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Keeping You Informed Of Chinese Culture In Colorado Springs

Newsletter  January 2024| Issue 2024-01

Chinese Culture: Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism

Like many cultures in the world, the Chinese culture is rooted and shaped by some fundamental ideas across time and space. Three dominant philosophies: Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, not only helped establish political and societal structures in China over the past two thousand years, but also helped create traditions, arts, music, literature, and diverse lifestyles among people.

In future newsletters, the Editor will share the main ideas of these three philosophies and their influence on Chinese culture. We will start with Taoism.


Tao (道)(pronounced /dao/) means "the way" in Chinese. The ancient Chinese character of Tao (image below) shows there could be many ways to interpret "the way". Taoists believe that Tao provides the ultimate way to the universal truth, just as Marvel's Mandalorian always says, "This is the way."

There is no better way to understand Taoism than by reading the original text by Laozi, the author of Tao Te Ching (the Classic of Tao and Virtue)(475 BC - 221 BC), and the founder of Taoism. Click here to read the complete translation. Here is how Tao De Jing begins:

The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.

(Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all things.

Always without desire we must be found,

If its deep mystery we would sound;

But if desire always within us be,

Its outer fringe is all that we shall see.

Under these two aspects, it is really the same; but as development takes place, it receives the different names. Together we call them the Mystery. Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful.

Some Commonly Known Aspects of Taoism

  • Yin and yang, literally mean “dark side” and “sunny side” of a hill. “A succession of yin and yang is called the Tao.” Click here to read more.
  • Tai Chi, a martial art that is believed to have been created by Sanfeng Zhang, a Taoist of Wudang Mountain 700 years ago. Read more about "The health benefits of tai chi."
  • The Tao of Pooh, a book about one of the world’s great Taoist masters, A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh!

Today's Taoism and Taoist

  • The first video below shows two Taoists living at Wudang Mountain, China discussing Taoism.
  • The second video is a Guqin music collection "Retreat in the mountains." The theme of the music is reflective of Taoist ideas about nature and humanity.
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Events and News in Colorado

2024 Chinese New Year Celebration in Colorado Springs (Year of the Dragon)

  • 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Saturday, 17 February 2024
  • Venue: The ENT Center for The Arts
  • Tickets are available at:

PO Box 2625

Colorado Springs, CO 80901