Dude Productions

Dude Productions was established in 2015. We publish books and are making a science ­fiction TV show. Our first publication is a book called the "Tao Te Ching, a simple little version of the Tao Te Ching." We call our version the "Tao of Empty Space". Our version can be read in 20-30 minutes and many find a reading of the Tao Te Ching a life-changing experience.

The Tao Te Ching
Background
Our Movitation
The Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching is considered the keystone work of the philosophy of Taoism. The founder of Taoism, Lao Tzu, a record­ keeper at the Zhou dynasty court, is thought to have lived during the time of Confucius, and his ideas diverged from Confucian beliefs of social classes and rigid rituals. Scholars generally agree that the Tao Te Ching was written by dozens or hundreds of authors over decades or centuries. Here's The Book

Background

Lao Tzu means “Old Master,” which has led scholars to question whether or not he ever existed. Following the Cultural Revolution in China (1966-­1996,) set into motion by Chairman Mao Zedong, Chinese people today have almost no knowledge of the contents of the Tao Te Ching.  In 1981, the Communist Party of China declared that the Cultural Revolution was “responsible for the most severe setback and the heaviest losses suffered by the Party, the country, and the people since the founding of the People’s Republic.” In the English language, Tao Te Ching is pronounced “Dao De Jing” or “Dao Duh Jing.”

Our Movitation

There are countless translations of the Tao Te Ching, an ancient and classic Chinese text from around the 6th century BC. The versions we’ve read have one thing in common – they are difficult to understand. This makes the text inaccessible to a lot of people, and that’s a pity because it’s a nice piece of work.

We are trying to bring this classic text to a larger audience with this simplified and modernized version. We are also huge fans of science fiction and film­making. Our script for the TV Series “Empty Space” has been influenced by Star Wars, Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Forbidden Planet, Alien, Silent Running (starring Bruce Dern,) and also by non­science fiction like the movie “The Big Lebowski” and the TV series “Kung Fu” starring David Carradine.

A review from the founder of Dudeism

Of the myriad translations of the Tao Te Ching, Duane Bruner's is quite possibly the easiest to understand and the most down­ to­ earth. Whereas some versions take the "otherworldly" path, Bruner's version hews to a more humanistic and humble interpretation of Taoism. It is a reading that is as relevant today as it was over two thousand years ago. Bruner's version is both for the spiritualist with his or her feet planted firmly on the ground, or the rationalist who sees no problem in gazing up into the clouds.

Oliver Benjamin, founder of Dudeism

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