Dao De Jing
(Chuang Tzu)
(Tao) is Open Forum

Welcome to Dao Is Open

Happiness is inherent in this wonderful life you've been given, if you open yourself to it.

I created this web site in 2004 after accomplishing the daunting task of translating Laozi's Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) from Chinese to English. I worked for many years with the Chinese characters used in Laozi's book, and came up with what I believe would be inspirational messages he intended.

Following that, I also translated The Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) from Chinese into English, which is another book written by one of the greatest Chinese philosophers.

Both of those books were written/compiled about 2500 years ago, but the messages still ring true today. If you take a moment to read through any of the chapters, I hope you'll find some smiles. I do.

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.

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

-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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