Walking the Timeless Way
David Wang and Ian Felton
A podcast that digs deeply into the ancient texts of Daoism (Taoism), including the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching), to explore its timeless wisdom and apply it to today's chaotic world.
#1 - Introduction
Oct 10 2020
#1 - Introduction
A welcome to Walking the Timeless Way, a podcast that explores the ancient text of daodejing and how to apply it to today's chaotic world.
Oct 10 2020
#2 - Chapter 62
We discuss chapter 62 which explores themes of virtuous and non-virtuous people. What does a Daoist approach to the presidency look like?
Oct 24 2020
#3 - Chapter 63 - Virtue
Chapter 63 is our focus. What is virtue and how do we make it come to life rather than just live as an idea in our head?
Nov 7 2020
#4 - Chapter 63 - Discernment
Continuing to discuss chapter 63, we ask how discernment plays a part in Daoist virtue.
Nov 14 2020
#5 - Chapter 64 - Small Things
In Chapter 64, Laozi tells us to ignore the small at our own peril. Whether avoiding huge problems, or accomplishing immense tasks, our focus must stay on what is small and minuscule.
Nov 28 2020
#6 - Chapter 64 - The Wisdom of Time and Timing
Continuing with Chapter 64, we discuss growth mindset and the journey of ten thousand miles. The wisdom of time and timing can be used by the Daoist to achieve great things.
Dec 13 2020
#7 - Chapter 65 - Mysterious Virtue and Society
A reading and translation of chapter 65 followed by a discussion about mysterious virtue. Why is a certain type of knowledge destructive to society?
Dec 26 2020
#8 - Chapter 65 - What Knowledge Do We Need?
Staying close to the concept of zhi（智）we examine what knowledge is useful to us. What did Laozi mean by this type of knowledge?
Jan 16 2021
#9 - Chapter 65 - Empathy and Awareness as Knowledge
What knowledge does society need to move forward? We discuss knowledge as awareness and empathy and entertain an idea called civic empathy.
#10 - Chapter 66 - How Does A Sage Lead?
Laozi says leaders who are sages put themselves last. How do people lead in our modern world and is it very Daoist?
Feb 14 2021
#11 - Chapter 66 - An Exploration of Humility
What is humility and where did it come from? Why do we need it and what forces work against us?
Feb 28 2021
#12 - Chapter 66 - Psychological Flexibility & Humility
Practicing psychological flexibility can help us better understand and embody humility.
Mar 14 2021
#13 - Chapter 67 - The Three Treasures of Laozi
Laozi has three treasures: compassion, moderation, and humility. Today we explore walking the timeless way with compassion.
Mar 28 2021
#14 - Chapter 67 - Applying the Three Treasures to Daily Life
How do we apply the three treasures of kindness, moderation, and humility in our daily lives?
Apr 11 2021
#15 - Chapter 68 - Handling Conflict Like a Daoist
What should a Daoist do when conflicts arise?
Apr 25 2021
#16 - Chapter 68 - Do Daoists Fight?
What are the occasions when Daoists might act when violence is a possible outcome?
May 9 2021
#17 - Chapter 69 - A Daoist Approach to Military
Daoist approaches aren't what we typically think of when talking about military strategy, but Laozi wrote about it. Today's episode wonders about what it would look like in comparison to today's national powers.
May 23 2021
#18 - Chapter 69 - What Does It Mean to Win?
War is part of the human condition, but how can we minimize it? What does it mean to win at war?
Jun 5 2021
#19 - Chapter 70 - How to Listen to and Understand Laozi
If we are listening for what our egos want, not what the universe is actually saying, it will be impossible to hear Laozi. To understand Laozi, we need a type of humility that requires a huge change in worldview.
Jun 20 2021
#20 - Chapter 71 - Curing Ourselves of Spiritual Sickness
Knowledge is necessary, but without moderation, it can also become a spiritual sickness. How can we use knowledge appropriately and stay spiritually healthy?
Jul 4 2021