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  • The Te of Piglet, virtue in action

    Taoism News
    9 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    In 2014 your National Taoism Examiner, reviewed the first part of Benjamin Hoff's books on Taoist Philosophy ; The Tao of Pooh . The first book was recommended for those "looking for a delightful read", it can serve as a great introduction to Taoist philosophy and as a nice reminder for those who think they know the Tao.
  • Culture spotlighted during Keelung Ghost Festival - Taiwan Today

    Taoism OR Taoists - Google News
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:24 am
    Taiwan TodayCulture spotlighted during Keelung Ghost FestivalTaiwan TodayU-Theater, renowned for combining Taoism with art, is one of the best groups of its kind in Taiwan, while Master Lu boasts a 60-year track record and earned top honors in the prestigious Kaohsiung Lion Dance Festival competition two years ago.and more »
  • Friday Ramble - Collision

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:16 am
    "If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it."Toni Morrison The word collision comes from the Latin collisio, collidere meaning "to dash or strike together, a compound of com meaning together and lædere meaning to "to strike". For some reason, my mind connects the unrelated but similar sounding Latin laetare, the singular imperative form of laetari meaning "to be joyful"One thinks of collision as violent interaction, but it is not always so. The striking of a clapper against the inner wall of its bell, the creak of an old mill wheel as water, wood and stone converse within its slow,…
  • Externalisation – Trust

    A Quiet Watercourse
    Richard
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:35 am
    I want to round up my thoughts on Externalisation. It’s responsible for a great deal of good, it can help us achieve great things, but does leave us very open to abuses of trust. I want to mull that over for a minute. By externalising things both parties in the externalisation benefit from a degree […]
  • Hello

    The Tao Bums
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Thank you all for providing this forum. My name is Steve Perez, I'm the head Sifu at Southern Five Chinese Boxing Academy (S5CBA). My background is mostly in Ng Ga Kuen and Lima Lama with a little sampling of Pak Mei and 7-Star Mantis.   I'm now getting more involved in Ng Ga Kuen's Shen Gong and Chi Kung practices which led me here.
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    Taoism OR Taoists - Google News

  • Culture spotlighted during Keelung Ghost Festival - Taiwan Today

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:24 am
    Taiwan TodayCulture spotlighted during Keelung Ghost FestivalTaiwan TodayU-Theater, renowned for combining Taoism with art, is one of the best groups of its kind in Taiwan, while Master Lu boasts a 60-year track record and earned top honors in the prestigious Kaohsiung Lion Dance Festival competition two years ago.and more »
  • James Shield's Sheffield United Column: Baxter must realise playground rules ... - The Star

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:03 pm
    The StarJames Shield's Sheffield United Column: Baxter must realise playground rules The Star“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” Jose Baxter could do with a little Taoism in his life right now. The Sheffield United midfielder is a supremely talented individual capable of imposing his will on both opponents and the and more »
  • Ghost month a period for offerings and entertainment - AsiaOne

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
    AsiaOneGhost month a period for offerings and entertainmentAsiaOneHence, Taoists and Buddhists carry out such rites on this day to free the dead from their anguish. Business transactions, marriages, moving house and other important events are taboo this month. It is believed that the ghosts would create obstacles and more »
  • How does Donald Trump get away with it? - The Reality-Based Community

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:28 pm
    How does Donald Trump get away with it?The Reality-Based Community[And yes, that includes Rortyans and Taoists.] This is related to a deeper notion: that regardless of what anyone says or thinks, the real world is at least partially knowable, and that it's therefore possible (and undesirable) to have a false belief
  • Rethinking Religion: New column to analyze the many facets of spirituality - The Post

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:40 pm
    The PostRethinking Religion: New column to analyze the many facets of spiritualityThe PostI am not here to advocate on behalf of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Baha'i, Confucianism, Shinto, Taoism, Scientology, the Religious Society of Friends, Unitarian Universalism, Paganism, ...
 
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    Taoism News

  • The Te of Piglet, virtue in action

    9 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    In 2014 your National Taoism Examiner, reviewed the first part of Benjamin Hoff's books on Taoist Philosophy ; The Tao of Pooh . The first book was recommended for those "looking for a delightful read", it can serve as a great introduction to Taoist philosophy and as a nice reminder for those who think they know the Tao.
  • Philosopher of the month: Lao Tzu

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    This August, the OUP Philosophy team is honoring Lao Tzu as their Philosopher of the Month . But who was this mysterious figure? When did he live, what did he teach, and what exactly is the 'Tao'? Read on to find out more about Taoism: Lao Tzu is credited as the founder of Taoism, a Chinese philosophy and religion.
  • Master of balance

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Employing the tenet of "doing nothing" by Chinese philosopher and Taoism founder Laozi may appear odd for HKBN , Hong Kong's second largest broadband service provider. But chief executive William Yeung Chu-kwong thinks its very apt.
  • Forgotten Books: Chuang Tzu's The Inner Chapters

    4 Jun 2015 | 11:54 am
    Find a bookstore with an "Eastern Spirituality" shelf, and there will be a copy of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching on it. That 80-page, maddeningly obscure book is Taoism to most people.
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • Friday Ramble - Collision

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:16 am
    "If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it."Toni Morrison The word collision comes from the Latin collisio, collidere meaning "to dash or strike together, a compound of com meaning together and lædere meaning to "to strike". For some reason, my mind connects the unrelated but similar sounding Latin laetare, the singular imperative form of laetari meaning "to be joyful"One thinks of collision as violent interaction, but it is not always so. The striking of a clapper against the inner wall of its bell, the creak of an old mill wheel as water, wood and stone converse within its slow,…
  • Thursday Poem - Evening

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    The sky puts on the darkening blue coatheld for it by a row of ancient trees;you watch: and the lands grow distant in your sight,one journeying to heaven and one that falls;and leave you not at home in either one,not quite so still and dark as the darkened houses,not calling to eternity with the passionof what becomes a star each night, and rises;and leave you (inexpressibly to unravel)your life, with its immensity and fear,so that, now bounded, now immeasurable,it is alternately stone in you and star.Evening, Rainer Maria Rilke(translation by Stephen Mitchell)
  • Wordless Wednesday - First Aster and Little Sister

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    New England Aster (or Michaelmas Daisy)and Bumble
  • All the World in My Cup

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    A pure wind envelops my body.The whole world seen in a single cup.Kokan ShirenSome mornings, my cup seems to hold the whole world in its depths.  I fall in love with the fragrant tea and its earthenware vessel, with the table on which they rest, with the whole wide world and the deep blue space in which it floats, with my kitchen window and this tattered old life, all over again.  Then I sit down in front of the computer to write about the experience, and I simply can't get the words together to describe it, can manage a single inadequate paragraph, and that is all - a rapt little…
  • On the Edge of the Woods

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:20 am
    Damselfly, Female Eastern Forktail(Ischnura verticalis)
 
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    A Quiet Watercourse

  • Externalisation – Trust

    Richard
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:35 am
    I want to round up my thoughts on Externalisation. It’s responsible for a great deal of good, it can help us achieve great things, but does leave us very open to abuses of trust. I want to mull that over for a minute. By externalising things both parties in the externalisation benefit from a degree […]
  • Externalisation: Not all bad.

    Richard
    15 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Last week, I talked in my usual brief fashion about the idea of Externalisation. I want to expand my thinking on this a little further, to round things out. What I mean when I say Externalisation is the pushing off of costs onto a third party. The idea of somebody making a living by taking […]
  • Externalising Things

    Richard
    8 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I was reading through a blog called The Archdruid Report recently. Whilst doing so, I happened across a post that described the principle of “Externalisation”. Now in brief, the idea is that when doing business, you can push some of the cost of what you’re doing off onto someone else. The Archdruid gives the example […]
  • The Poverty Of Pascal

    Richard
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I was watching a video of a talk by the British Humanist philosopher AC Grayling recently. He spoke of Humanism as encouraging you to live for yourself. This did chime with my own Taoist / Buddhist views as the message I get from them is to attempt to be fully present in the moment and […]
  • All These Views

    Richard
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I’ve been spending a bit of my time on the Reddit website of late. There are a few subreddits that hold my attention, though in some subreddits the experience reminds me of when I held a much more stringent Atheist view than I currently do. I recall often seeing arguments, with people talking past each […]
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    The Tao Bums

  • Hello

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Thank you all for providing this forum. My name is Steve Perez, I'm the head Sifu at Southern Five Chinese Boxing Academy (S5CBA). My background is mostly in Ng Ga Kuen and Lima Lama with a little sampling of Pak Mei and 7-Star Mantis.   I'm now getting more involved in Ng Ga Kuen's Shen Gong and Chi Kung practices which led me here.
  • Aloha from Hawaii

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    I've enjoyed reading the posts on this forum, and finally decided to join.   I'm a writer, editor, and martial arts instructor living in Honolulu. I have long been interested in philosophy. My own views are heavily influenced by Daoism, Buddhism, and Western thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and Albert Camus.   I look forward to participating in this fascinating forum!
  • Dan Harden's Bodywork

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    OK, just back from Dan Harden's seminar.   First, you must understand that I have zero martial arts experience.   So, Dan is working with internal power. This is not Qi that he is talking about. At least not in the ways Qigong refers to Qi, or the way I understand it   This system is based on biotensegrity and the network of fascial meridians (Anatomy Trains, he recommends as a good reference), and using the model of the Heaven-Earth-Man (or more accurately Heaven-Man-Earth). This is not a new system as Dan repeatedly points out.    So, the art is about practicing…
  • New to Tao Bums

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    Nice to have found such good info on the web. Have been studying Baguazhang for a few years as well as Taoist studies.  Hope to learn and share.    Best   Lazy Man
  • Some reflections on Truth

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:37 am
    We cannot help but see that our dearest convictions can be completely ignored by our neighbour.  What we see as inviolable truth, he sees as obvious nonsense.   Which of us is right? The third person we ask to arbitrate, must simply agree with one of us or the other. But why must truth be the majority opinion?    We might say that our truths are simply our beliefs.  But even this is disputed:   'What you call my "mere belief" is an accurate conception of objective truth,' says one man.  'It is your version that is the belief - an erroneous one at that.'…
 
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  • 28 Aug 2015 | 5:48 am

    edgarddetroyer
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:48 am
    Absolutely All is Return of energy 2 its primal state of pure energy. All generated from purity within the Light or the One. All was pure & can only return 2 the One when compatible or pure again. All went from Non-Being into Being. All emanated out of the One into the Web or the Field of Vibration & went from motionlessness in Nothingness 2 perpetual motion in Somethingness. All was ‘Resting in Being’, the only purpose of Non-Being, making ‘Resting in Being’ obviously the required state as 2 reunite with the One. The purpose of Being is thus nothing but passionate, ego-less…
  • Back to Business with Squirrel's Spirited Guidance

    Ari Joshua Bouse
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
    A Full Sturgeon “SuperMoon” swims into Saturday’s skyline . . . Leaving behind a red haze all through Universal brain It’s back to school time for many of our children Time to get organized and back into a more structured routine Like the Moon, Nature waxes and wanes On Autumn Equinox in September Balance is reflected outward in Yin and Yang’s equal energetic alignment Masculine and Feminine energies dance together Showcases a theatrical trailer of equality between the sexes We bear witness to harmony being a natural and organic process There’s no need to…
  • Paradigm shift scheduled in D.C.; film at 11....

    gigoid
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:52 am
    Ffolkes, “It’s getting harder and harder to act weird.” ~~ Zippy the Pinhead ~~ International Space Station 2, orbiting Mars ~~ Artist: Ville Ericsson Image from Space.com Good morning…. Coming up with a justifiable reason might be problematic, but, evidence doesn’t lie; that means, sadly, no further dallying will be tolerated. It’s a shame, too, as we’re really, really good at dallying. Furthermore, the fabrication of reasons, of all categories and strengths, is sort of an avocation with us, (Luigi has his certificate already; who knew?), which means…
  • The Black Art of Corpse Magic

    Vincent Piazza
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:44 pm
    (Disclaimer; This form of Magic has not been practiced for, as far as I can tell, at least 100 years,the more esoteric use and abuse of this Art is around 2,000 years old. If any of this could or has worked is purely speculation, and I take no Responsibility for any trouble you my find yourself in trying to work magic from old Taoist Lore.)Placing a spirit entity inside a corpse was known in Taoism as Corpse Magic. It was a popular technique used among the ancient Wu sorcerers in South-West China, especially around the Sichuan province area. It thrived as a common practice in China up until…
  • creepy fantasy acceleration

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    27 Aug 2015 | 12:38 pm
    THE LIBERTINES ORPHIC HIEROPHANTS IL FAGGETO WHORMHOLE THE HOLY ICON MENTAL CLARITY UNDEAD CRYPTIC OCCULT PIGRINI POSITRONE THE ASCENT OF MOUNT ANOLOGUE WORLD MATRYOSHKA THE ORIGIN OF CHAOS RED COSMIC EGG
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    Diary of a Daoist Hermit

  • Mencius: the Economy and Legal System

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    I'm still working my way through Mencius in my own haphazard way and the following paragraph jumped off the page at me.With a constant livelihood, people's minds are constant. Without a constant livelihood, people's minds are never constant. And without constant minds, they wander loose and wild. They stop at nothing, and soon cross the law. Then, if you punish them accordingly, you've done nothing but snare the people in your own trap. And if they're Humane, how can those in high position snare their people in traps?(Duke Wen of T'Eng, Book One, part 3. David Hinton…
  • Internal Alchemy, Part Two

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
    In a previous post I mentioned some of the ways in which practicing taijiquan can be a form of Neidan, or internal alchemy. This post will try to talk about a few methods that I practice outside of martial arts.&&&&&&&&&I forget the title and haven't been able to find the book, but years ago I read, in translation, a Buddhist sutra that listed all the different ways in which one can meditate in order to gain enlightenment. The list was enormous. Most people I meet don't understand this, and think that the only way to meditate is through some sort of formal…
  • Secret Teachings

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    The reason why culture creates myths and stories is to ensure that there is a common store of images and ideas amongst people so they can more easily communicate complex ideas. These images are called "tropes". One of the more common tropes in spiritual literature in general and Daoist literature in particular is that of the "secret teaching" imparted on a particular student in a large school.I just came across one while re-reading the introduction to Journey to the West. The stone monkey seeks out a realized man to train him on the path to immortality and ends up joining a school. During one…
  • Internal Alchemy, or, Neidan---Qigong?

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    When I was learning taijiquan I was taught a lot of exercises called "Zhong". (I'm just spelling phonetically, don't ask me how it is really spelled. And don't forget that there are different dialects in China, which means that the same thing can have a very different sounding name---depending on what dialect your teacher uses.) The teacher sometimes referred to the exercises as being "marrow washing" and "tendon changing", which are phrases that are commonly used in Daoist parlance. I've never seen anything that is exactly the same in a YouTube video, but I do sometimes see resonances. I…
  • Journey to the West

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    I recently picked up my translation of Journey to the West and started reading it again. For those of you who haven't been exposed to it, it is one of those books that I think anyone who is interested in Daoism should read. People sometimes take issue with this, as on the surface it is a story about a Buddhist monk's travels to the West to get scriptures from India. This is a superficial understanding. The first thing to understand is that there is no definitive "Journey to the West" document. It is based on the travels of Xuanzang, a monk who traveled to India in search of Buddhist…
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  • I Ching #30 – Brilliance

    amy
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:16 pm
    This is an actual photo I took at sunset. No editing. Just RED. A big ole fireball in the sky.       BRILLIANCE   This post is #30 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. If you’ve been following my blog…
  • The Story of My Yarrow Sticks {The August Break}

    amy
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
      A friend of mine is doing a challenge called The August Break, which is a challenge to take a photo every day for the month of August. I am already starting late, and I am not fully committed to doing one every day but I love playing along anyways. It’s fun to see what people come up with. My first entry is the photo you see at the top of this post. I chose this one to start with because its got a great story behind it. The stack of books are my favorite I Ching books. I have been writing about the I Ching on this blog for a while now. A few weeks ago, I was talking with a friend…
  • Book Study Delayed

    amy
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    Hi there! I just wanted to post a quick note out there in case any of you were thinking of doing my book study group for The Untethered Soul this month. I have decided to postpone this book study for a while. This has been a super busy summer and I haven’t been on the blog as much, so it really isn’t the time to do this book study. I will let you know when I decide to do it – probably late fall or winter. Have a great summer, everyone!
  • I Ching #29 – Abyss

    amy
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is the Chinese word for Water (K’an). I drew this with my Buddha board, then modified it in Photoshop. K’an also means danger.   This post is #29 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. I’m not sure if I…
  • I Ching #28 – Great Excess

    amy
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
      28: Great Excess (Ta Kuo)   This post is #28 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. As I think of this hexagram, I think about my front yard – a gardener’s nightmare. It is completely overgrown from several…
 
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