wu wei

noun \ˈwüˈwā\

Definition of wu wei

  1. :  the practice advocated by Taoism of letting one's action follow the simple and spontaneous course of nature (as by keeping to a minimum governmental organization and regulation) rather than interfering with the harmonious working of universal law by imposing arbitrary and artificial forms :  doing or making nothing except in conformity to the Tao

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Origin and Etymology of wu wei

Chinese (Pekingese) wu2 wei2, literally, not to act


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