Tao Te Ching

Pronunciation Guide

Chinese

Sound

Meaning

Dao The Way

De Virtue

Jing Book

You may have seen Tao Te Ching written as Dao De Jing (or Daodejing) elsewhere. The former is the older Wade-Giles romanization; the latter is the more modern Pinyin romanization. Both are correct, and both sound the same (as the guide above) no matter which spelling you use.

We usually translate Te / De as "virtue," but in the original, ancient context the word denoted an authentic metaphysical power inherent in every aspect of nature. Therefore, in the Tao, the most natural person is also the most virtuous and, indeed, the most authentically powerful.