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In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants are introduced to a Taoist holy book, the Tao Te Ching.
Tell the youth this activity involves reading from the Tao Te Ching. Share the name of the translator of the text you are using. Pass out slips, giving no more than three to each participant. Allow the youth a few minutes to read their slips, then ask them to select their favorite.
Have participants each read their favorite to the group and share their interpretation of it. Invite the group to offer other interpretations.
Note that everyone may hear different things and find different meanings in any given reading. Ask them:
Affirm that Taoists believe that there are many different paths that can lead to a happy, moral, spiritual life and that everyone is expected to find their own path.
Ask participants what values and beliefs they heard in these chapters. How do these relate to what they know already about Taoism? What new beliefs are suggested?
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Last updated on Friday, October 18, 2013.
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