, you’re missing the point.

Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 7.29.32 PMOf course, there’s more to Taoism than cartoonish stories about excrement. One look at the patriarchal text of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching will make that clear. It’s 5,000 words worth of paradoxical riddle-like poems that sometimes seem to contradict themselves. Though brief, tackling the treatise is quite a challenge. That’s why we’re talking to the great Daniele Bolelli.

Daniele is a professor, author and podcaster who lives and breathes Taoism. His brilliant, original and highly entertaining Taoist lecture series is a must listen for anyone with even a passing interest in the subject. 

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