天 (Tian). At this Daoist Bamboo Grove our present wandering involves exploring experiences of Dao from pre Confucian times, thus challenging the Confucianist interpretation of Tian as heaven. We challenge the etymology which suggests Tian means ‘great lord’ or ‘heaven’. Our interpretation of it is simply ‘sky’. In yinyang relations it is interpreted thus:
Tian天 (sky) and Di 地 (earth)
Here we wander in a pre-religious interpretation of Tian, which has impacts on the interpretation of all the foundational Daoist texts and modern understandings of them. The challenge then, is every time you read ‘tian’ or Heaven in a Daoist text, re-interpret it as ‘sky’ and see what difference it makes to your meaning-making.
仙 (xian) Hermit Immortal.
In this Daoist Bamboo Grove, rather than the more obvious ‘spiritually immortal’ meaning (from Daoist philosophy) it has the following two (YinYang) meanings
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