The Chinese word Tao
Primordial Consciousness, Adibuddha.
The Teachings of Taoism, i.e.
Teachings about the Path to the cognition of Tao,
were described by Divine Lao Tse in His treatise
Tao Te Ching.
A description of Tao can be found
in the following excerpt from Tao Te Ching:
"One cannot cognize Tao only by
speaking about It.
"One cannot name by a human name
that Origin of the sky and earth Which is the Mother
"... Tao looks like void. Yet, It
"It is in the Depth.
"It is the Origin of everything.
"It controls everything.
"It pervades everything.
"It is Shining Light.
"It is the subtlest!
"It is the Main Essence of
"One cannot describe Its origin,
for It is Primal...
"... If you look at Tao, you
cannot notice It immediately. This is why It is
"If you listen to Tao, you cannot
hear It immediately. This is why It is called
"If you try to grasp Tao, you
cannot reach It. This is why It is called
"In Tao are Those Who fill you
with delight! All They in Tao are merged into One.
"Tao is equal above and below.
"Tao has no corporeal image and
face. Therefore, It is said of as hidden and
"Meeting Tao, I do not see Its
face; following Tao, I do not see Its back.
"... Eternal Tao pervades
everything. It is present to the left and to the
right. Thanks to It, souls arise, live, and develop.
"Though Tao is so great and
performs so great work — It does not seek to glorify
"It raises all beings with love.
It does not exert violence over them. It does not
insist that people realize all Its desires.
"It is Great, though It does not
insist on this.
"Wise people aspire to It — to the
Tao Te Ching (online book)