Hello, I recently got a hold of a book on the teachings of Tao Te Ching as a gift from a judge that my Mother works for (she’s an interpreter there). Anyways it seems to be a very vaild book with everything from the teachings to the different poses taken for meditation or what not (haven’t read it yet).
So my question to my fellow Catholics is am I allowed to read this with the full intention of following it as the philosophy states it. Obviously if it calls for me to offer some prayer to a pagan god I will not do so, but I am intrested in learning about it and seeing if this new view can help make me a better person.
I’m not trying to replace my Catholic faith with Taoism, but it does intrigue me and I would want to try some of the meditation it offers. So would it be a mortal sin to read this and follow the teachings offered?
As my other question I was wondering what the rule is about other religious books? In the near future I hope to read the Koran to learn what is taught by my own eyes instead of different moderate/extremist sources.