Taoism: Ethics and business

EENI- School of International Business

Subject - Taoism: ethics (Non-action) and business (China). Laozi. Syllabus:

Taoism Ethics Business

“With more rules and regulations, more people will impoverish” Tao LVII

  1. Introduction to Taoism
  2. Laozi
  3. Taoist principles
  4. Tao Te Ching
  5. Tao (Sense) and Te (Virtue).
  6. Yin Yang
  7. Principle of Non-Action (Wu Wei)
  8. Non-violence
  9. Principles of Taoist Ethics
  10. Taoism today
  11. Famous Taoist
  12. The Government and Taoism
  13. Cases of companies with Taoist influence. Chang Yung-fa (I Kuan Tao)

Subject objectives (Taoism):

  1. To know the fundamentals of Taoism
  2. To understand Taoist Ethical Principles
  3. To analyse cases of companies with Taoist influence

Learning materials (Taoism): En or Es Taoísmo Fr Taoisme

  1. Credits of the module “Taoism and Confucianism”: 3 ECTS/1 AC Credits
  2. Duration: three weeks
  3. Download the module syllabus: “Taoism and Confucianism” (PDF)

Subject “Taoism and Confucianism” is studied…

  1. Professional Doctorates: Ethics, Religion, and Business, Asia
  2. Masters (e-learning): International Business, Asia, BRICS Countries, and Pacific
  3. Course Business in China

Students who have taken this module (Taoism and Confucianism) can validate and register for this Master/Doctorate at EENI.

Methodology: e-learning/Distance Learning.

Area of Knowledge: Religions and Ethics - Asia.

“My teaching is similar to other… The strong do not die of natural causes; this will be the starting point of my doctrine” TAO XLII.

Sample of the subject -Taoism: Ethics and Business
Taoism Wu Wei

Subject Description: Principles of Taoism: Tao Te Ching:

Despite the difficulty of obtaining reliable data on the Taoism in China; about 50 millions of people, mostly Chinese, practice Taoism, a religion (or philosophy) founded by Laozi (the Old Master) perhaps born in 604 BCE and who is credited with the key work of Taoism: the “Tao Te Ching” or “The Book of reason and virtue,” one of the shorter books of all religions with only 5000 words.

The “Tao Te Ching” is a book tough to interpret. Of all Asian religions, this is perhaps the most difficult to explain and understand for a Westerner:

“The Tao Te Ching can be read in an afternoon or a whole life.” Houston Smith.

Like Jesus, Buddha, or Confucius, Laozi would not establish any religion. Even though the time has been revered as a God or a Taoist church has emerged.

For Taoists, the order and harmony of the universe are manifestations of the Tao. For Laozi there are no human words to define the Tao.

The Tao is the cause of everything, its origin, and its end. If people follow the Tao, harmony reigns; if they do not follow it is the chaos. For Laozi, nothing is haphazard. If Confucius treated the Heaven to God, Laozi went one step further. Unlike the Christian concept of God as the Creator of the universe, the Tao has never been created, has always existed.

Taoist Ethics

Like the other Asian religions, the Tao speaks of the “total absence of desire” as the path to follow.

The man should not try to modify the Tao; he must let it flow.

The concept of “Non-Action” (Wu Wei /无为) is a fundamental principle of Taoism; is a tough concept to understand for a Westerner. Wu Wei tells us that a correct way to act is precisely not to act, not forcing the situation, just the opposite of Confucianism. Sometimes, has been called “the creative quietude.”

“The Sage focuses on non-action in his works, practices not saying in his speech
The myriad things arise but are disregarded
The sage produces but does not own
Acts but does not claim
Accomplishes work but does not focus on it
Does not focus on it, and thus it does not go.” Tao II

Yin and Yang are manifested in any being or object, even in thought. In all the Tao; we will find constant references to the dual concept of Yin and Yang.

Harmony of Religions Ahimsa Ethics

Confucianism and Taoism, Yin and Yang, classicism and romanticism, responsibility and freedom, the two poles of the Chinese society, one would not exist without the other.

These two traditions of wisdom, along with Buddhism and Shamanism are part of the spiritual heritage of the Sinic civilisation throughout its area of influence: China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.



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