The Laozi and Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass

The Laozi (= Daodejing = Tao Te Ching) and Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

Listening to the audio version of Braiding Sweetgrass it became crystal clear to me that the thought of the Laozi–I do not want to say Daoist philosophy in general, because it concerns the Laozi in particular–makes so much more, and deeper sense, if you approach it from the perspective of indigenous knowledge traditions.

Reading or listening to Robin Wall Kimmerer is enlightening and fascinating just by itself. But as a student of the thought of the Laozi I have to say that it also is a wonderful guide to a broader understanding of the fundamental mindset of Daoist philosophy.

Because of the terseness of the Laozi, the idea of nature as mother and teacher stays comparatively abstract in the Laozi. In Braiding Sweetgrass this is very vividly explored.

Daoist movement traditions study and work with the teachings of nature. Braiding Sweetgrass can beautifully support the dedicated practitioners of Daoist movement methods in lifting their movement practice to another level. Here is a link to Robin Wall Kimmerer’s website introducing her books: