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Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
10:42 am
[bohemiandelight]
Early Daoist Scriptures
Xiang'er Commentary
35
   The Sage is inhumane; he treats the common people as if they were
 straw dogs.

The sage models himself on heaven and earth.  He is humane to
Good people, inhumane toward evil people.  When kingly governance
turns to destruction and evil, [the Sage] also views the king as a
straw dog.  Thus people should accumulate meritorious actions so
that their essences and [internal] spirits communicate with heaven.
In this way, when there are those who wish to attack and injure
them, heaven will come to their aid.  The common run of people are
all straw dogs; their essences and spirits are unable to communicate
with heaven.  The reason for this is that, as robber and thieves with
evil intentions dare not be seen by government officials, their es-
sences and spirits are not in touch with heaven, so that when they
meet with dire extremities, heaven is unaware of it.
 
Monday, October 30th, 2006
11:29 pm
[pbeatnik]
Brown cascading hill
Blowing wind surrounding it-
In one silent thought.
10:34 am
[bohemiandelight]
The Book of Chuang Tzu
Chapter 23
    Keng Sang Chu
  There is something which exists, though it emerges from no
roots, it returns through no opening.  It exists but has no place; it
survives yet has no beginning or end.  Though it emerges through
it has no permanent place; this tells us it is a dimension of space.  It
survives, but has no beginning nor end;  this tells us it has dimensions
of time.  It is born, it dies, it emerges, it returns, though in its
emergence and return there is no form to be seen.  This is what we
call the Heavenly Gate.  The Heavenly Gate is non-existence, and all
forms of life emerge from non-existence.  That which exists cannot
cause things to exist.  They all arise from non-existence.  Non-existence
is the oneness of non-existence.  This is the hidden knowledge
of the sages.
Sunday, October 29th, 2006
7:29 pm
[bohemiandelight]
The Book of Chuang Tzu
Chapter 8
Webbed Toes
.... Everything has its innate nature.
Given this, then, what is curved is not curved by the use of a
template nor made straight by using a plumb line. It is not rounded
by using a compass, nor made square by using a set-quarter; not
made adhesive through glue and varnish, nor bound together by
ropes and bands. Then everything under Heaven is made as it is by
the ways of nature, without understanding why or how. Everything
achieves what is intended, but does not understand why or how.
Both today and in the ancient past it has always been so, and
nothing can affect this. There is no point in holding to benevolence
and righteousness, like a mixture of glue and varnish, ropes and
bands, as a means of trying to journey in the Tao and Te -- the Way
and Virtue -- for this merely confuses everything under Heaven.
Saturday, October 28th, 2006
6:21 pm
[bohemiandelight]
Tao Te Ching
LXXI
     To Know yet to think one does not know is best;
     Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to
         difficulty.
It is by being alive to difficulty that one can avoid it. The
sage meets with no difficulty. It is because he is alive to it
that he meets with no difficulty.
2:12 am
[bohemiandelight]
Tao Te Ching
VI
The spirit of the valley never dies
This is called the mysterious female.
The gateway of the mysterious female
Is called the root of heaven and earth.
Dimly visible, it seems as if it were there,
Yet use will never drain it.
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
12:01 pm
[muir_larteach]
question...
i am not incredibly familiar with Tao, so i was hoping some of you could help me...

a friend of mine just recently gave me a Taoist Coin for good luck, and since i always like to know what i am carrying around with me, i am trying to figuare out what the symbols mean...

this is one side of the coin, and this is the other.

i have gathered some things already...i know the bat is a symbol of happiness, i know one side of the coin is the inscription: 'the God of Thunder will kill evils and bring peace and prosperity to good people.', and i know the other has the symbols of the Pa Kua: qian, dui, li, zhen, sun, kan, kên, k'un, although i am not sure what they all mean.

the two symbols i can not seem to find are these:
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can anyone give me any information on those symbols, or this coin in general?

thank you :)
Saturday, May 20th, 2006
1:22 am
[soulsspirit]
Hi, I would just like to extend an invitation to check out my site if you get a moment. It is a forums and chatrooms, focussed on all areas of the metaphysical, paranormal, spiritual and psychic, and also has blog, gallery, games arcade and media player on site to keep members entertained. This is in no way designed to take any members away from this community, I believe there is always room for us to interract in more than one place :) There is a Taoist section, but really need some with experience in this area to share ;) if willing. Thanks for time.

Here is the addy
http://www.unityofspirit.co.uk
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
10:09 pm
[semperar]
the faults of language.
In the classic taoist concept of cultivating skill, there is an implication, I feel, of serving a function, or a tangible necessity to the world around you.

Zhuangzi's classic parables of his favorite butcher, whom he admired greatly, have always made this implication to me. The butcher effortlessly weaved his blade through his subjects, as if taking the skilled brushstrokes of an master artist.

It was a skill to contributed to the greater course of things. The butcher has a key, functional role in even the simplest society.

As a matter of pursuit and skill, I was greatly encouraged by teachers and friends to write. I remember particularly well one teacher that was, more than likely, the best I ever had. She tolerated my hyperactive and inept behavior to a saintly degree and always urged me to keep up high standards for my own writing and creativity. If anything, using words was the most outstanding skill I developed.

Never, however, did I pursue it. I didn't take any extra writing classes, put forth any unique efforts, or take any large opportunities, even here in college. Something in my upbringing always gave me the impression that there simply wasn't money or a sustainable living to be found in writing, and it was not conducive to a functional lifestyle.

Having recently found more and more incentive to pursue it, and my outlook on life and priorities having matured, I am finally returning to it, but am struck by an intangible sort of dilemma.

One of the first tenets of Taoism that fascinated me was the inherent flaws and paradoxical nature of human language. Words are, of course, simply primitive tools for expressing ourselves understandably.

I really do believe that. Words are simply our struggle to understand eachother. Writing lacks the literal manifest of a butcher or a craftsman. Those express themselves in clear, tangible, and undeniable senses. Writing, even if nonfiction or news, is a semi-tangible practice with an unavoidable, non-negateable, and altogether inescapeable margin of error.

Zhuangzi expressed the importance and joy of cultivated skill reaching a point of spontaneous flow. At the same time, he was infamously skeptical of the nature of our languages. Though it is a necessary convention, he always seemed to distrust it. This much I certainly understand.

So, despite the spontaneous and cultivateable nature of writing, this conflict subtly gnaws at me. Is writing a real skill? Something that you can refine and lose yourself within? It certainly seems to, yet the fact that it is a flawed endeavor makes it seem like a forgone conclusion.

I'm certainly not stressing terribly over it, but I can't help but wonder how to answer this notion. What do you think?
Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
12:59 am
[draxar]
Seeking wisdom
Hello,

As a result of what little reading I've done on the subject, I'd tentatively describe myself as a 'Philisophical Taoist", I'd like to expand my knowledge (and from that hopefully my understanding) of things Taoist, and I'm hoping I might find some suggestions here.

I was raised in a C of E Christian environment, but that never really 'took', probably because of my fairly strong scientific side going "I see nothing that convinces me this is true". From then my beliefs have been what I'd call open minded agnosticism with an underlying assumption of atheism till convinced different - i.e. I don't know whether god(s) or other supernatural entities exist or not, so I'm not going to tell you your religious beliefs are wrong, but till convinced of something else my guess is that they probably don't.

A year or so ago I stumbled upon 'The Tao of Pooh' (the double version with the Te of Piglet), found it and the concepts in it very interesting. As a result I looked for and found an online copy of the Dao De Ching, which again I found very interesting.

In both cases I found I'd already been acting in accordance with some of the concepts/precepts, and that I felt an affinity with what was being said. In terms of the various philosophies of life I've heard over the years, it's the one that resonates most closely with me, and I'd like to get to know it more and better.

Since then I've reread both several times but haven't looked into much other stuff Taoist. I found the Zhuangzi and had read some of it before I managed to lose the file I'd stored it in. I intend to find it again, but I'm also interested in any suggestions people can offer to me on thing I might want to look into.

I call myself a philosophical Taoist because my scepticism means that I don't believe in the spirits and suchlike mentioned in religious Taoism. I'm not saying they don't exist, but I have yet to be convinced that they do. I reiterate this because it means that I am likely to find stuff that concentrates on that area of Taoism less interesting - I'm not saying don't suggest anything that includes such things, just to be aware of where I am coming from.

So can people suggest any books/other texts/websites/people/whatever else I should look at?

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, March 19th, 2006
12:23 pm
[akurei_kami]
Emptiness and it's pupose...
If the emptiness of a room is what's important, does not adding things to the room make the emptiness less significant?
If the emptiness of a glass is what's important, does not adding water to the glass make the emptiness less significant?
If the emptiness of the mind is what's important, does not adding knowledge to it not make the emptiness less significant?

Or is what replaces the emptiness of a greater significance then the emptiness it's self?
If not this then should I not begin removing things from my room to make way for more emptiness?
The more that is added to a room, does it create a living conflict with the emptiness?
The more that is added into the body, does it not create a living conflict with the subtle voice of the body?
The more that is added to the mind, does it not create a living conflict with the mysteries hidden within the mind?
By living conflict I mean a conflict that is alive.
Feng Shui? Is Feng Shui of the mind possible or obtainable?

Is the thinking mind full of knowledge and chatter,
and the moving body full of consumption and waste,
not in a state of being that is difficult to pick up on the
subtleness and mysteriousness of life?
Monday, March 6th, 2006
11:40 pm
[ze_poet]
If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

-Lao Tzu
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
9:01 am
[sarahrigas]
What about community?
After years of thinking and yearning, I have finally gotten comfortable with my not knowing what the truth is exactly. Taoism/Zen Buddhism make a lot of sense to me, but I certainly don't feel like I'm a 'Buddist' or 'Taoist', and that's ok with me, I don't want a label. But, I was raised in the Episcopal Church, and I miss the ritual and the church community. I feel like I want to worship in some way, and be around other people in that kind of environment. But, I feel like a phoney if I go to church because I don't really buy into it. I've also tried the Unitarian Universalist Church, and they seem like cool people, but its just sooo hippy-dippy, and it always feels like everyone is stuck in the yearning and thinking phase. In other words, I like it for intellectual discussions, but it never feels like worship to me. Plus there is a sense that truth is relative to the individual, which I don't necessarily agree with.
So, do any of you have the same problem? Do you have any suggestions?
Sunday, January 29th, 2006
3:20 pm
[made_of_clay]
discuss:
God is always laughing.

(I realize that it might not be quite a Taoist statement, perhaps it's closer to Zen...oh, and of course by God I'm referring to the Ultimate Reality, the creative force, the Tao...)

It's just something that comes to me in very profound moments, whether or not the moment is "positive" or not...whether I'm miserable or ecstatic, it seems to me that laughter is the purest form of wonder, beyond even silence at times.
Thursday, January 26th, 2006
12:29 am
[ze_poet]
2005?
2005 was probably the most progressive year for me, or at least to my conscience. It was the year I started searching for answers to questions I now laugh at, such as, 'what is the purpose of life?, is there a god?, where will I go when I die?'--questions like those in which I don't even bother pondering anymore. I do not claim to have this profound wisdom or knowledge to have the answers to all questions, but I've learned so much in one year, it's overwhelming. To think in one year all that I've learned with a little bit of right effort, I could learn even more this year, and the year after, and go on and on. 2004 was the spark. 2005 the fire started. I'll do my best to keep the flame going.

How was everyone else's year?
Monday, December 26th, 2005
8:12 pm
[pauline897]
Buddhism and Taoism
What are the main differences between Taoism and Buddhism?
I am new to Buddhism but I am not sure what Taoism is. Is it an an organized religion? What countries is it most popular in? Are there gods/goddesses, heaven or a hell?

I have been asking people on Buddhist Connect about it and no one has really answered my question yet.
You can go to http://www.BuddhistConnect.com to learn more about Buddhism and meet Buddhists from all over the world. You can also date, make business contacts, search for an apartment and look for a job.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
8:51 am
[airayn]
Love
dancing around
gentle swaying air
under the sun
a flower
so simple

so complicated deeper

looking ultraviolet
discover faint intricate traceries
new patterns of attraction, landing pads
networks of lives coming, going, feeding into
pollination
frenzied frenzied life beats, becoming
seeds waiting towards bursting futures
all this and more...
as

a simple waiting flower

why does love get placed under a microscope?

It's so tempting
tasting apple bites, bits, connections, meanings, happenings
rational examinations, complicated dissections
conducted with steel scissors and tools
to place the flower into:
a vase

so we can watch it die
in agony

acceptance and understanding
are not the same thing

lets stand under
the sun, washing rains
dancing swaying air
accepting our natures

being the flower

"A personal Tao" 2005
www.personaltao.com

Sparking some debate and such. I just published "A personal tao" which is freely downloadable
I am curious to get feedback.

Along the way I wanted to help the western culture heal. Its not about changing the world
but changing society. Society is a reflection of us.
We cannot change people, but we can help each other discover ourselves
and in that change in that difference, help make society a better place.

Thanks :)

Casey

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
7:08 pm
[ze_poet]
Anyone here heard of Buddha Bar? I recently just got Buddha Bar V since someone recommended it to me, and so far, it's amazing, imo. If you have listened to them/it, are any of their previous/later albums just as great? If you haven't listened to them, I would recommend you do so. :)
Saturday, September 10th, 2005
11:29 pm
[ze_poet]
Simple Being SImply Is
I am sure there are many out there that are not of any religious brand, but I was curious to know, if there are any, what attracted you it? Or rather, is there anyone out there that came from a religious deity, but later separated after going on your own search for what "Truth" really was?

I was raised Catholic. It was about a couple of years ago I'd say where I learned how to meditate and start thinking honestly about "what was going on." So came the question of, "Why do you go to church?" After contemplating this, I decided to make an honest effort to attend church on my own -- not because my parents told me so. It was when I did go more often that I realized that there is more than church that is out there. Here I was in a building full of other spiritual and obligated beings, all dressed up for show, trapped in this cage where most only practice their faith inside. This is how I felt, and I had this strong sense that there was so much more out there. So I stopped attending, admitting my hypocracy for even being there, and went on my search. In doing so, I studied the Qur'an, the Baghavad Gita, the Tao te Ching, the Bible, and the I Ching. More to come, eventually. Of all the different philosophies and deities I studied, Taoism and Buddhism seemed to click. In other words, they simply made sense. As I do not agree with everything within each deity, I have learned so much from both. I do not label myself anything, and learning is continuing to be a constant in everyday life. I practice being the Life I am and meditate every so often. Since my search, I have had less stress, gained more insight and understanding to so many different things, and have become happier than I expected to be a few years back.

I'd like to hear other people's stories of how they got to the point where they're at now, if no one minds. I think it'd be interesting, and quite likely, an opportunity to learn more from another. Sorry if this is too long of a post, but my mind was wandering.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
5:09 pm
[sanity_is_mine]
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would
appear to man as it is, infinite.
—William Blake
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