Achieving dynamic balancing

Application of Daoist principles into social work practice

Authored by: Celia Hoi Yan Chan , Xiao-Wen Ji , Cecilia Lai Wan Chan

The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138931220
eBook ISBN: 9781315679853
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Daoism (also known as ‘Taoism’) is one of the great indigenous philosophical traditions in Chinese communities, which encompasses philosophical and/or religious teachings and practices. The primary tenets were described in Dao De fing, the most influential classic text. This chapter will briefly discuss the essential principles of Daoist teachings, based on the basic tenets of Daoist philosophy including ‘Dao’ (the way), ‘De’ (virtue) and ‘Yin-Yang perspectives’. On the basis of a comprehension of these three concepts, ‘Wuwei’ (non-coercive action), ‘Ziran’ (naturalness), ‘Su’ and ‘Pu’ (simplicity) will be introduced, which can also serve as the theoretical underpinnings in developing contemporary social work practice.

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