1. Read through the Tao Te Ching, an ancient Chinese text of wisdom from around the 6th Century BC. A simple translation of "Tao Te Ching" is "The Book of the Way." It has become a kind of manual for living for many people over the centuries in both the East and West. For our purposes, we will look at the "Tao Te Ching" with an eye towards simple interpretation.

2. As you read through the Tao Te Ching, choose three (3) poems which either interest or puzzle you. Note down anything that makes you interested in the poem. It helps to read with a notebook, or at your computer so you can take notes. You’ll refer to these notes when you make your posting.

3. After you’ve chosen your three (3) poems and written your notes, return to this discussion forum and do the following:

a. Write an interpretation of each poem you have chosen. Each interpretation will be about 300+ words each. Write all three in a single reply message in this forum.

b. Make sure you address what you think the central message of the poem is, in your opinion.

c. Write how each particular poem would be applicable for people today in modern society. What value does the meaning have for us today?

Each interpretation will be about 300+ words, which is relatively short. Take time to address each poem in the proper length.

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