Taoist Philosophy

Taoism has to do with flowing with the Tao (Dao) – a word translated to English as “The Way,” and has to do with “the natural flow of things,” the “course of nature.” Because of this, Tao is sometimes called “The Watercourse Way.” Water is used as a representation of Tao because it always seeks the path of least resistance. It does not compete; it simply flows, finding the easiest path and following it, yet it will carve through rocks, run around steel or anything which resists it. Water does so simply through the power of its flowing nature. Tao is at the core of many Kung Fu martial arts systems.

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