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  • Instantaneous Awakening

    Gathering Wisdom
    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…
  • Knowing the Path

    A Quiet Watercourse
    Richard
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Recently, I was browsing through some torrent sites. It’s a truth of life in the UK that the various attempts at filtering things are ineffective, for all the government might try. Of course my own views on this are that it’s Orwellian, but more of that another time. So, there I was looking at the […]
  • Three steps to achieving dream awakening

    Taoism News
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    If we cannot trace the origin or source of a material it is said to be abstruse or esoteric, while if we can see the material in a form but do not know where it came from it is said to be subtle.
  • Deep Sleep's Quiet Love-Song

    About.com Taoism
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    Water Table It is on dry sunny days like this one that I find myself thinking about the enormous body of water that lies under this house, cool, unseen reservoir, silent except for the sounds of dripping and the incalculable shifting of all the heavy darkness that it holds. This is the water that our well was dug to sip and lift to where we live, water drawn up and falling on our bare shoulders, water filling the inlets of our mouths, water in a pot on the stove. The house is nothing now but a blueprint of pipes, a network of faucets, nozzles, and spigots, and even outdoors where light…
  • Thursday Poem - Earth Song

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
    Listen to things more often than beings.Hear the voice of the fire, hear the voice of the water,Listen in the wind to the sighing of the bush:This is the ancestors breathing. Those who are dead are never gone;The dead are not down in the earth:They are in the trembling of the trees,In the groaning of the woods,In the water that runs, in the water that sleeps,They are in the hut, they are in the crowd.Those who are dead are not ever gone;They are in the woman's breast, they are in the wailing of a child,They are in the burning log and in the moaning rock.They are in the weeping grasses, in the…
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  • Three steps to achieving dream awakening

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    If we cannot trace the origin or source of a material it is said to be abstruse or esoteric, while if we can see the material in a form but do not know where it came from it is said to be subtle.
  • Douglas Todd: In search of China's soul

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    But many people in the East and West believe ancient Chinese philosophy has the potential to lift not only the world's most populous country, but the planet, out of a downward spiral.
  • Something To Ponder with author Mallard

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The Zen master stood and pointed at the moon. The students, staring at his finger, failed to notice the moon.
 
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  • Deep Sleep's Quiet Love-Song

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    Water Table It is on dry sunny days like this one that I find myself thinking about the enormous body of water that lies under this house, cool, unseen reservoir, silent except for the sounds of dripping and the incalculable shifting of all the heavy darkness that it holds. This is the water that our well was dug to sip and lift to where we live, water drawn up and falling on our bare shoulders, water filling the inlets of our mouths, water in a pot on the stove. The house is nothing now but a blueprint of pipes, a network of faucets, nozzles, and spigots, and even outdoors where light…
  • Afternoon Snack

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    I'm continuing to savor Original Perfection -- the English translation of five early Dzogchen texts, which I wrote about earlier in the month. I tend to devour very quickly books with which I resonate -- spending every available moment with them: late into the night, early in the morning, etc. -- often finishing extremely long texts within a matter of days.  So I've been surprised to find myself taking this one very slowly: reading just a page or two, and then putting it down; re-reading sections; and toggling leisurely between the main text and the footnotes and glossary....Read Full…
  • Splash

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Yesterday, as I was walking along the edge of the little marsh-pond, just beyond the swatch of woods, in the late afternoon, suddenly there was a rather dramatic splashing-sound. Immediately I turned my head, to see what it might be. As my eyes scanned the surface of the pond, in the general direction from which the sound seemed to come, what I saw first were the first couple of smoothly-expanding circles, rippling out from where the creature (whatever it was) must have entered the water....Read Full Post
  • For A Friend

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Uppermost The top grain on the peak weighs next to nothing and, sustained by a mountain, has no burden, but nearly ready to float, exposed to summit wind, it endures the rigors of having no further figure to complete and a blank sky to guide its dreaming...Read Full Post
  • Chocolate Pudding

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Life Before Google 1886 is considered the birth-year of the modern automobile; and the first commercial airline flight happened sometime around 1920. So now, imagine .... living 200 or even just 150 years ago, before the advent of these modern modes of physical transport; and well before the advent of all the various information and communication technologies which a majority of humans now have at our fingertips (e.g. telephones, Skype, and the internet with its various high-powered search-engines).  What a different world! And yet, has the core of human suffering, and our desire for…
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • Thursday Poem - Earth Song

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
    Listen to things more often than beings.Hear the voice of the fire, hear the voice of the water,Listen in the wind to the sighing of the bush:This is the ancestors breathing. Those who are dead are never gone;The dead are not down in the earth:They are in the trembling of the trees,In the groaning of the woods,In the water that runs, in the water that sleeps,They are in the hut, they are in the crowd.Those who are dead are not ever gone;They are in the woman's breast, they are in the wailing of a child,They are in the burning log and in the moaning rock.They are in the weeping grasses, in the…
  • Wordless Wednesday - World Book Day, April 23

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
  • Out in the Floating Fog

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    On the other side of the windows is rain and fog and graceful skeletal trees doing their best to put out leaves, catkins and flowers... There was rain in the village overnight, but somewhere in the morning fog is a robin calling for more rain, a woodpecker (probably a pileated from the volume of the hammering) driving his beak into one of the old maples with enthusiasm.  Now again, he (or possibly she) pauses, takes a few deep breaths and gives a wild unfettered laugh that carries for quite  distance.  Even a bird in the fog, it seems, knows the value of taking a break now…
  • Farewell to Gabo

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth.Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude I read Gabo's mythic novel for the…
  • Happy Easter, happy springtime!

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
 
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    A Quiet Watercourse

  • Knowing the Path

    Richard
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Recently, I was browsing through some torrent sites. It’s a truth of life in the UK that the various attempts at filtering things are ineffective, for all the government might try. Of course my own views on this are that it’s Orwellian, but more of that another time. So, there I was looking at the […]
  • The View from the Roadside

    Richard
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    A week or two ago I had the opportunity to travel to Yorkshire. I wasn’t there long, and the purpose and hurried nature of the trip made me think back to the novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It also evoked a feeling that’s been creeping over me for quite some time, which […]
  • Holier than what?

    Richard
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:57 pm
    A theme that has been running through my mind very recently regards the notion of holiness. I was reading some Taoist literature and thinking back over my old Tai Chi training and I remembered my teacher telling us that the key was to do less, not more. The Taoist literature echoed this with the advice […]
  • The Limits of Our Power

    Richard
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:15 am
    I have to admit, when I started to write this brief piece on the limits of our power I was thinking more about Government power, but I think this can go a little beyond that. One of the things that has always bemused me ever since I started leaning about Taoism is the motivational poster. […]
  • Watching the Water

    Richard
    5 Jan 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Well, let me begin by wishing everyone a belated Happy New Year. Many moons ago, when I first started a Taoist themed blog on Blogger I wanted something fitting as a title. Water is a classic Taoist metaphor and the idea of a serenely moving depth was attractive. So the blog got its name and […]
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    Gathering Wisdom

  • 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…
  • "IT", Revisited

    20 Jun 2013 | 10:07 pm
    "IT" is at the core of every belief since the beginning of man. It is called by countless names but it can not be named. It is outside of the tiny illusion of reality created by the illusory "self" we think we are. It is the Infinite Creative Energy behind All things material and not-material. Christians call it the "Holy Spirit" or God. Neither name nor any others given by different religions or beliefs Is What IT Is. It is "that which can not be named" so I prefer to use the Zen name, "IT". I have experienced "IT" several times in my life. One very powerful and life-changing experience of…
 
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  • After kundalini awakening, what next?

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    After an individual has successfully raised their Kundalini to the crown chakra, producing the satori/enlightenment experience, what is the next stage of progression? What does living with an activated kundalini present that is not present in an inactive kundalini?   I have felt some awesome things mostly working with energy - after a little qigong (i.e. many hours a day consecutively for a few months) I find myself able to build up globs of energy and mould them into shapes. It feels fairly difficult to do this as it needs hours of movement work to build the energy into one ball of…
  • the downward flow and your sex appeal

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Hi guys   i have read on many places that the upward flowing energy makes you more attractive towards opposite sex   it increases your sex appeal, its also called the kundalini practice   but what happens when you are a water path practitioner like the kunlun system   where the energy flows downward   what happens then ?   does it make you less atttractive ? or may be even more attractive than the fire path ?   i would like to hear your valuable insights and probably some experiences of water path practitioner
  • Get a Haircut & Get a Real Job - OK! Will Do!

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    At least the haircut part...but only if this guy is the barber!
  • Can we practice/meditate/do significant energy work while working on other things?

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Hello various internet entities,   I have long browsed these forum and recently found myself returning to them for the value of the discusssion. And today I specifically created this account to ask one question that I have been challenging myself with answering.   Can we practice/meditate/do significant energy work while working on other things?   I think to myself about how much time I spend each day seriously meditating (usually a half hour to a hour), and think but what about when I am doing other things? Does that count?   I ask myself, and answer, sometimes. I at most…
  • Skydogs

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    Skydog is a skydog from the sky He writes some nonsense To cover up for his own nonsense Asking questions he doesnt need to With intentions that are misguided silly skydog is a skydog skydogs unite  
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    Jay
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    The Sun is losing venom. Snake rests in hollow log, protruding. I grasp for the tail, summer slides through my fingers.   I do not endorse any advertisements WordPress may run below this post.
  • Sunday Matinee: The Tao of Physics

    H3nry J3kyll
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    “Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science but man needs both.
  • Can the 'real magic' be in the effort?

    Dr Glen Hepker
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    “Glen, it seems like our society is often looking for answers to difficulties with a one-size-fits-all mentality. You have taught, coached, and practiced your traditional health and wellness arts for a long time. What is your outlook, and how do you think that people can embrace health and wellness, even if one-size-doesn’t-fit-all?” (An inquiry from a reader of my book and blog.) Response: Thanks so very much. I believe it is significant to take into account that this is a holistic health and wellness philosophy. With regard to its practical application, it is QUITE important…
  • Tao Te Ching Study: Chapter Eighteen

    theunderstandingpoet
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    When the great Tao is forgotten, Kindness and morality arise. When wisdom and intelligence are born,
  • Inferno/Shadows

    poemsfromatexan
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Mein Kopf or tete is exploding, In a dream, that turned lucid, Left my body, damned nuisance, To live through my soul, That vesper of gas and molecules, That links you to universal, That bigger you, That we are all balls of gas in different constellations, Shining like fire never forsaken As we dance among our human prize Our shadows come alive actualized through mind, As the spirit writhes through art, Navigating light and dark Poem by Mardaweh Tompo
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  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 45

    amy
    22 Apr 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…
  • I Ching: Hexagram #4 – Youth

    amy
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
        Meng / Youth (Hexagram image from Wikipedia) The trigrams of this hexagram are Mountain (top three lines) over Water (bottom three lines). The mountain represents the wisdom of age, the water at the base of the mountain represents youth. Water (youth) tends to go in all directions and doesn’t really have a set path. Mountains tend to be very unmoving as we adults often are. Water is fluid. This fluidity is crucial for mankind to evolve out of our old set patterns that may not serve us anymore. Mountains are strong and have the wisdom of experience. Mountains are able to…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 44

    amy
    15 Apr 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…
  • I Ching: Hexagram #3 – Sprouting

    amy
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
      Sprouting This third hexagram is called “Chun” or “Tun”. It means “sprouting” or “difficulty at the beginning”.  As with all of the hexagrams, where you stand in relationship to this energetic pattern depends on the lines that you are shown. Each line produces a variation in the storyline. For these posts, I will not go into the details of each line but stick to the meaning that is generally held about each hexagram. If you are intrigued about learning more, I will post the resources that I use at the bottom of each post so you can try…
  • OLW 2014: Feb/Mar Update

    amy
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    I wanted to take a moment and update you on my One Little Word (OLW) project… I missed February’s update. I did it, just not on my blog. In February, we were asked to create some action items to make our word more concrete. My word for this year is NATURE, so my action items were:   Study the I Ching Nothing says NATURE better than the I Ching. Well, perhaps a patch of woods does, but the I Ching comes close. My action item for this year around the I Ching is to try and read a bit of the I Ching every day. February was a bit of a blur to me, but I have started doing this the…
 
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