How to Understand DaoDeJing – Chapter 70 & 78

How to Understand DaoDeJing – Chapter 70 & 78

These two chapters are important for understanding the master’s ambition. It is a common mistake to question what is not understood under the rule of heaven. The experience or so the Jade that is described in chapter 70 is why and how the master chose this path for his students to follow.

Let’s get started with chapter 70:

Talking is easy and it is not sufficient to comprehend the meaning, hence they do not know me.

Understanding the deeper meaning of life philosophy with chapter 78:

I hope these chapters gave you a better understanding of what problems may occur when you follow the Daoist path. The Dao De Jing is important literature for every Wudang student, yet without self-reflection and without practice the context is useless. With dedication and awareness, one can follow the path of nature.

The Windbox – Dao De Jing Chapter 5

The Windbox – Dao De Jing Chapter 5

Our school interviewed Master Yuan Xiu Gang about complex topics of the Dao De Jing and other Daoist doctrines. Before we show you the video we want to clarify a few things:

  • The philosophical explanation of the Daoist text is pointless without practice. It is a life philosophy and therefore people should live inspired by the Daoist doctrines.
  • The context of the Dao De Jing is always an interpretation, it is easier to follow the practice of your master.
  • There are many versions of the Dao De Jing in Chinese and to clearly speak of it is perhaps not possible. English translations are even further away from the context and this is one of the reasons why the interview is solely in Chinese.

The Interview

We held the interview completely in Chinese and then constructed a translation with our translator who is a native speaker and Coach in our academy and follower of the Daoist doctrines for many years. If one does not understand the historical and philosophical background or does not practice self-cultivation, then even for Chinese native speakers it is not possible to fully comprehend the context.

Therefore we can say that together with the participation of our professional group we can hereby present you the clip with the most accurate possible translation and interpretation from our Daoist Grandmaster Yuan Xiu Gang.


Dao De Jing, chapter 5

天地之間 其猶橐籥乎

“Between heaven and earth, is like the bellow of a wind box.”

虛而不屈 動則愈出

“Empty yet does not collapse, the more it is moved, the more it comes out.”

多言數窮 不如守中

“Speaking too much leads to calamities. Better to just hold the center.”


This concludes the answer to the first question! Read more Dao De Jing Chapters in our forum here!

Some of the Guodian Chu slips, found in the 1990s. These bamboo strips contain the earliest known version of the Daoist text Dao…

Some of the Guodian Chu slips, found in the 1990s. These bamboo strips contain the earliest known version of the Daoist text Dao…

Some of the Guodian Chu slips, found in the 1990s. These bamboo strips contain the earliest known version of the Daoist text Dao…

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