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  • China's Mountain Hermits Seek a Highway to Heaven - Jakarta Globe

    Taoism OR Taoists - Google News
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    China's Mountain Hermits Seek a Highway to HeavenJakarta GlobeChina's rapid economic growth and mass movement to urban dwellings has seen a resurgence of the mountain dwelling tradition. Contemporary dwellers, whether full time or not, seek refuge from the fast pace of the country's ever-expanding metropolises.
  • John Boyd and Sun Tzu's The Art of War

    Taoism News
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Renowned US military strategist John Boyd is famous for his signature OODA loop, which significantly affected the way that the West approached combat operations and has since been appropriated for use in the business world and even in sports. Boyd wrote to convince people that the Western military doctrine and practice of his day was fundamentally flawed.
  • Happy, happy Yule

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:20 am
  • Meeting Mortality & Spiritual Maps

    Personal Tao
    Casey Kochmer
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    This is part two of A Conversation About Death is All About Life. I am a spiritual being taking a rest within the physical world. What is Spirit? Life always flows, in fact motion is the key of understanding the first definition of spirit: To move with life. The second definition of spirit is more complicated. Spirit is also a term used to represent non physical realities. What we label as physical, is the core reality we are rooted within. Yet this core reality isn’t complete in itself. Surrounding and intermixing with us are other layers of perceptions and reality. These other non…
  • No News is Good News

    A Quiet Watercourse
    Richard
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’ve been up to something quite unusual for the last week and a bit. I’ve been deliberately ignoring as many news outlets as I can. This seems to be a minority stance, judging by the amount of news apps we have for our mobile devices and the pervasiveness of 24 hour news. I wandered into […]
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  • China's Mountain Hermits Seek a Highway to Heaven - Jakarta Globe

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    China's Mountain Hermits Seek a Highway to HeavenJakarta GlobeChina's rapid economic growth and mass movement to urban dwellings has seen a resurgence of the mountain dwelling tradition. Contemporary dwellers, whether full time or not, seek refuge from the fast pace of the country's ever-expanding metropolises.
  • Don't try too hard: A new book on the theory of spontaneity attempts to ... - The Indian Express

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The Indian ExpressDon't try too hard: A new book on the theory of spontaneity attempts to The Indian ExpressInstead of following the rigid training and rituals required by Confucius, Taoists sought to liberate the natural virtue within. They disdained traditional music in favour of a funkier new style with a beat. They emphasised personal meditation instead
  • The Link Between Religious Diversity and Economic Development - CityLab

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    CityLabThe Link Between Religious Diversity and Economic DevelopmentCityLaband other religious groups (Baha'i, Sikhism, Taoism, etc.). The study ranked countries on a 1 to 10 scale based on their having a more equal share of these religious groups. The map above, from the report, shows the pattern of religious diversity The pluralism way towards religious harmony – Charles GanaprakasamThe Malaysian Insiderall 2 news articles »
  • Come Together in Meditation - Huffington Post

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Come Together in MeditationHuffington PostTao -- In Taoism, individuals meditate as a way to establish a connection with the natural life forces [chi, ki, gi]. Contemplation and insight is refined through the actions of mind and body, and as a way to transcend. Hindu -- Many view Hinduism as
  • NMH exhibit to feature Taoist artifacts - Taiwan Today

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:13 am
    Taiwan TodayNMH exhibit to feature Taoist artifactsTaiwan TodayA total of 183 artifacts depicting the history of Taoism are to be displayed in a special exhibition at the National Museum of History Dec. 20 to March 29, 2015, in Taipei City. “Taoism is China's only indigenous religion,” NMH Director Chang Yui-tan said.
 
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  • John Boyd and Sun Tzu's The Art of War

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Renowned US military strategist John Boyd is famous for his signature OODA loop, which significantly affected the way that the West approached combat operations and has since been appropriated for use in the business world and even in sports. Boyd wrote to convince people that the Western military doctrine and practice of his day was fundamentally flawed.
  • A Harvard professor explains Daoism, with help from RZA

    30 Nov 2014 | 2:37 am
    A statue of Laozi, often spelled Lao Tzu, is credited with writing "The Scripture of the Way and Its Virtue" . just glancingly familiar with Daoism, it might come as a surprise to see that the prodigious, two-volume Norton Anthology of World Religions, published earlier this month, includes it as one of its six major living world religions.
  • The Biggest Outdoor Wind Harp In Malibu

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Looking for light holiday reading? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and University of California, Irvine, professor Jack Miles, author Reza Aslan and Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR discuss the new Norton Anthology of World Religions. Miles edited the two-volume compendium, which, at a whopping 4,000-plus pages, comprehensively covers the six "major, living, international religions" - Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Daoism - and features text from religious scholars, theologians, missionaries, philosophers and poets, including rapper RZA of the Wu Tang Clan, who contributed to…
  • Chance to get in tune for inner peace

    10 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Over the past few years besides publishing books on feng shui, metaphysic and Taoism, I have worked with my niece, Jacqueline, and Mahmood aka Lam Mo Tak in producing Taoism songs. My niece is an amateur singer in Malaysia, while Mahmood in the 1980s and 1990s wrote well over 1,000 songs including hits for stars such as Hacken Lee, Leon Lai, Roman Tam, Sammie Cheng, Anita Mui, Alan Tam, Eason Chan, Danny Chan, and many more.
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  • Happy, happy Yule

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:20 am
  • Friday Ramble - Solstice Thoughts

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    The time of darkness is past. The winter solstice brings the victory of light. After a time of decay comes the turning point. The powerful light that has been banished returns. There is movement, but it is not brought about by force.  The idea of RETURN is based on the course of nature. The movement is cyclic, and the course completes itself. Therefore it is not necessary to hasten anything artificially. Everything comes of itself at the appointed time. This is the meaning of heaven and earth.24. Fu / Return (The Turning Point), The I Ching or Book of Changes Tomorrow is the eve of Yule,…
  • Thursday Poem - At the Winter Solstice

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:07 am
    Owl hoots three times in the far woods,fair warning for all small creaturesscurrying to their burrows.Are we not still and alwaysthose crouching figureswho flee the heavenly alchemy?Three times in the crackling air,Owl hoots for us.*Wind plays the drums of snow...staccato taps,crescendo off the roofs,flourish of shuddering branches.Ice snaps its castanets,its daggers.Atonal music of the darkest daysneeds the most fearless,subtle listeners.*Those strumming flamencofingers of sunlightare a long time away from now.Now we go comfortedin dreams and ceremonies,flaming our star-speck candles,raising…
  • Wordless Wednesday - Looking Across the Ridge

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:55 am
  • Seeing Through and Lovin It All

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    Is this place an ocean or a desert in winter? I am never sure which one it is, but either way, there is always something to feast one's eyes on and capture with the lens. Artfully frosted windows, heaps of books, bowls of fruit and cups of tea, it's all good. Besides, isn't a little uncertainty a good thing, every now and then?There are patterns here everywhere one looks at this time of the year, and they all have to do with liquid turnings and transformation: feathery patterns in river ice, glossy icicles suspended from trees along the shore, field grasses poking their silvery heads out of…
 
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  • Meeting Mortality & Spiritual Maps

    Casey Kochmer
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    This is part two of A Conversation About Death is All About Life. I am a spiritual being taking a rest within the physical world. What is Spirit? Life always flows, in fact motion is the key of understanding the first definition of spirit: To move with life. The second definition of spirit is more complicated. Spirit is also a term used to represent non physical realities. What we label as physical, is the core reality we are rooted within. Yet this core reality isn’t complete in itself. Surrounding and intermixing with us are other layers of perceptions and reality. These other non…
  • Destiny vs. Fate

    Julie Alessio
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Someone asked me recently if you need to be physically fit to have a strong spiritual life. My experience is that the healthier and more well cared for the body is, the more energy we have and the clearer our mind…the more potential a person has to live a connected, spirit full life. Interestingly, our fitness also impacts our fate and destiny. Most of us walk through our day disconnected from the needs of our body.  We think about going to exercise, feel like staying home and then go sit in the park.  Our thoughts, feelings and physical motion are not aligned and we lose our flow and…
  • A Conversation About Death is All About Life

    Casey Kochmer
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    I received this request today I was recently diagnosed with melanoma, I don’t know the full prognosis but the prospect of an early death has made me very frightened so I’m trying to find a view that gives more internal comfort and might help my feeling of isolation and loneliness in the face of this situation.   Any other sections you would advise reading or other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Having dealt with this issue before I wanted to write up a larger post to share with others since this is a moment we all face at some point. At first realize it’s a…
  • The Discipline of Wild & Free

    Julie Alessio
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    What is Freedom? Freedom is a wild river flowing… Wait, is a river really free? In daily life, freedom is often a matter of perspective.  For example, a river is constrained by its banks.  And, we know it will end up in the ocean. Maybe freedom has to do with being wild.  What is Wild? Google’s definition of Wild is: “Living or growing in the natural environment…uncontrolled or unrestrained…” Wild is a part of freedom.  A river is naturally restrained by its banks, however, it can shape these over time. A wild river will overflow its banks and discover…
  • A Personal Tao Update

    Casey Kochmer
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:48 am
    Well Julie and I have been working long and hard but the first month of site updates are finished. Please explore the expanded site. If you find anything not looking right or have suggestions of improvements please comment below. Brief Update List New Theme and Layout Better mobile support 7 new videos. Even better: each video page is a complete article onto itself, merging together materials we have been writing over the last 10 years. New Workshops!   We added a new workshop: Introduction to Shamanic Journeying for April 2015 in our yearly line up. New Articles Power Animal Retrieval Soul…
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    A Quiet Watercourse

  • No News is Good News

    Richard
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’ve been up to something quite unusual for the last week and a bit. I’ve been deliberately ignoring as many news outlets as I can. This seems to be a minority stance, judging by the amount of news apps we have for our mobile devices and the pervasiveness of 24 hour news. I wandered into […]
  • Stuck in Debt

    Richard
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was reading the “i” daily briefing from the Independent the other day.  The headline story agreed with something I’ve been saying for a few years and I know that I’m not the only one. Our economy here in the UK is dependent on huge amounts of borrowing. Consumer debt, secure and unsecured, is used […]
  • Thinking Too Much

    Richard
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    After last weeks entry, I started to make a few notes on something else. It’s related to seeing what isn’t there, and can very often be a cause of it; Over thinking. Let’s face it, we’re in a society where we’re drowned in thoughts and opinions. The tools we have can make it easy to […]
  • Seeing what isn’t there

    Richard
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Recently, I was watching the progress of the Rosetta mission when the whole thing had a shadow cast over it by a certain shirt. Dr Matt Taylors shirt’s been pictured pretty much everywhere else, so I can’t see the point of linking to it; the commentary it’s generated has been huge, there’s no benefit in […]
  • Making Exercise Difficult

    Richard
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I took up Yoga a few months ago, and I find myself returning to the thoughts that I had during my Tai Chi years. In the West it seems that health is something to be pounded into the body from outside. We have the whole “no pain, no gain” mantra, the idea of straining for […]
 
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  • Being stuck in the absolut - how to overcome it?

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I ask a lot of Questions:). I will see my teachers in 2 months and untill then I want to get rid of it. Sometimes after meditation or after different insights/ experiences my ego sticks to concept of no-self. I dont know how it happends but it is just pure dullnes, no emotiobs, no wanting to do anything, no life in my body. I know that it is another mistification but I dont really know how to get rid of it. And durring these moments my crown chakra is just burning. Like now. Sometimes becoming overemotional brings me back, meditating and trying to bring my energy dawn  helps to, but…
  • Caffeine + flavor enhancers = problems(?)

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Does anybody know anything related to those two things? I couldn't find anything on the WWW, but I did some experimentation now, and whenever I take a caffeine pill and then eat something that contains flavor enhancers, I more or less get a feeling in my head like the one you get if you over-oxygenate your brain, e.g. by hyperventilating. This is not at all a symptom of China restaurant syndrome, and on its own I never had a problem with that stuff, only now in combination with more than tiny doses of caffeine I notice that symptom.   I'm wondering whether what's happening is simply an…
  • What can a beginner do to maximize his grounding? :)

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:41 am
    I'm a newbie here. I did semen retention once and got really really grounded (I think it's the right word) - (a kind of innate unreactiveness and unscattering of vision, thoughts and consciousness).     Meditation - calms the mind, I guess practicing an unreactiveness to thoughts but this is abolutely nothing compared to the extreme semen retention experience I had. I see it as forced grounding of the mind. Agree?   Zhan zhuang - Heat (blod) comfortable circulates, making me feel more refreshed after. Is that what you mean when you say qi? Increases my physical energy.  …
  • Spring Forest Qigong is nice free download

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Spring Forest Qigong at springforestqigong.com is giving out some free material.  A 30 minute long chanting called A  Prayer for all living Beings Chant by Master Lin and 5 Tibetan Monks.  If its your kind of thing look for it on the site (you may have to give an email).    Deep and guttural like they're chanting through an Australian didgeridoo, nicely layered with bells and various sonics.   Worth a listen in my opinion, might be a nice change of pace to listen to during seated meditation and see where it takes you.    from the site: Like all…
  • Ascension

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    if you are not creating, you are coging    
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  • 10 Dec 2014 | 1:36 am

    edgarddetroyer
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:36 am
    The Separate Self (part 3/3) Buddhist Selflessness theories are not invented 2 popularize morality but 2 abolish delusions. Buddhist Selflessness theories are neither the result of rational thinking but quite the opposite. Obviously we are because we think, feel, see & apprehend ourselves separate from others – hence reflection & imitation. Obviously, we have a self & we are 4 we feel, think & apprehend other selves, but only here, only in our world & universe (& some other worlds) ! All the sensations that we have & the realizations that we make are merely the…
  • Meditation Notes

    Rebellious Qi
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:02 pm
    My neigong practice has been doing quite well lately, ever since the last post where I realized that what I’ve been doing wrong was that I was “trying” to do something. More specifically, I was “trying” to get my Dantian to light up. So since then, I’ve been simply sitting, observing my Dantian, and just allowing things to happen, experiencing every nuance and every sensation that comes along with it. Usually, I feel my Dantian heat up, and within minutes I feel that heat spread through my body and eventually filling up my head. It’s pretty…
  • 100 Words: Melting Expectations

    Susan McCulley
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    What are your expectations? Of the holidays? Your family? Your colleagues? Yourself? Expectations leave disappointment in their wake. There are consequences, young lady, when you don’t live up. Judgment, criticism, blame:  all tied directly to somebody’s expectation. What would happen if you let expectations melt away? If you replaced expectation’s icy tension with warm liquid flow? If you stayed open to the many ways this time of year can be and unhooked from attachment to how things turn out? What if you set the intention, planted the seed, gave the gift … and released it?
  • 無為 Reset

    joshfleming25
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    Our fictions fabricate the lies that shift behind our eyes. In non-action a spontaneous thought occurs. The truth of nonfiction, to see the forest again for the trees. - Josh Fleming Image by: Hasui Kawase
  • Casting the runes unnerves some people....

    gigoid
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Ffolkes, “Are you mentally here at Pizza Hut??” — Zippy the Pinhead     There may be many out there who read this, (which shows just how optimistically silly a mood I’m in; I can count, and, only a few hardy souls brave these pages each day…), who will question my use of the infamous pinhead to start out the day, but, to look at the expression on Albert’s face, he knows exactly why Zippy is at the top, as well as the answer to his query, which, naturally, is delivered in a piteously querulous voice, filled with apprehension and angst…. how else? I…
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  • Emotions

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    I've been really upset lately thinking about incidents where police have been literally getting away over and over again with, if not murder, at least manslaughter.  This in turn has got me thinking about why it is that I am so emotional about this sort of thing, and whether or not I should be concerned about these intense emotions.What crystallized this for me was an interaction between myself and a professor of law from a St. Louis area university.  In a on-line magazine, he was just trying to point out the legal framework that the Grand Jury decision in the Ferguson Missouri…
  • 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…
 
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  • My First Ever Online Book Club: An Invitation

    amy
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I know that we are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, but I want to plant a bug in your ear for next year…by that, I mean, a few weeks from now! Over the years, I have enjoyed so many wonderful books and I have enjoyed so many of you that have come back again to comment on my posts. I would like a way to connect more with you, so I have decided to create an online book club so that we can spend at least part of 2015 getting to know each other better through taking a deep dive into our personal spaces. The book I have chosen is not specifically Taoist in nature, but it does…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 78

    amy
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 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 77

    amy
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 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 76

    amy
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 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 75

    amy
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 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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