The Western Tao: "Dales from the Tao"
81 Western-styled short stories inspired by the 81 verses of the Chinese classic "Tao de Jing"
The Project: Completing the writing of a collection of 81 short stories that help Westerners understand the corresponding 81 verses of the Tao de Jing.
The ancient Chinese writing called Tao de Jing contains some of the greatest timeless wisdom of humanity, yet is virtually unknown to Westerners. One very good reason is it is not written in a form or with expressions familar to Westerners. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a non-academic, casual way to undertand its 81 verses? Like a simple short story that goes with each verse?
That is the basic premise in back of this project. Five--no, SIX* stories have already been written. Over the next four months, the other 75 short stories will be written, all of which will be published on my website and available to all, free of charge and royalty free.
To see the existing stories and for more background about the project, visit http://www.orfeomusic.org/books/western_tao.htm
*Story number 6 was written after this Kickstarter project was announced.
Risks and challenges
The challenge is to maintain good quality throughout the project; the risks are minimal, but includes Writer's Block! Fortunately, one of the Taoist teachings is about what is called the "uncarved block," and its wisdom almost by definition makes it easy to move past that other kind of block.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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