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  • Douglas Todd: In search of China's soul

    Taoism News
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    But many people in the East and West believe ancient Chinese philosophy has the potential to lift not only the world's most populous country, but the planet, out of a downward spiral.
  • For A Friend

    About.com Taoism
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Uppermost The top grain on the peak weighs next to nothing and, sustained by a mountain, has no burden, but nearly ready to float, exposed to summit wind, it endures the rigors of having no further figure to complete and a blank sky to guide its dreaming...Read Full Post
  • Friday Ramble - Trailing Light

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    She opens her eyes, the trailing edges of dreams in the woodland and by winding rivers brushing against her still foggy mind – impressions of roots, warm earth and mossy stones, waving ferns and wildflowers in shady places, flickering sunlight and clear blue sky seen through old trees, the songs of rivers in their blithe becoming.There was melancholy in her dreams, and an element of panic too – the night's apprehensions linger as she emerges with of tea in hand after rambling for hours in the darkness.  Has she accomplished anything at all in this old life?  What if she is just…
  • Learning Patience

    Personal Tao» Teach me Patience!
    Casey Kochmer
    23 Mar 2014 | 8:19 pm
    If you want to learn about patience, then this lesson is going to get interesting. To learn patience, it’s best to learn about impatience first. You see impatience means you are moving and not paying attention to other things around you. To be impatient is to go against the flow and always be off beat. The problem with patience is… it really isn’t a static definition (despite the dictionary telling you to quietly and steadily persevere as you wait for more details). It always changes relative to what you are working against. If you try to force patience to be at some…
  • Knowing the Path

    A Quiet Watercourse
    Richard
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Recently, I was browsing through some torrent sites. It’s a truth of life in the UK that the various attempts at filtering things are ineffective, for all the government might try. Of course my own views on this are that it’s Orwellian, but more of that another time. So, there I was looking at the […]
 
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  • For A Friend

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Uppermost The top grain on the peak weighs next to nothing and, sustained by a mountain, has no burden, but nearly ready to float, exposed to summit wind, it endures the rigors of having no further figure to complete and a blank sky to guide its dreaming...Read Full Post
  • Chocolate Pudding

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Life Before Google 1886 is considered the birth-year of the modern automobile; and the first commercial airline flight happened sometime around 1920. So now, imagine .... living 200 or even just 150 years ago, before the advent of these modern modes of physical transport; and well before the advent of all the various information and communication technologies which a majority of humans now have at our fingertips (e.g. telephones, Skype, and the internet with its various high-powered search-engines).  What a different world! And yet, has the core of human suffering, and our desire for…
  • Just Because

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:21 am
    alone on a rock crimson and alive with song: spring robin in snow
  • Duck-Walk

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    A couple days ago, I was riding my bicycle on a city path which runs along a shallow aqueduct:  a narrow creek-like channel, through which mountain-water flows. It's not uncommon to see ducks and geese hanging out near or in this little creek. What caught my eye, however, on this particular day -- and registered as a bit odd, if not downright silly -- was a single duck, traveling down the creek not by floating or by swimming, but rather by walking: step-by-step wading through the water....Read Full Post
  • The Flower's Deepest Heart

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Heliotrope How pliant the body When the sun Suddenly appears -- Each cell turning as one Like the gleaming shoal Or swift-spiralling cloud Of birds and fish Moving in unison. How every leaf and stem Lifts upward, Drawn to the the light, And every petal opens -- The flower's deepest heart Thirsty for radiance, And beating now With the same slow pulse as the sun. ...Read Full Post
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • Friday Ramble - Trailing Light

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    She opens her eyes, the trailing edges of dreams in the woodland and by winding rivers brushing against her still foggy mind – impressions of roots, warm earth and mossy stones, waving ferns and wildflowers in shady places, flickering sunlight and clear blue sky seen through old trees, the songs of rivers in their blithe becoming.There was melancholy in her dreams, and an element of panic too – the night's apprehensions linger as she emerges with of tea in hand after rambling for hours in the darkness.  Has she accomplished anything at all in this old life?  What if she is just…
  • Thursday Poem - For the Children

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    The rising hills, the slopes,of statisticslie before us.the steep climbof everything, going up,up, as we allgo down.In the next centuryor the one beyond that,they say,are valleys, pastures,we can meet there in peaceif we make it.To climb these coming crestsone word to you, toyou and your children:stay togetherlearn the flowersgo light Gary Snyder (fromTurtle Island April is national poetry month, and this is one of my favorites.
  • The Full Egg Moon of April

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When April's full moon comes calling and lights up the night, there is (or ought to be) tiny new grasses underfoot, the astringent scent of life-giving sap flowing through twigs and branches as the earth undertakes her reckless prodigal flaring into spring.  This northern part of the world awakens slowly, and in April we northerners tend to go a little mad, cavorting like perfect ecstatic fools on the cusp between winter and spring as we wait for temperatures to rise and the landscape to come to life.  In her resemblance to a great cosmic egg or seed, this month's full moon…
  • Lunar Eclipse... Unseen

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:19 am
  • Swanning About

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
     Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) From our perch by a beaver pond on the Two Hundred Acre Wood, the two floating tumps way off in the distance looked like melting ice in the low light, but something about the scene and the two snowy white shapes didn't seem right.  When one fluffy tump righted itself and looked over at us with a gimlet eye, we were delighted.Holarctic swans occasionally put in an appearance in our part of the world, but it doesn't happen often, and we had never seen them in the highlands with our own eyes.  The yellow eye lores (or patches) at the base of…
 
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    Personal Tao» Teach me Patience!

  • Learning Patience

    Casey Kochmer
    23 Mar 2014 | 8:19 pm
    If you want to learn about patience, then this lesson is going to get interesting. To learn patience, it’s best to learn about impatience first. You see impatience means you are moving and not paying attention to other things around you. To be impatient is to go against the flow and always be off beat. The problem with patience is… it really isn’t a static definition (despite the dictionary telling you to quietly and steadily persevere as you wait for more details). It always changes relative to what you are working against. If you try to force patience to be at some…
  • Modest Leadership

    Casey Kochmer
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Lets focus on the path of modesty and examine the challenge we now face at a global level: Leadership It is clear the majority of national leaders are not leaders -> they are merely power consumers and ceo’s it seems. More importantly people tend to wait until a leader shows up to follow before changing in a more major way. Since people are looking for big answers, people are waiting for BIG LEADERS… This is totally backwards. We know the answer to recover the planet actually is within modesty. Modesty is countless small answers. A big leader cannot coordinate the number of…
  • The Best of Times….

    Casey Kochmer
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:25 am
    The best time to be awake, is when living your life. The best time to dream is while awake… Why not enjoy and shape your dreams actively? The best time to live is now. The best time which is the best time… is when mixing all of the above at once. (You will discover grace within this mixing.) The best of times is ready for you. Don’t be fooled by the times being projected by fear and media. It’s time to make it your time. Pretty simple… if you live to it in this manner. Yes it might seem to be the worse of times doesn’t it? And that is the clue it’s…
  • Personal Tao Site Updates.

    Casey Kochmer
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:31 pm
    The Personal Tao Site update continues! A whole new Relationship section. 4 new Group retreats We are now also adding in a Personal Health section. Over the next month we will be adding quite a bit of new material, and also be updating the site’s look and feel. Sincerely Casey & Julie
  • Passing away: To Rest in the Heart

    Casey Kochmer
    16 Jan 2014 | 10:47 am
    One of my best friends passed away today. Sometimes tears are the best pillow. True friends never pass, they merely go to rest in your heart later in life. rest deeply my friend, rest deeply.
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    A Quiet Watercourse

  • Knowing the Path

    Richard
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Recently, I was browsing through some torrent sites. It’s a truth of life in the UK that the various attempts at filtering things are ineffective, for all the government might try. Of course my own views on this are that it’s Orwellian, but more of that another time. So, there I was looking at the […]
  • The View from the Roadside

    Richard
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    A week or two ago I had the opportunity to travel to Yorkshire. I wasn’t there long, and the purpose and hurried nature of the trip made me think back to the novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It also evoked a feeling that’s been creeping over me for quite some time, which […]
  • Holier than what?

    Richard
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:57 pm
    A theme that has been running through my mind very recently regards the notion of holiness. I was reading some Taoist literature and thinking back over my old Tai Chi training and I remembered my teacher telling us that the key was to do less, not more. The Taoist literature echoed this with the advice […]
  • The Limits of Our Power

    Richard
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:15 am
    I have to admit, when I started to write this brief piece on the limits of our power I was thinking more about Government power, but I think this can go a little beyond that. One of the things that has always bemused me ever since I started leaning about Taoism is the motivational poster. […]
  • Watching the Water

    Richard
    5 Jan 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Well, let me begin by wishing everyone a belated Happy New Year. Many moons ago, when I first started a Taoist themed blog on Blogger I wanted something fitting as a title. Water is a classic Taoist metaphor and the idea of a serenely moving depth was attractive. So the blog got its name and […]
 
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    Gathering Wisdom

  • Instantaneous Awakening

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:59 pm
    This is why we are here - to Awaken to who/what we Really are. Jesus of Nazareth experienced this, overcame this world, and tried to teach his disciples "The Way", as he called it. There is absolutely no difference whatsoever between his teachings, those of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), Lao-tse (Tao Te Ching), and every other Teacher like him of the One and Only Ineffable Truth since the beginning of time. The Truth is the same everywhere in the world but the terminology, oral and written, is necessarily different because the perspectives of this Singular Truth are based upon their respective…
  • Return to Eden: Discovering Paradise Within

    16 Jan 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Here is a beautiful Creation Story from the Sioux Nation that expounds the same Wisdom as Jesus, Buddha, Lao-tse, Chuang-tse, and All Enlightened Beings since the beginning of time. I particularly like this story because I have used the same terminology for a long time so people here in the West can relate to "Within". Enjoy!Namaste'Return to Eden: Discovering Paradise WithinTuesday January 8, 2013 by Munishwarji Walking TallIn the center of our own Being lies one of the greatest esoteric mysteries — a Holy Sanctuary where we can take refuge from the trials and tribulations of daily life.
  • Beginning Zazen or Zen Meditation Instructions

    14 Nov 2013 | 9:57 pm
    Below is a very good instructional video for the Practice of Zazen or Zen Meditation. Everything you need to know to start this form of very effective meditation is shown and explained in this video. This Roshi is from the Rinzai School of Zen as opposed to the Soto School that I am familiar with but the Zazen is done the same way. The only difference is in how he holds his hands or the Mudra but he also shows the Mudra that I use. Either is fine. Give it a try and see how you like it. Happy sitting! Namaste' Zazen, or formal seated meditation, is a core practice of Zen. This video for…
  • The Art of Meditation

    5 Oct 2013 | 11:19 pm
    Here is a short article explaining the basics of meditation and the reasons for incorporating it as a daily Practice in your life. Everyone can do this! Detailed instructions for various forms of meditation are available in earlier posts - particularly Zazen and Vipassana Meditation. I will gladly assist anyone who is truly interested in establishing this necessary Practice in their life. Just email me from this blog or leave a comment with your question(s). I will respond as soon as possible. My office has been offline for months and will be until Windows 8.1 becomes available and I can get…
  • "IT", Revisited

    20 Jun 2013 | 10:07 pm
    "IT" is at the core of every belief since the beginning of man. It is called by countless names but it can not be named. It is outside of the tiny illusion of reality created by the illusory "self" we think we are. It is the Infinite Creative Energy behind All things material and not-material. Christians call it the "Holy Spirit" or God. Neither name nor any others given by different religions or beliefs Is What IT Is. It is "that which can not be named" so I prefer to use the Zen name, "IT". I have experienced "IT" several times in my life. One very powerful and life-changing experience of…
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    The Tao Bums

  • zhan zhuang on the 6th floor

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Would it be ok to do zhan zhuang on the 6th floor of my apartment building? It would work best for me. I know that in nature with your feet on the ground is best buy can I still get great benefit from it by doing it on the 6th floor?
  • misfortune

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    does avoiding misfortune make you stronger or weaker?
  • Greetings to members of The Tao Bums

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    I have studied the nature of Tao since 1968. As a student in high school I had an unusual interest in the essential nature of existence which drew me to explore many different paths, with Taoism making the greatest impact on me. I read as many different interpretations of the Tao Te Ching as I could find, as well as Chuang Tzu. Of course there are so many more interpretations of these classics available now, and I have my favorites. The greatest inspiration and expression of the nature of Tao is the natural world, which no book could ever hope capture. It is my greatest teacher.   I had…
  • The Tao...not exclusive to China

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    I came to this realisation. I originally found Taoism the way many do, through TTC/chinese culture study. When I began practicing, I thought I had found something great and exclusive that mainly Chinese guys with long white beards have. It made me feel really great about myself. Probably ok if you're one or two years in. But now something has changed. I have realised that many ways that I now have were already present in many people in the west...and some haven't even heard of Taoism. It's like I train in "something Eastern" to be a part of what I feel is a superior philosophy. But this…
  • Brief Introduction

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    As an introduction in this section is required before posting anywhere else, I would like to make myself known to you briefly.   For the time being I would like to remain anonymous, hence please accept that I only provide a pseudonym, EFS White, here. I am 35 years old, based in Germany. I work in an artistic profession, and came to first study buddhist principles about two years ago.   Seeking a way out from chronic depression (of 5+ years) led me to become an avid student of bioenergetics (Alexander Lowen) — about a year ago — and finally Qi Gong about six months ago.
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  • Alchemy of Demons

    joshuabertetta8306
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    © Zhang Wang (http://voices.yahoo.com/photos/10-greatest-demons-chinese-underworld-3989877.html?cat=34)   The double doors, nine feet high, five wide, opened and closed by their own volition. A warrior gesturing him inside, Jen walked past a green dragon, coiled inside the doors’ left, and a tiger, crouched at its right. At the back of the central hall, a room extending in all directions, atop a vermillion chair, sat a man wearing a patchwork robe of green, red, yellow, white and dark blue, his eyes half-closed, hair unkempt, feet bare. He moved not when Jen approached, his scepter of…
  • Dujiangyan Day 2: Elementary Geography, my Dear...

    jameliam
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    The sun was out over the mountains this morning. I woke up to birds and tree frogs and the sun. It w
  • Yu Heuigyeong - Presented to Gyeryang

    歸源
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Yu Heuigyeong (劉希慶, 유희경, 1545-1636) was a Chosun dynasty poet. He was of the Ganghwa Yu Clan (江華劉氏, 강화유씨); his courtesy name (字, 자) was Eunggil (應吉, 응길); and his pen name (號, 호) was Chon’eun (村隱, 촌은). He was originally of the slave caste (賤民, 천민), although he later became a freed commoner and eventually a high-ranking literati bureaucrat. As a child, Yu Heuigyeong was known for his filial piety (孝, 효). After his father passed away when Yu Heuigyeong was 13, he mourned by his father’s grave all day and…
  • Tao Te Ching Study: Chapter Eleven

    theunderstandingpoet
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub; It is the center hole that makes it useful. Shape clay in
  • There's nothing like fresh salsa turning un-fresh to remind you that even the best things in life can have an expiration date.

    Nynia Chance
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    One of my common themes is Letting Go. I just realized I’m getting a very minor, though literal lesson in that today. Our refrigerator/freezer has just stopped cooling. Well, as it happens, it had sort of stopped a day or so ago, and now it’s quiet obvious as the leftover “chill” has faded. We don’t keep a huge amount of frozen food and try to cycle through the produce/etc. before it goes bad, but that timeframe has now shortened due to the loss of cold. I’ve had to throw out a lentil & sweet potato sauce I wasn’t done with, and we’re now…
 
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  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 44

    amy
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com! Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this… Here is How it Works I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to…
  • I Ching: Hexagram #3 – Sprouting

    amy
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
      Sprouting This third hexagram is called “Chun” or “Tun”. It means “sprouting” or “difficulty at the beginning”.  As with all of the hexagrams, where you stand in relationship to this energetic pattern depends on the lines that you are shown. Each line produces a variation in the storyline. For these posts, I will not go into the details of each line but stick to the meaning that is generally held about each hexagram. If you are intrigued about learning more, I will post the resources that I use at the bottom of each post so you can try…
  • OLW 2014: Feb/Mar Update

    amy
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    I wanted to take a moment and update you on my One Little Word (OLW) project… I missed February’s update. I did it, just not on my blog. In February, we were asked to create some action items to make our word more concrete. My word for this year is NATURE, so my action items were:   Study the I Ching Nothing says NATURE better than the I Ching. Well, perhaps a patch of woods does, but the I Ching comes close. My action item for this year around the I Ching is to try and read a bit of the I Ching every day. February was a bit of a blur to me, but I have started doing this the…
  • Scattered Life Collective: April 4th

    amy
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was inspired by a blogging adventure  called Scattered Life Collective by Cynthia Lee. It’s a great series and I hope that you will check out the rest of the participants and perhaps even join us! ——- current time: 7:48 AM, Friday, as I post this. on the menu:  Hunan Tofu with veggie eggs rolls from the Asian Bistro. Eric and I used to go there a lot when I was working from home, but we just haven’t been going as much and I missed it. So I called up Theresa and she knew what I wanted and then I picked it up on my lunch hour.  It is so much food that it…
  • Tao Tuesdays Chapter 43

    amy
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com! Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this… Here is How it Works I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to…
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