LAO TZU'S TAO TE CHING: Soul Journeying Commentaries: A Sojourning Pilgrims Rendering of 81 Spirit Soul Passages

LAO TZU'S TAO TE CHING: Soul Journeying Commentaries: A Sojourning Pilgrims Rendering of 81 Spirit Soul Passages

by Raymond Bart Vespe

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Overview

The Tao Te Ching is a principal text of the ancient Spiritual tradition of Chinese Taoism. It is a compilation of 81 wisdom sayings attributed to Lao Tzu, the old boy/philosopher/Master, written down over two-thousand years ago and which has since undergone hundreds of translations, commentaries, adaptations and applications. Tao Te Ching maxims originally were wise counsel given by Taoist sages to feudal rulers on how to harmoniously and peacefully live their lives, order their states and govern their peoples at a time period in Chinese history of pervasive socio-political conflict and upheaval. The wisdom sayings have become universally meaningful and perennially relevant guidelines for enlightened leadership, Spiritual awakening and Soulful living.

The present work is an original rendering of the Tao Te Ching, the title of which is typically translated as The Way Virtue/Power Classic but is here rendered as Spirit Soul Passages. The Ultimate Reality of Tao is interpreted as Spirit and its Virtuosity/Te is interpreted as our embodied Spirit, inner Spirit-nature or Human Soul. The textual maxims and their Soul-journeying commentaries and meditations are considered as some passages we human beings can make on our Soul-journeying from being ego-identified to identifying with/as Spirit and Soul and which are relevant, meaningful and useful for some dynamic-kinetic energetic aspects of Soul-work, Soul-making and the enSouling process throughout our human life course, life cycle and life span.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587904295
Publisher: Regent Press Printers & Publishers
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Ray Vespe received his B.A. Psychology degree from Cornell University (1958), M.S. Clinical Psychology degree from Case Western Reserve University (1959) and Ph.D. Counseling Psychology degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies (1986). He has educated, trained, supervised, counseled and mentored graduate students in the Integral Counseling Psychology program at CIIS (1972-1990), the Transpersonal Psychology program at the California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (1977-1979) and the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program at John F. Kennedy University (1978-1990). Ray has worked in a wide variety of inpatient, outpatient, agency and group treatment settings and was Clinical Director of the Integral Counseling Center (1975-1978/1982-1990), San Leandro Community Counseling (1990-1992) and Marin Treatment Center (1992-2004). He has been a student and practitioner of Tao and numerous Spiritual traditions and disciplines for sixty-three years, has engaged in psychotherapy work for fifty-eight years and has maintained a licensed private counseling practice for forty-five of those years. Ray is currently retired and living in Sonoma County, California.

Table of Contents

Dedication . . . x

Acknowledgements . . . xi

Characters/Lao Tzu . . . 1

Prologue . . . 3

Introduction . . . 5

Character/Ch’i . . . 15

Character/Tao . . . 25

Character/Te . . . 31

Integration of Soul . . . 37

Character/Ching . . . 41

Bipolar Experiential Passages . . . 44

Characters/Hsuan/Miao . . . 63

The Passages

Characters/Wu/T’ai/Chi . . . 83

The Passages

Characters/T’ien/Ti . . . 103

The Passages

Characters/Hun/P’o . . . 123

The Passages

Characters/Shen/Shen . . . 143

The Passages

Characters/Sheng/Hsin . . . 163

The Passages

Characters/Ling/Lu . . . 183

The Passages

Characters/Yu/Pan/P’eng/Yu . . . 203

The Passages

Characters/Kuei/Hsiang . . . 223

The Passages

Characters/I/Tz’u/Ju/Che . . . 243

Appendixes

Notes . . . 275

Glossary . . . 281

Epilogue 1 . . . 284

Epilogue 2 . . . 287

Coda . . . 291

References . . . 294

About the Author . . . 296

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