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What is Dao?

You might have stumbled upon this web site because you've heard about a book called the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching), someone mentioned Daoism to you, you're looking for more information and resources about Dao, you're a friend of mine who wonders what I'm up to, or you were just surfing and landed here. Whatever brought you here, I hope you'll find something on these pages that will bring more Joy to your life.

The Dao Is Open website is devoted to developing a better understanding of Dao (Tao) and De (Te), as exemplified in the works of Laozi (Lao Tzu) and Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu).

Whether you call yourself a Daoist (Taoist), or are simply a seeker of greater appreciation for and acceptance of the Happiness inherent in this wonderful life you've been given, please browse through the pages on this web site. I'm sure you'll find something that sings to your heart.



A Journey through Dao Is Open

Laozi's Dao De Jing includes my own translation and commentaries of the Dao De Jing, links to many other translations in different languages, and ....
- Guodian Laozi. On each page you'll find photographic copies of the Guodian Bamboo Slips with the Traditional and Simplified Chinese for each character, the Pinyin and Wade/Giles spellings and the English definitions.
-DDJ Concordance provides an index of all the Chinese characters used in the Dao De Jing with a list of each chapter in which they appear.
-Comparison Chart shows the various Chinese versions of the text.


Your Dao De Jing is a book I've written which is meant to enable anyone to translate the Dao De Jing from the original Chinese language. You can view some of the pages contained in Your Dao De Jing by clicking on the button above and following the trail.

Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) contains my own translation of the text, and....
- a Glossary / Index of the people and places mentioned in the book
- ZZ Links a list of helpful internet links and books about Zhuangzi.

The Links button above will take you to pages which contain links to other valuable resources on the internet about Chinese History, Chinese Characters (including Traditional, Simplified, Seal Script, Bronze and Oracle Bone characters), Chinese/English dictionaries, and a variety of other sites of interest.

The Meditation section contains information on meditation as well as my own method for meditating, and methods used by some of my friends.

Visit the Dao (Tao) Is Open Forum which is open to all discussions regarding Dao and all aspects of bringing true Happiness to life.

The Book List contains the titles of books on Daoism that I have in my own library. It also includes either a brief summary of each book or a link to another site where you can find out more about them.

Please feel free to contact me through email if you have any questions, suggestions or contributions.

-Nina Correa
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Dao or Tao?

I've written the Romanized spellings of Chinese words on this site in PinYin, which is the accepted spelling for Chinese words throughout most of the world. I've occasionally included the Wade/Giles spellings in parenthesis after the PinYin spellings, since many people are more familiar with that spelling of the Chinese words.

Thus: Dao is the same as (Tao).


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