Jesus the Eternal Tao
An Online Meditation
Tao or Dao is a Chinese concept that means “road”, “path” or “way”. This concept is attributed to the Chinese mystic, Lao Tsu. In the Gospel of John, it’s written:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6
What Lao Tsu knew intuitively – as written in the Tao Te Ching – is incarnated in its fullness in the person of Jesus. This online meditation honors the intuitive knowing found in the Tao Te Ching and the revelation of Jesus as found in the Bible. Alongside these two great texts I offer my prose and a video to focus the theme of each daily meditation. It’s my prayer that all may come to know Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Wherever you are on your journey, I pray you may find this site a place of rest, reflection, and renewal of your spirit.
Tao Te Ching
Lao Tsu is designated as the author of the Tao Te Ching. Dating back to the 6th century B.C., the Tao Te Ching is a classic Chinese wisdom text that’s divided into 81 poems in it’s current form. Themes of emptiness, union, mystery and political wisdom – among other concepts – come together to form a rich text. The Tao Te Ching offers subtexts, allusions, and nuance to convey that which goes beyond words. This has made the Tao Te Ching subject to many interpretations.
This is the beauty of Tao (The Way) – and the Tao Te Ching – in that it goes beyond words. This may be troubling for many, especially in the Western world. Yet, that which goes beyond words is an invitation for us to launch out into the deep, into mystery, into the silence of meditation to touch that which is ineffable (i.e., to great or extreme to be described in words). In meditation, in silence, in stillness, the richness of this text is found.
In our busy wordy world, I invite you to listen. I invite you to stillness. I invite you to explore the deep mystery that is Jesus the Christ. I invited you to explore deep mystery that goes beyond words and concepts. This is a paradox that is missed by many in organized religion. This is the Way of the heart. This is the Way of the sage. This is the Way that cannot be named. At the same time, this is the Way that is Jesus. Welcome to tonyontao. This is my modest tribute to the Eternal Way that is made known in the revelation of Jesus. Enjoy the journey.
This is an invitation to slow down, look, listen and love well. I mindfully comb the web in search of videos that deserve our thoughtful attention. I offer these videos alongside words of classic spiritual texts and my original poetry and prose. All so you may live more slowly, mindfully and compassionately.
Be here now.
I do the work for you. This site also connects you to worthy resources for meditation. I’ve sifted through the burgeoning supply of info on the web to offer material to aid your growth and wise use of your thoughts, words and actions. Enjoy.
Consider making tonyontao.net or tonyontao.com your homepage as a way of beginning each day with the intention to slow down and live well. This site is also great to use during lunch or break-time. Breathe.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. Shalom.
Who Am I
aka: anthony glenn miller
The name that can be named is not the Eternal Name. So begins part of the opening verse of the Tao Te Ching. If we’re all part of the Eternal Name, how can words capture anything significant about someone without direct experience of them? Nevertheless, here are some tidbits about me.
I am awake.
So what are my credentials to write about the Tao? I don’t have them. My academic degrees – Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) from Yale University and Technology for Education (Ed.M.) from Harvard University – didn’t lead to my awakening. My appreciation for awakened hearts was born of suffering. My suffering and witnessing the sufferings of others. Words cannot express what only spirit can understand. So in writing or speaking, I keep my words brief.
Thank you for joining me in the brevity of words. Embrace a mindful silence.
Enjoy the journey.
Kindness is my religion.
The Dali Lama, XIV
I also love:
All Keepers of the Spirit
My Spiritual Marriage
Good Food. Good Books. Compassionate People.
Tao Te Ching: A New English Translation by Stephen Mitchell or *Tao Te Ching: A Translation by Stan Rosenthal are the sources of all quotations from the Tao Te Ching unless otherwise noted. All quotations from The Bible are from the New Revised Standard Version or the New International Version.
– anthony glenn miller