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  • Wu Wei: The meaning of doing without doing

    Taoism News
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Taoism has been misunderstood by many throughout its vast and ancient history. The misunderstandings are common among those that consider themselves Taoists and even more among those who have no training in the system, yet however, choose to write about and teach isolated principles.
  • Wondrously cloaked and singing...

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    On nebulous autumn mornings, the village is cloaked and mysterious. The earth is warmer than the air above, and the meeting of the two elements turns otherwise mundane landscape features into entities fey and luminous. I almost typed "early autumn" in the preceding paragraph, but as of the equinox a few days ago, autumn is properly upon us, and she is comfortable in her tenure of mist, rain, wind and madcap tumbling leaves.Fog swirls around everything, draping the whiskery trees like a veil, smoothing hard edges and rounding the contours of house and street. The north wind has been scouring…
  • Becoming Someone

    Personal Tao
    Casey Kochmer
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:16 pm
    It’s a tough challenge rebuilding oneself into a new life. When this challenge comes at a low point, which is often the case, you will also have to face personal insecurities and judgments of failure. A common question is this ( I just got this in an email today in fact): “Help! I feel insecure and have to ”become someone” now. How do I do this?” It is a common challenge to be tumbling within crisis while facing the need to start a fresh life. Often times a person is being dragged into life changes outside of their control. To be dragged into change leaves a…
  • Thoughts on Imperfections

    A Quiet Watercourse
    Richard
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The subject of imperfections has been on my mind for quite a long time due to work and gym challenges.  This has provided food for thought and of course, the thoughts on my mind have been largely questions of imperfection, flaws, faults and so forth. We are not perfect beings, the lessons life has had […]
  • The Breath Can Lead to Realizing the Natural State

    Gathering Wisdom
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    The article below describes how to teach yourself to Calm the discursive thought in your mind and to live, truly Live, your life as the Naturally Blissful Being you really are. It is not magic nor is it complicated in any way but it does take a continuous effort to refocus your mind back onto your body where it should naturally Be. The mind and the body are not two separate things but have become "separated" by the chaotic habit of discursive thought or thinking that we humans fell into long ago. We got "Lost" thinking about Reality instead of just Living IT! I will save the when and the how…
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    Taoism News

  • Wu Wei: The meaning of doing without doing

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Taoism has been misunderstood by many throughout its vast and ancient history. The misunderstandings are common among those that consider themselves Taoists and even more among those who have no training in the system, yet however, choose to write about and teach isolated principles.
  • Paths of the Spirit: Choosing between commitment and rejection

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Jesus leaps off the pages of the gospel as many different persons, just as we all appear to others.
  • Zen

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The teachings of Zen include various sources of MahA yA na thought, especially YogA cA ra, the TathA gatagarbha Sutras and Huayan.
 
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • Wondrously cloaked and singing...

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    On nebulous autumn mornings, the village is cloaked and mysterious. The earth is warmer than the air above, and the meeting of the two elements turns otherwise mundane landscape features into entities fey and luminous. I almost typed "early autumn" in the preceding paragraph, but as of the equinox a few days ago, autumn is properly upon us, and she is comfortable in her tenure of mist, rain, wind and madcap tumbling leaves.Fog swirls around everything, draping the whiskery trees like a veil, smoothing hard edges and rounding the contours of house and street. The north wind has been scouring…
  • The Last Rose of Summer, Perhaps...

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
  • Sunday - Saying Yes to the World

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been—a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends.
  • For the Fall Equinox (Mabon)

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    This is the eve of Mabon or the Autumn Equinox and one of the three observances dedicated to the harvest, the other two being Lughnasadh (or Lammas) which fell on August 1 and Samhain (or Halloween) which will follow in a few weeks time on October 31.  So here I am this morning, waxing thoughtful about a cosmic event that celebrates natural equilibrium, harvest and community.September 21 goes by many names: Harvest Home, Mabon, the Feast of Ingathering, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Meán Fómhair, and in Druidic tradition, Alban Elfed, to name just a few. Mabon is the name by which…
  • Friday Ramble - Autumn

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Autumn comes to us through the Middle English autumpne and the Old French autompne, thence from the Latin autumnus, and the Latin likely derives from even older Etruscan forms - the first part of autumnus (autu) may come from the Etruscan autu, related to avil, or year. There may also be a connection with the old Venetic autu or autah, meaning much the same thing. The second part of autumnus (mnus) comes from menos meaning loss, minus, or passing.  There we have it - the year is passing away. At the end of our etymological adventure is the burnished notion that autumn, both the word and…
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    Personal Tao

  • Becoming Someone

    Casey Kochmer
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:16 pm
    It’s a tough challenge rebuilding oneself into a new life. When this challenge comes at a low point, which is often the case, you will also have to face personal insecurities and judgments of failure. A common question is this ( I just got this in an email today in fact): “Help! I feel insecure and have to ”become someone” now. How do I do this?” It is a common challenge to be tumbling within crisis while facing the need to start a fresh life. Often times a person is being dragged into life changes outside of their control. To be dragged into change leaves a…
  • 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…
  • Hard Relationship Lesson #4

    Casey Kochmer
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    A hard truth for some in a relationship is this: The lesson isn’t always about how to stay together. For some the lesson is about what we learn from breaking up. In many cases we need to grow and expand against our weaknesses. Often times it’s the breaking up that serves as the fuel and material to learn against. A break up is also the chance to improve oneself within the quest of becoming a more complete person. People all too often focus in finding completion within another. Unfortunately, more times than not, it’s the breaking apart that teaches us to be stronger and also…
 
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    A Quiet Watercourse

  • Thoughts on Imperfections

    Richard
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The subject of imperfections has been on my mind for quite a long time due to work and gym challenges.  This has provided food for thought and of course, the thoughts on my mind have been largely questions of imperfection, flaws, faults and so forth. We are not perfect beings, the lessons life has had […]
  • Careful of that Cloud

    Richard
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This isn’t the planned post for this week, but events recently have invited comment. I refer to the recent leak of the celebrity nudes, of course. It’s something that was always a possibility, though no less traumatic for the victims when it arrived. I delayed posting, mainly because a point I want to raise here […]
  • Limited Observation

    Richard
    6 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was introduced last week to the limitations of our ability to see, reminded that looking is one thing; perception quite another. A group of us was shown a picture containing a number of pens and we were asked to count them in 2 seconds. We were then given 4 seconds, the result? Our perceptions […]
  • Signal vs Noise

    Richard
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’ve been on a bit of a mission recently. A bout of information overload has kept me away from the keyboard until the last few weeks, it’s also brought its own lessons.  The most important thing that struck me is how distracted we are, it’s not a new observation, I’m sure.  As a test, I […]
  • What’s the point?

    Richard
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In response to one of my posts, a commenter suggested a few weeks ago that there was no point to the world. I stopped to think about this a bit more and realised that this isn’t really true. The answer is very Taoist. In the Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff takes some time to make […]
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    Gathering Wisdom

  • The Breath Can Lead to Realizing the Natural State

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    The article below describes how to teach yourself to Calm the discursive thought in your mind and to live, truly Live, your life as the Naturally Blissful Being you really are. It is not magic nor is it complicated in any way but it does take a continuous effort to refocus your mind back onto your body where it should naturally Be. The mind and the body are not two separate things but have become "separated" by the chaotic habit of discursive thought or thinking that we humans fell into long ago. We got "Lost" thinking about Reality instead of just Living IT! I will save the when and the how…
  • 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…
 
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  • arctic warming up in more ways than one

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    http://rt.com/news/arctic-reclamation-resources-race-524/   there are still places on our planet for the exploiters to exploit !! cheers! and on an "unrelated" note, F22's have been tested for real in Syria  many unrelated things of note going on......
  • Happy Equinox

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    ... everybody ... may all your days be equal.      
  • Why we sit in silence in meditation and why it is the only practice needed to be done to attain God / Tao.

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    Why we sit in total Silence in Meditation:   Know that there is only this moment. Linear time is created through our mind ontop of this very moment beneath it all. Tao / God is attained only in this present moment.   Our mind and thoughts can not operate in this very moment. They operate into the past and the future. We sit in this only existing moment to differenciate between the us arriving thoughts and the much clearer and significant knowing that arises from within our being. This happens when we disidentify with thoughts, not any longer judging them as good or bad and through…
  • TTB appreciation

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Before posting here I went from western philosophy to confucius to tao. I just studied and meditated a lot.   Now I've been exposed to so many things I wouldn't have been able to do on my own. Everything jizz related to in depth translations of chinese characters.   I'm just saying thank you to everyone at TTB!
  • The Living Hell of the Man who Orgasms 100 Times a Day

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    hey everyone, iv been going through a lot of crap lately and i apologize if thats held up the board at all. i felt the need to post a thread with this link, and see what kind of responses it gets   http://nypost.com/2014/09/22/the-living-hell-of-the-man-who-orgasms-100-times-a-day/
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  • What can we do when embracing healthful change is SO very difficult?

    Dr Glen Hepker
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Glen, I feel that my health is not good because I don’t make a serious effort to work at it. I honestly believe what you say, i.e., that I have a choice to take true responsibility for my own health. I lack the drive to do so. I make resolutions, but seem unable to hold to it. Even so, I absolutely believe that I and most people have the ability to take the proverbial ‘bull by the horns’ and enjoy True Health. (Comments from a reader of my book and blog.) Response: Please know that I understand…such circumstances can be SO quite difficult – to say the least, K. That said, the…
  • We Were Out

    dmarshall58
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Though absent, I read the signs— a lightning strike drew a crooked line tree to house, and grass died along the way, snaked against resistance, and yet reached a door black along its borders, singed and scarred and saying something about how sky shrieks, how shock is never far from this moment. We never knew when we were touched, but the scent stayed, the charged burn— ions and combustion, carbon and ozone. My daughter said, “It hit us while we were gone,” and that seemed right, a visit from heaven just missed.
  • Face Reading: a Respected Divinatory Art?

    kjdkjd
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    “Everything is falling apart… except for my face which I’ve had lifted so many times I wear earrings on my kneecaps.” Joan Rivers (RIP) Having a face reading can throw you off balance, even when you don’t have anything to hide. You begin to recall being told as a child that that the eyes are the windows of the soul.Could the Face Reader see right through you, or the soul leak out like air, or an energy vampire break in? Should we not be on guard lest our faces give away all that we are? Sceptics might scoff at this idea, and the so-called science of Phrenology – reading head…
  • Welcome to Zenning Zen

    zenningzen
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    DSC08939c by Thomas Brown, CC BY-NC-ND Zenning Zen. I am not an expert. Let’s just make sure that we’re clear on this. The quick and dirty: I am starting this blog because I’m trying to quit smoking, and I’ve been guilty of reading and re-reading, trying and re-trying to find ways to quit smoking. Meditation (zazen meditation, and mindfulness in general) is one of the methods I’ve used/will use.  This is a kind of experiment.  Perhaps I am using this to record my experiences as a Pavlovian guinea pig, or however that goes. Why “Zenning Zen”? I’ve flirted with–that is,…
  • Perhaps he'll wait for the proper moment....

    gigoid
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Ffolkes, “Whenever a thing changes and alters its nature, at that moment comes the death of what it was before.” ~~ Lucretius ~~     What you see above is a digital map, with colors added to provide clues as to the composition of the surface it represents… The surface in question is located on an asteroid, orbiting around the sun, off in another part of our solar system, in an orbit that will take it close to the sun in the next few months, before sending it out and away again, in its long elliptical orbit…. It’s name, given in hopes it will give us the same…
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    Diary of a Daoist Hermit

  • 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…
  • What is a Martial Art?

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    I have some tracking software on this blog that allows me to understand which posts bring the most traffic.  I've been surprised to see that a few posts that I made years ago totally swamp all the others in popularity.  Those are the ones about how I got involved in Daoism in the first place.  And of those, the discussion focuses repeatedly on the Taoist Tai Chi Society (TTCS) and Moy Lin Shin. I suppose that this makes sense, given that the TTCS is a huge organization with affiliated schools and temples all over the world.  But in the on-going discussion that takes place…
  • The Ability to Communicate

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I recently got embroiled in a stupid argument with some neo-cons on a local newspaper's discussion board.  It was about a lawsuit that the municipality recently lost with a construction company about building a new City Hall. I made a mistake by confusing a figure ($20 million) that was being thrown around with regard to the suit.  The company asked for that as a settlement.  I assumed that this was for damages, whereas it appears to be a payment that the city refused to pay once it severed its contract. To a large extent, the reason why I made the mistake was because of the…
 
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    Tao Te Ching Daily

  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 66

    amy
    23 Sep 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…
  • Scattered Life Collective: September 19th

    amy
    19 Sep 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: 8:35 AM on the menu:  Caribou Coffee’s Spinach & Swiss Mini. Only 1 g of sugar! OK, so you need the back story… My sisters and I are participating in a social community called FatSecret (FatSecret.com) and we started a challenge this week that has us NOT weighing ourselves for two weeks so we can see how much we’ve lost in two…
  • Sacred Beginnings: Mystery

    amy
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      I am having fun with this random post idea from Mornings with Mary. Each day is a new word to consider and today’s word is Mystery. The Tao Te Ching is full of mystery. Starting with its author, there has been speculation over the centuries as to whether or not Lao Tzu was actually a real person. Some say that it was many people who wrote the text. Certainly there have been many authors supporting the text throughout its history. Does it matter if Lao Tzu was real or not? I think the fact that his life is relatively unknown gives us an even greater appreciation of his message.
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 65

    amy
    16 Sep 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 64

    amy
    9 Sep 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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