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  • A World of Illusions

    A Quiet Watercourse
    Richard
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I recently found myself reflecting on the idea that the world is an illusion. In Buddhism, the world is said to be “Maya”, though I prefer English terms for plainness.  It can seem pretty strange to insist that the world around us is some sort of illusion; I mean, try to walk through the nearest […]
  • Personal Tao is Being Updated

    Personal Tao
    Casey Kochmer
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Julie and I are doing a major update to the Personal Tao site. As a result you will be seeing many changes over the next few days. Our site has been around for 10 years now and this will be the third major improvement in those years to keep up with the changing times. One major benefit will be that the site will be easier to use on smartphones now. If you find something that doesn’t work do let us know. For now we are porting the old site layout first and getting basic functionality smooth. Cleaning up and getting use to the new tools. After that we will be then improving the site flow…
  • Thursday Poem - Masks

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    What will you wear for Halloween?The trees are changing faces, and therough chins of chestnut burrsgrimace and break to show theirsleek brown centers.  The hillshave lost their mask of green and grain,settled into a firmer geometryof uncolored line and curve.Which face will you say is true—the luminous trees or the branches underneath?The green husks of walnuts, the shell within,or the nut curled intimately inside,sheltered like a brain within its casing?Be careful with what you know,with what you think you see.Moment by moment faces shift,masks lift and fall again, repaintedto a…
  • Power of Bach's music calms pianist through turbulent times - South China Morning Post (subscription)

    Taoism OR Taoists - Google News
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Power of Bach's music calms pianist through turbulent timesSouth China Morning Post (subscription)"There is a universal set of values in Bach which is shared by Taoism and Buddhism, in particular tranquillity and balance. This leads me to believe the Chinese are naturally inclined towards Bach," she said. Tomorrow's recital of the Goldberg
  • For Samhain, Hallowmas or Halloween

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Here we are again on the threshold of Samhain, Hallowmas or Halloween, possibly my favorite night in the whole turning year. Winter is not far off, and there's a chill in the air that simply cannot be ignored.  Morning arrives later with every passing day, and dusk makes an earlier appearance, village street lamps turning themselves on one by one, hours before they used to. The shorter days and longer nights are all too apparent to a crone's fierce and gimlet eye, or at least to this crone's eye. How did we get here so swiftly?The last days of October have a fleeting beauty all their…
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  • Power of Bach's music calms pianist through turbulent times - South China Morning Post (subscription)

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Power of Bach's music calms pianist through turbulent timesSouth China Morning Post (subscription)"There is a universal set of values in Bach which is shared by Taoism and Buddhism, in particular tranquillity and balance. This leads me to believe the Chinese are naturally inclined towards Bach," she said. Tomorrow's recital of the Goldberg
  • Building great walls for economic gain - Brighouse Echo

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Brighouse EchoBuilding great walls for economic gainBrighouse EchoIts population of 2.3 million is only two hours away from Shanghai; it has beautiful landscape and is famous for being one of the birthplaces for Taoism. The delegation visited Hargreaves Foundry, an established, family business in Halifax, perhaps and more »
  • China must lead the Buddhist World - Lankaweb

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    China must lead the Buddhist WorldLankawebXi has expressed the hope that China's “traditional cultures” or faiths – Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism – will help fill a spiritual void that has allowed corruption to flourish. The WFB Conference held this month in Baoji, Shaanxi Province and for and more »
  • Wicca Goes to College - Aleteia

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Wicca Goes to CollegeAleteiaThe Pagan Alliance was never intended to be a club exclusively for modern pagans and Wiccans; it was planned as an umbrella group for them, as well as members of “minority faiths” (listed as “Buddhists, Taoists, Shinto practitioners, Santeras, etc.and more »
  • For Asia's Gays, Taiwan Stands Out as Beacon - New York Times

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    New York TimesFor Asia's Gays, Taiwan Stands Out as BeaconNew York TimesReligious life here, for the most part, is dominated by Buddhism and Taoism, faiths with little doctrinal resistance to homosexuality. Although they make up less than 5 percent of Taiwan's 23 million people, Christians have formed the bulwark of the and more »
 
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • For Samhain, Hallowmas or Halloween

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Here we are again on the threshold of Samhain, Hallowmas or Halloween, possibly my favorite night in the whole turning year. Winter is not far off, and there's a chill in the air that simply cannot be ignored.  Morning arrives later with every passing day, and dusk makes an earlier appearance, village street lamps turning themselves on one by one, hours before they used to. The shorter days and longer nights are all too apparent to a crone's fierce and gimlet eye, or at least to this crone's eye. How did we get here so swiftly?The last days of October have a fleeting beauty all their…
  • Thursday Poem - Masks

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    What will you wear for Halloween?The trees are changing faces, and therough chins of chestnut burrsgrimace and break to show theirsleek brown centers.  The hillshave lost their mask of green and grain,settled into a firmer geometryof uncolored line and curve.Which face will you say is true—the luminous trees or the branches underneath?The green husks of walnuts, the shell within,or the nut curled intimately inside,sheltered like a brain within its casing?Be careful with what you know,with what you think you see.Moment by moment faces shift,masks lift and fall again, repaintedto a…
  • Wordless Wednesday - At the Water's Edge

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
  • The Other Side

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    The beaver pond is still and smooth, reeds and cedars along the far shore cloaked in drifting fog that billows and swirls as though stirred by a vast, benign and blessing hand.Earth and water are warmer than the air, and the meeting of the three elements spins a pearly veil over everything in sight. Sunlight or autumn rain - either will disperse the fog, but there is rain in the cards for today, and it will most likely be rain that lifts the veil.In a few deep breaths, the countryside has morphed into its early winter configuration, trees bare on their slopes, fallen leaves ankle deep in the…
  • Blowing Out Into the World

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
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    Personal Tao

  • Judgment Times or Empathy Epiphany

    Casey Kochmer
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Ponder Perception and then practice seeing in an expanded manner. It will change how you hold yourself and work with others. This is profoundly true. Once accepting that our interactions with each other are a mirror for each person: it becomes possible to use this awareness to deeply learn from every interaction. This awareness can help a person move more smoothly/gracefully in society. You discover it is possible to act more gracefully with the information seen rather push back out with assumed judgments . If you are not aware with empathy then it becomes hard to do this. We lose sight of…
  • Personal Tao is Being Updated

    Casey Kochmer
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Julie and I are doing a major update to the Personal Tao site. As a result you will be seeing many changes over the next few days. Our site has been around for 10 years now and this will be the third major improvement in those years to keep up with the changing times. One major benefit will be that the site will be easier to use on smartphones now. If you find something that doesn’t work do let us know. For now we are porting the old site layout first and getting basic functionality smooth. Cleaning up and getting use to the new tools. After that we will be then improving the site flow…
  • Energy Work

    Casey Kochmer
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Based on Hollywood and popular stories. This is what people think energy should look like The truth is energy work is not flashy. Anything flashy is actually geared at stirring up emotional energy. Energy work is a subtle art. What you see as energy and how to work with energy varies from person to person. However, most of  what people imagine as energy work in a flashy manner is imagination. Imagination is powerful, but without connection and action it merely remains imagination. Effects/Flash (visual or physical) require activating actions, to put some of your own energy into motion, so it…
  • Innocence

    Casey Kochmer
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Taoism embraces innocence. Being youthful in our essence and approaching life with a smile. Now as we get older we may end up using many words to help balance us to be on this path. We teach Wu-Wei and Pu to stop forceful actions and to keep ourselves open to potential. We teach compassion / kindness to keep our minds open in seeing others as they are -> not what they *project*. We teach modesty to grow slowly, to not lose heart. We teach non judgement so we don’t limit our spirit and thus maintain our innocence . We teach nutrition and healthy lifestyles to keep the body elegant.
  • Graceful Aging

    Casey Kochmer
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The best thing about hitting 50 as a Taoist… I finally now have crossed the line into being a teenager. Nothing like teaching a practice that feels everyone should shoot for 150. I am a 1/3rd of the way there! Woo hoo I am a teenager now! Still time to play! We approach aging in Taoism… as a reflection of one’s maturity and ability to see the universe with less obstructions… The label of being called an adult is not a final marker to a Taoist. Age represents a series of many changes. Every 7 to 9 years we evolve into a new story to hold. Aging as a process does…
 
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    A Quiet Watercourse

  • A World of Illusions

    Richard
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I recently found myself reflecting on the idea that the world is an illusion. In Buddhism, the world is said to be “Maya”, though I prefer English terms for plainness.  It can seem pretty strange to insist that the world around us is some sort of illusion; I mean, try to walk through the nearest […]
  • Encrypted by default

    Richard
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Soon after the storm over the NSA and the cloud services and operating systems we use some months ago; the likes of Google and other cloud and Internet Services companies announced they were encrypting everything. Now leaving aside my ongoing disgust with how they handled the whole thing, this announcement gave me reason to raise […]
  • Are We What We Buy?

    Richard
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was driving home the other day and a thought returned to me. It’s not a new thought, but reoccurred after a conversation that involved designer brands. I was struck again by the notion; it seems we are what we buy. It helps define our identities. Our society seeks to define us as consumers. It’s […]
  • Too Hasty

    Richard
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The thoughts continue to form after my experiences of the last few weeks. I’m pondering what I’ve learned about speed. I’ve long held the opinion that too much speed is a very bad thing, the last few weeks have solidified that opinion. On my course, we were asked to consider the justifications for driving too […]
  • Technical Beauty

    Richard
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Stop for a moment, consider a beautifully designed piece of technology. A classic car, or an elegant piece of mobile gadgetry. Pause for a moment to admire its lines. Explore the user interface, the things it can do for you, the way you appreciate it. Nice, yes? Maybe even fun. Now in your mind, take […]
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  • Do you know of superior books on Herbalism?

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    I'm talking Western, Ayurvedic, Greek, Chinese....etc...any type of herbal practice; it's all good...What are the best of the best books that you know of on the subject?   Side note: I'm particularly interested in finding a Chinese Herbalism book that goes into explanations of why the herb has its particular effects. For instance, some say that the taste and temperature of an herb primarily determine its main effects. But this isn't always the case. Sometimes what has a stronger effect is the law of similars...such as a leaf (the outer and upper part of a plant) treating the outer and…
  • Just a question

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    If an adolescent (male) say, finds out about sex early on and starts masturbating till orgasm by the age of 6 or 7, but doesn't actually have a physical ejaculation until 13 or 14. Are all his orgasms before then considered sort of tantric in origin ? You know because of the orgasm with no ejac, or does that always have to involve seminal fluid traveling up the spinal cord for a male. Just curious. speakin hypothetically people.  
  • Questions about my core; personal results of iron crotch qi gong, and practice to master the lower tan dien.

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    Check it out guys, I recently resumed more daily practice a couple months ago, I basically took a year off because mid last year was when I subsided for one reason or another. All my energetic doorways were closed and it took a couple weeks to even be able to meditate down to a depth that I know I'm capable of. Because of some personal problems in a relationship iron crotch qi gong  was one of the things that lead me back to practice, when I was meditating daily last year I felt my LTD (Lower tan dien) was essentially a "hot stove" functioning very well, It made my mostly…
  • Middle TanTien- Governs Qi?

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    I was thinking about the foundations of Taoist cultivations and the 3 TanTiens. The Lower TanTien governs Jing. The Middle governs Qi and the upper Shen.   The middle consists of Lungs and Heart. Why do these two organs, from a cultivation and/or clinical perspective govern Qi?   Some say the Lungs govern Qi because of breathing. Why is it the Lungs AND Heart together?   Some food for contemplation.
  • Greetings!

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Hello all:   I'm Michael A. Lewis, student of the Tao for 65 years... but who's counting?   I look forward to learning from you all.
 
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  • Fricasseed rutabaga with mulled acorn sauce....

    gigoid
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Ffolkes, “History has the relation to truth that theology has to religion — i.e., none to speak of.” ~~ Lazarus Long ~~     The picture today goes to show that, a) timing IS everything, and b) even amateurs get lucky sometimes…. I took this from the deck of a cruise ship while docked in Scotland, at Greenock, the port town closest to Glasgow. After some mild fixing of the picture’s features to bring out it’s best appearance, it became clear the sky to the right side is different from the sky on the opposite, left side, with the rainbow serving to mark…
  • 21 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am

    edgarddetroyer
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    It’s been mentioned many times that – Life is a Path of transforming the Mind as 2 end Suffering ! This means that Life although many don’t know nor realize it, is a resit & a reexamination 4 most of us have lived earthly Life before !  This means that Life is a path filled with obstacles, pain, grief or suffering meant 2 test us & make us change our point of perspective as 2 better ourselves & this also means we have 2 change our views 2 end suffering – suffering that is the consequence of being alive ! Don’t delude yourself ! What we regard as happiness is in fact…
  • The Lord who looks upon the world with compassion

    jupiterbeings
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Tall Ivory Carving, China, 19th century, standing figure of Kuan Yin in adorned clothing and headdress,  left hand in the mudra of appeasement position, right hand holding a lotus blossom, a swirling dragon at feet, standing on a lotus base, ht. 18 1/4 in
  • 21 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am

    jupiterbeings
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    The Self never undergoes change; the intellect never possesses consciousness. But when one sees all this world, he is deluded into thinking ‘I am the seer, I am the knower’. Mistaking one’s Self for the individual entity, like the rope mistaken for the snake, one is overcome with fear. If one knows oneself not as the individual but as the supreme Self, One becomes free from fear. Shankara (788-820) Meditations
  • The Book of the Right Way of Laozi - 56

    Alexander Duncan
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:24 pm
    56 He who knows does not talk. He who talks does not know. Dull the sharp. Emancipate the disorderly
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    Diary of a Daoist Hermit

  • Be Like Water and Let Your Ego Drown!

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what it means to "be like water". That is to say, what does it mean to "go with the flow" when life creates obstacles in your path?I often have little patience for "groovy, hippie Daoists" who seem to interpret this ideal as an excuse to never get engaged in any sort of effort at all---especially one of a social nature.  "Why bother trying to make the world a better place?  What will be, will be."  I've always seen this rejection of civic responsibility as not much more than laziness. But having said that, there are instances when…
  • Walking on Two Legs: Spirituality and Religion---Activism and Consciousness

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    I recently read a comment on a FaceBook group that crystallized something that's been bubbling in my mind for a very long time.The fellow was responding to a panel discussion that occurred at the recent New York climate protests and included luminaries like Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Sen. Bernie Sanders, etc. It continues to confirm what I have seen most of the time. These "Leaders" in the shift in the presence of humanity on the planet know nothing about consciousness. ---- All their suggestions are just trying to do more, better, or different from the same level of consciousness that…
  • Book promotion!

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Howdy guys, I know that I've been breaking a cardinal rule in blogging in that I've only been posting very infrequently lately, but I do still see a lot of visits to the site.  So I'm going to keep it up. I'm currently putting a lot of my energy into writing books, which, unfortunately, seems to include a fair amount of marketing.   So, I'm doing a promotion for my first offering. I'm doing a promotion for my book, it is free to download from SmashWords until the end of October. You have to register with SmashWords and use this coupon code: SD66Z . The book is at this link:…
  • A Daoist Take on the Race Riots in Ferguson Missouri

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    I've been following the events at Ferguson Missouri with especial interest as the events are taking place close to my dear and beloved wife, who lives in metropolitan St. Louis.  There seems to be a consensus emerging that something really wrong is going on in that part of the US, but what exactly seems to be somewhat vague. Much of the concern seems to be directed at police brutality and the militarization of the police.  But as an outsider who has developed a cursory familiarity with the area, I think that people should understand that the St. Louis area suffers deeply from racial…
  • That Elusive Feeling of "Oneness"

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    I've been walking around in a vague sense of funk lately.  I have had a hard time identifying why, but several very different things have made me depressed. First of all, I am somewhat upset about the huge amount of effort that I am having to put into marketing my book.  Everything I've read says that it is more work selling a book than writing it, and it is certainly the case that I've had to go through a big learning curve as I figured out how to format it, register it so I could get an ISBN (International Standard Book Number), register a copy with the National Archives, get an…
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  • I Ching: Hexagram #14: Great Harvest

    amy
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Fall Leaves This week, I had to fill out a survey for our health insurance. It asked me all kinds of questions about my lifestyle and diet. I have made many changes in these areas in the last year or so, and filling out this form made me realize the scope of these changes. Wow. According to Deng Ming-Dao, there are four great holdings: wealth, power, health and spirituality. In this hexagram, we are in a place where we are able to see clearly how wealthy we are in all of these four areas. Like a gorgeous sunny Fall day (or Spring, for our South of the Equator friends), we are basking in the…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 71

    amy
    28 Oct 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…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 70

    amy
    21 Oct 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…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 69

    amy
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 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…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 68

    amy
    7 Oct 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…
 
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