Reading: The Inner Enterprise
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The text we'll be reading for Friday is clearly related to the philosophical approach of texts traditionally called Daoist (the Dao de jing and Zhuangzi), and for that reason, it serves here as the coda of the Daoist section of this course. More than any other classical Daoist text, it seems to point towards practices of meditation, breath control, and personal cultivation, though it is far from a "users manual" for Daoists.
As you read through the text, see whether you can untangle to some degree the relationship among certain key concepts: qi, essence, heart (xin, or "heart-mind"), and the Dao. The relationship among these terms will be our starting point on Friday.