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PostSubject: Daodejing (Tao Te Ching)   Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:15 pm

I love these narrative tales. They are beautiful and such wonderful teaching tools for our selves. We can find ourselves within them if we look...hopefully.

Wu wei - "without action", "without effort", or "without control",
Wei wu wei: "action without action" or "effortless doing".



A master carver, made a bell stand of precious wood. When it was finished, all who saw it were astounded. They said it must be the work of spirits.

The Prince of Lu said to the master carver: “What is your secret?”

He replied: “I am only a workman: I have no secret. There is only this: When I began to think about the work you commanded I guarded my spirit, did not expend it on trifles, that were not to the point. I fasted in order to set my heart at rest. After three days fasting, I had forgotten gain and success. After five days I had forgotten criticism. After seven days I had forgotten my body with all its limbs.

“By this time all thought of your Highness and of the court had faded away. All that might distract me from the work had vanished. I was collected in the single thought of the bell stand. Then I went to the forest to see the trees in their own natural state. When the right tree appeared before my eyes, the bell stand also appeared in it, clearly, beyond doubt. All I had to do was to put forth my hand and begin. If I had not met this particular tree, there would have been no bell stand at all.

“What happened?

“My own collected thought encountered the hidden potential in the wood; from this live encounter came the work, which you ascribe to the spirits.”
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PostSubject: Re: Daodejing (Tao Te Ching)   Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:51 pm

I haven't read the TTC yet, but I've learned a lot about it from other sources. Even though I'm pretty much out of my mysticism phase, I still resonate with the philosophy of the TTC.

At one point, I seriously considered becoming a wandering hermit/mystic, living inside of a one person tent, and traveling the world, esp. the Himalayas.

Zen buddhism and Taoism were my primary fascinations.



^^^ This is an excellent video.

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PostSubject: Re: Daodejing (Tao Te Ching)   Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:53 am

Erik wrote:

Zen Buddhism and Taoism were my primary fascinations.


Zen must include a lot of the principles of Tao Te Ching in it's teachings, I started reading and it sounded very familiar.
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PostSubject: Re: Daodejing (Tao Te Ching)   Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:26 am

BardoXV wrote:
Erik wrote:

Zen Buddhism and Taoism were my primary fascinations.


Zen must include a lot of the principles of Tao Te Ching in it's teachings, I started reading and it sounded very familiar.  

Yes, it definitely does. Zen is, basically, a mixture of Taoism and Buddhism.

I still meditate every once in awhile. The initial part is difficult, due to ' monkey-mind', but after that, it's smooth-sailing.

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PostSubject: Re: Daodejing (Tao Te Ching)   Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:52 am

Years ago I was meditating but nothing organized, just meditating in general.   Not too long ago I mentioned this on another forum, and noted that I had gotten to the stage of being able to breath in one nostril and out the other and then alternate at will.  One of the other members seemed to be very impressed, stating that it was a big accomplishment, I really wasn't thinking that highly of it at the time, it was just something I was doing.
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