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Tuesday, May 11th, 2004
8:49 pm
New Taoism Community
just started tao_talk

(yes, it's a joke, talkin' about the tao)

come join & help make it what you want it to be!

the lj user formally known as rawdolphin
Monday, December 29th, 2003
8:18 am
The Way
allow things to go their own way.

-- if a child falls down, is this "things going their own way" and should I respond by not helping, not interfering?

The way is for children to be loved and assisted by the adults around them. When a child falls, you pick it up. To stay your hand is to interfere.

Do what you know you must do, and allow things to go their own way.


this sounds like there is a need to have a moral schema defined, so you know when to interfere. Creating a moral schema is interfering in what you know you must do. I believe that once we are human, none of us needs to be told what to do. I believe that what we must do is to some degree culturally relevant, and to some degree innately human. I think cultures reflect, by and large, what is innately human, though certain cultural pressures can skew this.

I believe that one can listen and hear what informs this. It isn't consistent, it isn't rational.

hold on to the center
Sunday, September 28th, 2003
10:11 am
Sunstone Symposium
I recently spoke as a member of a panel discussion at the Sunstone Symposium in SLC on the Tao and an LDS perspective. Sunstone Symposium seeks to "sponsor open forums of Mormon thought and experience" (http://www.sunstoneonline.com/sunstone/frm-sunst.asp?page=mission, 2003). As a one-time Mormon who has studied various religions, my perspective was sought to describe something in the general category of "eastern religions", and I focused on my experience with Laoist ideas (those that concentrate on "Tao te Ching" as a text, rather than "Taoism" as a religion).

Anyway, here is my paperCollapse )
Monday, September 1st, 2003
4:21 pm
What would you say is the difference between Taoism and Nihilism?

crossposted to taoism, taoistwisdom, along_the_way, tao_of_pooh, everyday_tao, wu_wei_family, laotzu, nihilists.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, February 24th, 2003
1:56 pm
Taoist MeetUp, pass it on! :P

Well, the people over at MeetUp thought that a Taoist MeetUp might be a good idea. This might be a good way of dealing with the trickiness of finding other Taoists (or those interested in Taoism) locally. Just thought you might be interested. :) -mbanu
Friday, September 20th, 2002
9:04 am
The Mao of Recumbents (cross posted)
Pen and the Dart of Recumbent Riding

Me and My Arrow

My Tao seems to be lurking everywhere in my peripheral vision. If I turn toward it, try to focus on it, it vanishes. I see it on the ride to school in the morning. There is a parking lot that I go through. On my recumbent, the length of the frame rewards and punishes. One way that it can be bothersome is to make riding over a bumpy washboard gravel and dirt road uncomfortable. One can't stand to avoid problems by moving with the ground, one must traverse the problem. As I ride I begin to see that the lot becomes a miniature tableau, and I can find the line over the top ridge. Once, when it was raining it was patently obvious (if you looked), but usually one has to approach the stretch with an open heart, as the daily vicissitudes of weather seem to carve new terrains. I think that the path through that patch is like the Tao. Once, early in the morning in the dark when I couldn't see, I rode the most smoothly through that section. It was so funny I laughed out loud in the quiet pre-rush.

The last bit of the ride to school is all downhill, has several 90 degree turns, and some fun little distractions (a roundabout a statue, a little tunnel to go through). Here is where the found Tao takes me over and I sail and cut a line through joy.

The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.


Those who know don't talk.
Those who talk don't know.
Friday, October 19th, 2001
4:49 pm
Along the Way.
along_the_wayI have stated a new community devoted to the study of the Tao te ching. I would like to post a few passages and invite potential members to comment on those passages as they pertain to thier daily lives. Thank you. And welcome.
Sunday, October 14th, 2001
12:49 am
I was trying to tell my oldest daughter, about the idea of being centered in the Tao. Inherent, it seems to me, in the idea of the Tao is the idea that you can't get your mind around it, much less find something analogous to a 'code of life' that one models from it.

It seems to me that one can't reach to the center, instead one must retreat to it.
Friday, September 7th, 2001
3:40 pm
Good Website
Here is a good website with a lot of links to different translations: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/gthursby/taoism/
5:31 am
Tao te Ching online
Here is an online version of Stephen Mitchells 'Tao te Ching'.
Thursday, September 6th, 2001
1:53 pm
First Entry
I created this community for the discussion of the texts Tao te Ching and the Chung Tzu and other related taoist texts, the ideas associated with these texts and their application in ancient, modern and future life.

I first read the Tao te Ching without knowing what it was. In some of the works of Ursula LeGuin the Taoteching would be quoted in connection with the ideas in her fiction. These words had a powerful effect on me and I shaped my view of life in part based on them.

Years later, when I found Stephen Mitchells marvelous version of the Tao te Ching, I found a way of looking at life that consumes me even now.

I think it is the most liberating way of looking at things I have ever come across.
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