Audio Program

Length: 30 minutes

This audio stream is designed to begin playing immediately. To pause, right-click anywhere in the rectangle and click on "Play" to clear the check mark. To resume playback, simply repeat the procedure and the check will re-appear.

Frequently asked questions about this program:

  • It doesn't work for me! I don't see any animation or hear any sound. How come?

    Answer: Your browser doesn't have the Flash plug-in. It's a free download at
  • At one point in the program, the word Taoism is pronounced with a "t" sound. Is that correct?

    Answer: No. The correct pronounciation is with a "d" sound. "Taoism" sounds exactly the same as "Daoism."
  • Is the I Ching really from Lao Tzu, as stated in the program?

    Answer: No. I Ching predates Lao Tzu by many, many centuries.
  • Who is the Cloth-bag Monk?

    Answer: He is a historical figure from the period of the Five Dynasties (907 to 960 AD). He was well known for both his Buddhist teachings and the cloth-bag he always carried around. The Chinese came to regard him as the reincarnation of Maitreya - a belief not necessarily shared by Buddhists in other parts of the world.

    For the uninformed in the West, he is often mistaken for Siddhartha Gautama, the Sakyamuni Buddha. His image has come to represent Buddhism for many Westerners, but in reality he is a Buddha (one of many) and not the Buddha, the Indian prince and founder of Buddhism.
  • How can I skip ahead or jump to a specific point in the program?

    Answer: We have made the audio data available as an MP3 file that you can download. The size is about 3.5 MB, so the downloading process may take half an hour or so if you are on a modem connection. Once you have the file, you can use any MP3 player to access any part of it at any time.

Right-click this link and select "Save Target As..." to download the MP3 file.

  • How can I listen to this program or play it for someone else when I'm not connected to the Internet?

    Answer: See the answer above. There are no restrictions whatsoever on the copying and distribution of the MP3 file, as long as is clearly identified as the source.