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1.                                      Who is the Old Master?

2.                                      When was he born?

3.                                      Who was his famous contemporary?

4.                                      What is the basic text of Taoist thought?

5.                                      What are the three meanings of the Tao?

6.                                      What are the three types of Taoism

7.                                      What are the defining characteristics of each?

8.                                      How does philosophical Taoism and religious Taoism differ regarding their view of power (chi)?

9.                                      In philosophical Taoism, how does one live wisely?

10.                               How does the concept of wu-wei aid in living wisely?

11.                               How does one arrive at full self-knowledge in Taoism?

12.                               How is creative quietude (wu-wei) paradoxically combined within the individual?  Give explicit examples.

13.                               How does water and its characteristics help illustrate and describe the wisdom of the Tao?

14.                               How does Taoism differ from Confucism?

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D. “The more I am able to affirm others, to say ‘yes” to them in myself, by discovering them in myself and myself in them, the more real I am. I am fully real if my own heart says yes to everyone” Thomas Merton