I'm a Swedish writer and aikido instructor. In addition to fiction, I've written books about Taoism and other East Asian traditions. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. My personal website:
The first Taoist. The legendary founder of Taoism.
Tao Te Ching
The ancient source text of Taoism - each chapter explained.
Tao Te Ching, the printed book and ebook. What it contains and how to get it.
Chapter 1 Versions
The first chapter of Tao Te Ching in 76 English versions.
James Legge's Tao Te Ching
The complete Tao Te Ching translation from 1891 by James Legge.
Aleister Crowley's Tao Te Ching
Tao Te Ching interpreted by the occultist Aleister Crowley, from 1923.
The great 4th century BC Taoist Chuang Tzu and his writing.
The most prominent ones of the ancient Taoists.
Tao or Dao
What's with the spelling of Chinese words?
The 81 chapters of Tao Te Ching sorted by themes.
388 quotes from the Tao Te Ching sorted by topics.
All the 81 chapters of the Tao Te Ching in a blog, where you can comment.
How to get in touch with me.
My Other Websites:
Qi Energy Exercises
The ancient Chinese life energy qi (chi) explained, with simple instructions on how to exercise it.
The many life force beliefs all over the world, ancient and modern, explained.
Creation stories from around the world, and the ancient cosmology they reveal.
Taoismen på svenska
Books by Stefan Stenudd:
Cosmos of the Ancients
The Greek philosophers and what they thought about cosmology, myth, and the gods, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Qi - Increase your life energy
The life energy qi (also chi or ki) explained, with exercises on how to awaken, increase, and use it. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art
Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The Taoism of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu Explained
Taoism is not a religion. To the Taoists, gods and the afterlife are vague, almost non-existent. Taoism is all about here and now: the philosophy of how to live a pleasant life, without causing unnecessary commotion or distress. Tao, the Way, is a kind of natural law behind all of creation. The one who can harmonize with it will be at peace with existence.
Swedish translation of it in 1991, and in 2011 I completed one in English, where I explain each chapter from a perspective also relevant in our modern life. The old Taoist philosophy classic still has a lot to teach us.
Click the header to see the complete text of my Tao Te Ching book online.
The man riding the water buffalo is Lao Tzu (Laozi), legendary writer of the Tao Te ching. There are doubts that this one man wrote it, or that he ever existed, but here's the little we know about him from historical sources (cvlick the header).
Chuang Tzu (4th century BC), Taoist philosopher.
Next to Lao Tzu, the legendary writer of Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu (Zhuang Zi) is the most famous of the Chinese Taoist philosophers. He lived in the 4th century BC. According to tradition, he wrote the first seven chapters, called the 'inner' chapters, of the book given his name. His Taoist students are said to have written the remaining 'outer' chapters.
Click the header to see the complete James Legge translation of the Chuang Tzu Taoist texts, published in 1891, divided into the 33 chapters. You can read them in any order, since they are not connected in a consecutive way.
Tao Te Ching - the Book