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Thanks for visiting my blog. My name is Amy Putkonen and I am the author of this blog. I love studying the Tao Te Ching and writing my thoughts about the beautiful timeless principles within it.

I have been interested in the principles of Tao for many years. To me, it has always just made sense – much more so than most religious or spiritual practices available today. The principles of Tao are fluid and inclusive. Many religions seem to be exclusive in nature and it has never been my belief that a beautiful and loving God would practice this behavior.

Before I started this blog, a mentor of mine suggested that I find a role model to help inspire me so I started looking more deeply at the work of Wayne Dyer. I bought his book, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao. This book reminded me of another mentor that I had studied years before, Taoist Master Hua Ching Ni, so I decided to dive more deeply into the Tao Te Ching to enhance my research on Wayne Dyer’s work and to see where the work of two of my favorite role models coincided.

To enhance my studies,  I bought several other versions of the Tao Te Ching to compare them – including two versions translated by Master Hua Ching Ni. This work fascinates me because the original text written by Lao Tzu is over 2,500 years old and yet is still relevant today.  There are literally thousands of translations – each one unique!

In his book, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao, Wayne Dyer made it a goal to live and write the principles of  Tao for a full year. He took the 81 verses and divided them up throughout the year.  He focused on one verse for four to five days, which works out to a year. So I decided to do this as well. Why not? What a great way to study such an amazing piece of ancient literature!

Shortly after starting this project, I considered writing some essays on the principles of Tao myself as a way to enhance my understanding. I love the Tao and I love writing. My original idea was to collect one translation of each verse that I loved the best and then, along with that, write an essay on what I learned. I quickly realized that no ONE translation captured quite what I had imagined the verse meant! I would find one line in one verse I liked, and then another line in a different verse so it was a combination of two verses that I loved.

It was then I realized that I just needed to write my own version. To help me do this, I  used the “Definitive Guide” to the Tao Te Ching by Jonathan Star. In the back of this book, Jonathan Star breaks down each verse by the original Chinese characters and gives phrases that explain what each character means in Chinese. This is superb. With that book in hand, I have been able to create my own version of the Tao Te Ching which I have published for you here.

Later…

That was 2012. Now, three years later, I am working on putting all of this into a book. I am also currently working through the I Ching, a related Taoist text. This year, 2015, I am offering I Ching readings to my lovely readers. I hope that you will join me and see how the I Ching can teach you some amazing insights into your life.

Peace.

Amy Putkonen

Here is how to reach me if you want to connect:

Facebook: Tao Te Ching Daily & Amy Putkonen
Twitter: @amyputkonen
Email: amyputkonen [at] gmail [dot]com

Disclosure:

I am not a Chinese scholar. I do not even really know the Chinese language, but I believe that the Tao Te Ching was meant to be read and absorbed individually and uniquely by each person. This work is for anyone who is inspired by it and my wish is for you to be inspired to look deeply into your life and see what it contains for you. Enjoy!

 

Favorite Posts

If you are just getting started on my blog, I would like to introduce you to a few of my favorite posts…please let me know what your thoughts are!

What Meaning Do We Have?
Can You Quit the Drama?
The Uncarved Block of Your Potential
The Unnecessary Use of Force

 

28 Comments

  1. Aloha Amy, what a fabulous and creative project! I have a new understanding of the Tao Te Ching simply by reading your lovely synopsis here. Many Blessings to you on your journey! Dewi
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    • I’m glad you stopped by, Dewi! I am glad you liked it! Sorry I missed your comment earlier. I appreciate that you are new to the Tao Te Ching! It is a fun bit of text to discover!

  2. Aloha Amy, just making sure the box was checked to receive any follow up comments. Blessings, Dewi
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  4. Hi Amy,
    I can honestly say I know nothing about Tao Te Ching. I love the idea of breaking subjects down into manageable chunks, that’s what I did in my ‘Transform Your Life in 21 Days!’ book. I’m immersed in the Olmypics at the moment, but when that finishes, I will investigate more!
    Cheers, Gordon
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  5. Hey Amy,
    Thanks for posting your inspired work on the Internet.
    ~JS

    • Thanks, Jonathan! What a treat to have you stop by. Your book has been instrumental in helping me to do this blog so I really appreciate all you’ve done for me as well!

  6. Simply great, Amy!
    Dao,
    Hilmar

  7. Wow Amy this is fantastic. I’m going to take my time and read all that you’ve translated so far.
    Great work!
    Best wishes, Tia
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  8. Amy, I am so impressed with the discipline this required! And what a tremendous amount of knowledge you would acquire through such an exercise. So many people today, do not seem to have such discipline. A very interesting site.

    • Thanks, Lee. I laughed when I read your comment. I guess I have developed a bit of discipline but it has sneaked up on me slowly and surprised me. Thanks for saying that and making me notice.

  9. By the way, new poetic English translation (Chinese- English – German) with stricter metrics and more in
    http://www.tao-te-king.org

    Tao-Greetings from the Philippines! 🙂

  10. I have no discipline at this point in my life. I am living life in a totally free mode. But I really enjoy your writing. Thank you for sharing yourself and your fun adventures!

  11. Your website, discovered by me this morning, is a gift. It is difficult for me to put my feelings into words. My mostly-daily practice of writing letters to the Tao, or God, or Sage, or Creative so often brings to me answers to prayer. (In fact, I am constantly amazed and awed that the universe seems so ready to be in relationship with little, tiny me.) I had just finished today’s entry, expressing much confusion about “things” and a desire to connect with Tao practitioners and teachers. Seeking the solace I always find in writings pertaining to the Tao, I went online to look for a daily Tao meditation and arrived at your site. Voila! all the resources you have here are a discovered treasure to me. Indeed, as you expressed in one of your posts, we can’t know the impact we make in others’ lives by the things we do. So my message to you is this: your work will be a comforting resource to me for a very long time. Herein this blog I find references to a variety of texts about and translations of the I Ching, beautiful art, photography, poetry, and words of wisdom from a wide spectrum of thoughtful people over a broad expanse of historical time. And of course exposure to your dedication and passion for this topic. What a lovely answer to a very simple and quiet prayer. Thank you and peace be with you, Virginia

    • I got shivers reading this. Thank you so much, Virginia, for giving me a glimpse of your experience. I look forward to chatting with you about what you discover!

  12. Your writings are beautiful – please keep it up – so inspirational and truly uplifting!

  13. Very uplifting and inspirational blog!

  14. This looks interesting. I found it today looking for a tao quote associated with a chapter. I am starting small by saying, I enjoy studying the tao.

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  17. Hey Amy,

    Ran across your site, I must say you might like this infographic I created based on on lao tzu quotes on letting go of resistance. Its design is purposeful because It’s black and white, relating to yin and yang and because of its simplicity.

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    http://yourmindfulblog.com/product/lao-tzu-quotes-on-resistance/

    Dalexis Peguero

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