Tao Te Ching, also called “five thousand Chinese characters of Laozi”, represents the apex of human intelligence – 无为, "Wu Wei", non-doing. The mind is free of its content – the distorted human consciousness that has a centre called “me”, where all kinds of mental controls take place, with numerous conflicts, divisions and issues.

To understand Tao Te Ching is to understand oneself totally; that is, one observes oneself objectively in absolute humility, and in that observation, the mind is able to make sense of what is said in Tao Te Ching. This whole process of understanding demands deep self-inquiry and awareness, and the actual understanding is emptying the content of consciousness. Doing so embodies true meditation.

Unfortunately, the word “meditation” has been extensively misused to merely represent some tricks, systems, practices or methods for the egocentric mind that suffers mentally to achieve a peaceful state that never actually arrives. True meditation ends the ego, not satisfies the ego.

Cico’s teaching in plain English exactly presents the essence of Tao Te Ching.

In the Chinese world, Cico has been working on the ongoing project of “exactly explaining Tao Te Ching in plain Chinese”, and a similar project in plain English is in consideration.


He is open to opportunities to give lectures on Tao Te Ching at universities or other places to people who are keen on the essence of Chinese philosophy. For more detail, please read the PDF file below.

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Whether is Tao Te Ching or self-inquiry, the essence of the content is the same, which is nameless and beyond words. As Laozi says, "道可道非常道" – "the 'truth' that is speakable is not the truth", in other words, words are not the thing, one must go beyond the words to understand.