This talk looks at the practice of Daoist meditation in the context of living in affliction. The religious movement of Orthodox Daoism founded in the Han Dynasty recognized that the era of high antiquity was long-gone, so “Chinese Daoism” arose as a practice to rectify humankind and purify polluted spiritual dimensions. Centuries later, Buddhism influenced Daoism in its concern for human suffering, and Daoist tradition further embraced the idea of practice as refuge. Although we can perhaps relate to such a view, this talk presents an older view of meditation not based on the need to solve any fundamental problem. A glimpse into our approach to Zuowang.