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  • How the Black Plague changed our view of nature - Troy Media

    Taoism OR Taoists - Google News
    29 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    Troy MediaHow the Black Plague changed our view of natureTroy MediaQUATHIASKI COVE, BC, May 29, 2015/ Troy Media/ – Western civilization has had a difficult relationship with nature, traceable to the earliest roots of the Judaeo-Christian tradition. The eviction of our cultural ancestors from the Garden of Eden in
  • Friday Ramble - Aestival

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    29 May 2015 | 3:24 am
    This week's word is one of my favorites, hailing from French, thence the Late Latin aestīvālis andearlier Latin aestās meaning summer or summery.  Both forms are cognate with the Sanskrit   (inddhé) meaning to light or set on fire, and at root of it all is the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) form h₂eydʰ- meaning heat, fire or to burn.In the science of zoology, aestival refers to the tendency of all living creatures to be somewhat sleepy and slow moving in the heat of summer, and botanists use the word to describe the arrangement of organs or components in a flower bud.I once…
  • Soul, Essence and Consciousness

    Personal Tao - Personal Tao
    Casey Kochmer
    28 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Art by Obselete-Angel Soul, Essence and Consciousness. All terms that create quite a bit of confusion. I am a bit bored today so what the hell lets dive into them all at once. I am in the mood for some spiritual digging. Soul I actually avoid the term soul in teaching at first as soul is a very overloaded term. Too many different definitions over history have been collected for soul. Whenever I come across a term which is overloaded like this, my reaction are that various definitions are not the root but rather interesting leaves of corollary truths. So at this point I get dirty to dig for…
  • Dark web Silk Road illegal marketplace mastermind sentenced

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    29 May 2015 | 3:34 pm
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/silk-road-ross-ulbricht-dread-pirate-roberts-sentencing#.mmYkwqBq3m   What do we think?   The comments section on that Buzzfeed article is full of people lamenting the strong sentence whilst 'rapists and murderers only get 8-9 years' (or along those lines).   I don't know the man, and I never used the site. He may well be a complete sociopath, but isn't it true that the major and only really relevant result of what he did was the enabling of truly free trade?   ______________________________________     And this goes into…
  • We want

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    yean
    20 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    We want to follow; we want freedom We want certainty; we want surprise We want comfort; we want an adventure We want safety; we want to be alive We know what we don’t want We don’t know what we want We want and we can’t stop wanting This is the inherent unsatisfactoriness of life Buddhists call this dukkha.
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  • How the Black Plague changed our view of nature - Troy Media

    29 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    Troy MediaHow the Black Plague changed our view of natureTroy MediaQUATHIASKI COVE, BC, May 29, 2015/ Troy Media/ – Western civilization has had a difficult relationship with nature, traceable to the earliest roots of the Judaeo-Christian tradition. The eviction of our cultural ancestors from the Garden of Eden in
  • Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz: Finding common threads that tie our beliefs together - Spartanburg Herald Journal

    28 May 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz: Finding common threads that tie our beliefs togetherSpartanburg Herald JournalOthers, such as Taoism and Confucianism, favor the pursuit of harmony, personal and communal. Our Western traditions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — tend to have a more linear view and discern that history is unfolding through divine intervention and more »
  • In search of China's ancient secrets - The Australian Financial Review

    27 May 2015 | 5:22 pm
    The Australian Financial ReviewIn search of China's ancient secretsThe Australian Financial ReviewNearby you will find verdant mountain ranges, some believed sacred in Taoism; the largest dragon-screen wall in China; Fogong Temple, the country's oldest and tallest wooden pagoda; and the 1300-year-old Shanhua Temple, featuring Buddhist statues ...
  • China Province Under Fire After New Rules on Churches - Wall Street Journal (blog)

    26 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Wall Street Journal (blog)China Province Under Fire After New Rules on ChurchesWall Street Journal (blog)While the regulations also affect places of worship of other religious groups, including Buddhists, Taoists and Muslims, most of the pushback has come from the Protestant and Catholic communities. Chong-Yi Church in the provincial capital Hangzhou
  • Texas Faith: Are there cracks in America's Christian foundation? - Dallas Morning News (blog)

    26 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Texas Faith: Are there cracks in America's Christian foundation?Dallas Morning News (blog)Nones seem like a return to Taoism, the first recorded religion whose metaphors and aphorisms are drawn from the Earth. I give thanks for those times when Jesus speaks personally to Christians and makes the divine a more heartfelt and human experience, ...and more »
 
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • Friday Ramble - Aestival

    29 May 2015 | 3:24 am
    This week's word is one of my favorites, hailing from French, thence the Late Latin aestīvālis andearlier Latin aestās meaning summer or summery.  Both forms are cognate with the Sanskrit   (inddhé) meaning to light or set on fire, and at root of it all is the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) form h₂eydʰ- meaning heat, fire or to burn.In the science of zoology, aestival refers to the tendency of all living creatures to be somewhat sleepy and slow moving in the heat of summer, and botanists use the word to describe the arrangement of organs or components in a flower bud.I once…
  • Thursday Poem - Daily

    28 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    These shriveled seeds we plant, corn kernel, dried bean,poke into loosened soil,cover over with measured fingertipsThese T-shirts we fold intoperfect white squaresThese tortillas we slice and fry to crisp stripsThis rich egg scrambled in a gray clay bowlThis bed whose covers I straightensmoothing edges till blue quilt fits brown blanketand nothing hangs outThis envelope I addressso the name balances like a cloudin the center of skyThis page I type and retypeThis table I dust till the scarred wood shinesThis bundle of clothes I wash and hang and wash againlike flags we share, a country so…
  • Little Dragon of the Air

    27 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Female Lancet clubtail (Gomphus exilis)
  • The Jester's Cap and Bells

    26 May 2015 | 2:30 am
     Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)The colors of these wild kin are something to see, and their delightfully complex shape always reminds me of a harlequin's hat or a medieval jester's cap and bells.  The architecture is splendid stuff, and there is a blithely capering choreography to the columbine's dancing movement back and forth on gracefully curved and arching stems. With sunlight shining through them, the petals and sepals are like stained glass.Columbine's native habitat, the hallowed place of its blooming, is a wild and wooded cathedral (or abbey) in the Lanark…
  • The Lady Returns

    25 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Greater Yellow Lady's-slipper(Cypripedium pubescens)
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  • Soul, Essence and Consciousness

    Casey Kochmer
    28 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Art by Obselete-Angel Soul, Essence and Consciousness. All terms that create quite a bit of confusion. I am a bit bored today so what the hell lets dive into them all at once. I am in the mood for some spiritual digging. Soul I actually avoid the term soul in teaching at first as soul is a very overloaded term. Too many different definitions over history have been collected for soul. Whenever I come across a term which is overloaded like this, my reaction are that various definitions are not the root but rather interesting leaves of corollary truths. So at this point I get dirty to dig for…
  • Dance Meditation

    Julie Alessio
    18 May 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Dance has become a popular way to meditate. Ruth St. Denis, often called Miss Ruth, was a strong visionary for sacred dance and movement meditation. At the turn of the 20th century she created a new form of dance called the Divine Dance.  While she recognized that drama addressed human conflict, she also realized it did not always aid the soul in awakening.  The Divine Dance was intended to awaken the soul. Today, she continues to inspire us to dance and awaken! …the awakening—infinitely more difficult—is also infinitely more valuable.  The dance of the awakening must evolve its own…
  • Standing Together

    Casey Kochmer
    1 May 2015 | 3:39 pm
    We should not have to stand alone when being attacked by our own country. Our country needs to wake and embrace us. Standing Alone (Photo: Chip Somodevilla)   I am a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10 for how upset I am at what is happening in the United States. Lets be honest: I won’t fly out and give it my all until I hit a 20 or the problem is closer to my literal door… since we as a family are working hard to survive ourselves. This is the very vexing part of the problem: we are all being pushed in times where it is getting harder and harder to live in a balanced / healthy manner.
  • Challenge The Times

    Casey Kochmer
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Look deeply into the Internet. Swim across time and space… We can see our earth to which we root Or to go to the ends of the universe We can see the connection of the stars to us We can connect back to our innocence With blogs, social media, virtual realities, news, stories, the reaching out of our presence… It’s possible to dive into and swim so deeply into that pool of data that we avoid living as the fuller option to connecting us to the reality that data represents. To swim so deeply to take all that data and fill the emptiness we feel inside that we forget to live. We all have an…
  • The Secret of the Golden Flower

    Julie Alessio
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Naturalness is called the Way. The Way has no name or form; it is just the essence, just the primal spirit. photo by Marlys Marie The experience of the blossoming of the golden flower is likened to light in the sky, a sky of awareness vaster than images, thoughts, and feelings, an unimpeded space containing everything without being filled. Thus it opens up an avenue to an endless source of intuition, creativity, and inspiration. Once this power of mental awakening has been developed, it can be renewed and deepened without limit. -from The Secret of the Golden Flower by Thomas Cleary I’m…
 
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  • Dark web Silk Road illegal marketplace mastermind sentenced

    29 May 2015 | 3:34 pm
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/silk-road-ross-ulbricht-dread-pirate-roberts-sentencing#.mmYkwqBq3m   What do we think?   The comments section on that Buzzfeed article is full of people lamenting the strong sentence whilst 'rapists and murderers only get 8-9 years' (or along those lines).   I don't know the man, and I never used the site. He may well be a complete sociopath, but isn't it true that the major and only really relevant result of what he did was the enabling of truly free trade?   ______________________________________     And this goes into…
  • I think that Satan was a Comet

    29 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    That fell to the Earth, and brought the knowledge of Good and Evil to the animals of the Earth through various plant teachers....it was actually a ship sent from the aliens, containing genetic programs, which would teach the flora and fauna through DNA/RNA technology, the mysteries of the cosmos...Yucatan! You lovely land, bringing together New York and Japan. We have been seeded by the Immortals! Who are our friends from above! FUA From Up Above! Whose down with FUA!? I know that I am!
  • AYP guy still curious of other spiritual practices

    29 May 2015 | 1:55 am
    Hi everybody,   I am from France, near Paris.   I have just found this site and just want to have a look and maybe participate in your discussions. This is why I am posting here.   For the background, I am 41 years old man and I have been practicing AYP since the 1st of this year.   I have no particular issue with AYP but I am nevertheless curious of yours (practices).   Regards.  
  • Greetings

    28 May 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Hello. My name is Lukas. I'd love to raise my knowledge od practical aspects od ancient philosophies. All the best!
  • differences Buddhism - Taoism

    28 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    I have felt that the two were more similar than different, but lately I am seeing very great differences.    I think that the goal of the two religions in meditation is the same. The Taoists in the Secret of the Golden Flower, say that the ego can remain after the body dies.    I think, although I am not sure, that Taoism like Buddhism believes in ending the cycle of rebirths.    This would have to be implicit in the Golden Flower otherwise the ego, as the Taoists call it, would simply be reincarnated, which I do not believe is implied in the SGF.   …
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  • We want

    yean
    20 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    We want to follow; we want freedom We want certainty; we want surprise We want comfort; we want an adventure We want safety; we want to be alive We know what we don’t want We don’t know what we want We want and we can’t stop wanting This is the inherent unsatisfactoriness of life Buddhists call this dukkha.
  • Blank  (Part 1)

    edchristmas
    20 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    With writing, the first question is always the same. Where do I begin? Perhaps with a preemptive defence, considering the nature of the ideas I enjoy thinking and writing about.  Previously, I was far more on the side of rationalists, of positivism, aligning myself with the Christopher Hitchens(es) or the Richard Dawkinses. Atheism and secularism. Nothing else. Whilst I maintain that their moral and scientific ideas hold strong, my own ideas about psychology and spirituality always had more leeway than their hardline truths, their absolutes about the power of pure reason, and absurdities…
  • Speaking without words

    James
    20 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Supposed words constitute nine tenths of discourse, quotes make up seven tenths, and flowing words are brought forth every day, refined by the influence of Heaven… Quotes make up seventh tenths and are there to stop arguments, which they do because they are respected as words of sagacious elders. However, those who are old but have not yet grasped the warp and weft , the root and branch of things cannot be quoted as sagacious elders. A person like this hasn’t understood the Tao. Nor has s/he understood the Tao of humanity. He or she is just a sad remnant of another time. Flowing…
  • 20 May 2015 | 2:32 am

    edgarddetroyer
    20 May 2015 | 2:32 am
    Saying that the Self is real & in need of salvation & we were maybe ‘one within the One’ once, but not now 4 that was then & now we are individuals, different & Separate Selves, is untruth & pure rationality & is like hanging-on 2 illusions & ignorance out of habit, stubbornness &/or frailty.
  • “I Don’t believe in religion. I belong to the kingdom”

    Fr. Maurice Emelu
    19 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    It was Sunday morning. I received a distress call about a woman who had stillbirth. She wanted a priest to pray for her and help her spiritually deal with her trauma and pains. No sooner had I finished praying with the woman, offering her God’s consoling words and warmth of human compassion she needed at her moment of trial, than I met with another girl around the vicinity of the hospital. She could be in her late twenties or early thirties. “Are you a minister, pastor or what?” I looked in her curious eyes and saw some interest, maybe to talk with this stranger, whose attire was…
 
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  • Mencius, the "Qi Flood", and, Activism

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    14 May 2015 | 8:42 am
    I'm not moving very fast through Mencius, but I am attempting to try and keep working at it.  So here's a little more about his ideas. (Please bear with my attempts to keep up with the issues involved in transliterating Chinese words.  Hinton uses what I think is the old version "ch'i" whereas I am using what I believe is the more modern "Qi".  Also, some will note the word "taijiquan", which the Canadian Taijiquan Federation considers correct.  These may look odd, but lots of people with far better credentials than I have been confused about these things.)My second to…
  • What is the I-Ching?

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:53 pm
    KMOI follow a series of Podcasts called the "C-Realm" which is put out by a fellow with the "stage name" of KMO.  It's difficult to say exactly what they are "about", because they range a gamut  of many different things from Peak Oil, police theory, gender politics, science fiction, hallucinogenic drugs, and so on.  The unifying element is that KMO attempts to draw psychological insights from the discussion.  I would highly recommend listening to what he and his guests have to say, as many times I have heard some very interesting ideas expressed on his show. Recently he…
  • Mencius and "Qi"

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Last month I tried to expose readers to Mencius by showing how he introduced the concept of Kung Fu (or diligent effort aimed at self-transformation) through the historical examples of people who had cultivated the trait of fearlessness.  He did as an analogy to introduce his ideas about how someone could similarly "still the mind". His analogy has two interesting elements that bear thinking about. First of all, he shows that there are different ways of achieving fearlessness. So, a careful read would suggest that he is implying that there are similarly different ways in which a person…
  • Mencius: What is it to be a Human Being?

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    I've been very, very sick with the flu for the past four weeks or so.  As a result, I haven't had the energy to do any of the regular things that give my life design and purpose:  taijiquan and writing.  Even reading fell apart, as I was simply too tired to do much more than prop myself in front of the computer and watch cheesy old science fiction shows on YouTube. MenciusAs my energy has returned, I did have enough to glance through a translation of Mencius that I have been wanting to read for quite a few years. He is usually considered the second most important author in the…
  • The Interior Life and It's Limits

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    Yesterday I was riding the bus to work and I noticed a woman get on, who I know suffers from some sort of psychiatric disorder. She is an older woman who once taught at the university and is of that generation of academic women who at the same time appear very prim and proper in a 1950s sort of way, yet who hold quite radical feminist notions. As we rode down the road, I could see that she was getting slightly more agitated and eventually, she stood up and curtsied.  She sat down again for a few moments, then she eventually got up and curtsied again. Again, a shorter wait, and she…
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  • Quotology

    amy
    29 May 2015 | 6:37 am
  • I Ching #27: Nourishment

    amy
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Nourishment This post is #27 of 64 hexagrams in a series of posts about the I Ching, an ancient Taoist text that has many ties to the Tao Te Ching. For those of you new to this series, you may want to start by reading my post called “What is a Hexagram?” that helps to explain more about the general idea of the I Ching. If you are just starting this series, you may want to take a look at some of my other posts on the I Ching. This hexagram challenges us to look at what we nourish ourselves with. As with all things I Ching, this question is asked on many different levels. You could answer…
  • The Conscious Parent {Book Study}: Week 4

    amy
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
      We are in the fourth and last week of our Conscious Parent book study. This week, we are talking about discipline. Dr. Tsabary purposely left this topic for the end of the book because she wanted parents to focus primarily on becoming conscious before worrying about the behavior of their children. One thing that stood out to me in this section of the book was about making mistakes. I have talked a lot about making mistakes on my blog. The Tao Te Ching has a lot to say about mistakes. Why should our children’s mistakes be treated any differently than our own? When I first read…
  • The Friday 56: #228 – May 22, 2015

    amy
    21 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    This photo was part of a blog meme I did with Naomi Wittlin at www.poeticaperture.com. My friend Deborah Weber has a way of introducing me to things that lead me to things, that lead me to other things. In my latest Alice-in-Wonderland romp through the Internet Looking Glass, I found this meme called The Friday 56. It’s apparently been going for some time as it is at #228 and it’s a weekly meme. Anyways, you can learn more about it here but essentially the instructions are to pick up a book, any book, turn to page 56 and post a quote from somewhere on that page. I cheated a bit…
  • The Conscious Parent: [Video] with Marie Forleo & Dr. Tsabary

    amy
    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Since we are studying The Conscious Parent through this blog, I wanted to share this video that Michele Bergh sent me today…enjoy! If you want to read more on this, check out the COMMENTS that were generated when Marie Forleo posted this video discussion on her blog! You can also check out my other posts on this topic for more about this book.  
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