Tao Wisdom

& Chinese Business Culture


tao te ching

Tao wisdom is an integral part of the Chinese culture. Without tao china would be very diferent.  

While Confucianism stresses order, Taoism emphasizes flowing with nature.  The two may appear contradicting, but in fact blend with each other very well.   

Knowing the role of Tao (道) in addition to Confucianism allows you to have a more complete picture of how Chinese think and behave.

They are two sides of the same coin.

Pronounced in Chinese as Dao, the school of thoughts is more widely known outside China than Confucianism.


Lao Tzu

The icon for Tao is Lao Tzu.  He is believed to be a contemporary of Confucius, and was older than the latter. 

Lao Tzu is without doubt the best loved Chinese philosopher outside China. To find out what Tao is, you will have to read his book Tao Te Ching. Although contains only 5,000 Chinese characters, it is the foremost text of Taoism, a profound source of Tao wisdom, and said to be the most translated text after Bible.

In Tao Te Ching are 81 short verses, which are divided into two sections, Tao and Te (Dao 道 and De 德). 

It attempts to reveal the order of the universe, and directs us to harness the power of nature to our advantage.  


Sun Tzu

In addition to Tao Te Ching, there are many other books on Tao. One of the best known is The Art of War by Sun Tzu (Sunzi 孙子), which is not only one of the world’s most treasured military strategy treaties, but also well-loved for inspiring business strategic thinking.  It offers a wealth of wisdoms for companies seeking wining strategies in the fiercely competitive world.


Tao & Chinese culture

While Confucianism was installed as state ideology during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD), Taoism took dominance during Tang Dynasty (618 –907); which was another golden age in the Chinese history. 


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