What is Taoism? A way of life inspired by the course of nature. It is the wisdom and a practice inspired by it - in short, the way of uniting one with the Great Pervader, that is, the
The basic ideas of Taoism have been developed Lao-tzu (The Old Sage) and his followers, such as Chuang-tzu and Lieh-tzu. We present them here along with their works like Tao-te ching. We also deal with the I-ching (Book of Changes), and explain its usage as a divinatory tool.
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Quotes: Alan Watts on Taoism. "Certain Chinese philosophers writing in, perhaps, the -5th and -4th centuries, explained ideas and a way of life that have come to be known as Taoism - the way of man's cooperation with the course or trend of the natural
world..." [more quotes here].
Master Lu Commented Sayings
new! The Civilized Tao
Me (Jhian): I often heard of Taoist morals or ethical attitude one should follow to the end of his life. What's your opinion about this?
Master: About what?
Me: About the disciples who follow the Path - should they adopt an ethical approach concerning the World?
Master: You mean they should be good people, love animals and their neighbors, and so forth?
Me: Yes, something like that.
There's no such thing in Taoism. One should follow only the Tao.
Me: Still following the Tao doesn't imply being a civilized person?
Master: What you call a civilized person?
Me: One who respects others and follows the rules.
Master: No, there's no such civilized person.
Me: People think we should adopt civilized manners and help our fellow people and the Earth, and everything else.
Then give them a civilized Tao.
Dialogue about Power
Me (Jhian): We are looking today at people and we find them very strong, I mean they try to impose their will against the prevailing conditions.
Also we know of people rejecting the will and power and choosing the meditation states, the step-back style. Which is the best?
Master Lu: You mean power or stillness?
Me: We can say so.
Master Lu: Many Taoists will tell you: Man you have to emulate the water conduct, that is, be flexible and follow the trends. This is the best.
Me: But how can one emulate the water conduct in his everyday life, I mean pragmatically?
Master Lu: This is a personal issue. Every individual should have the test of his life condition and empty his mind as to follow what is. One can not follow what is with a full mind.
|Three Sages: Buddha, Confucius and Lao-tzu
Me: The full mind is the aim of today people fighting to know as much as they can. Where's knowledge, there's power, they said.
Master Lu: Then maybe they should know that power doesn't equal
forcing. Power is also stepping-back.
Dialogue about Power (continued)
Me: How we practice your power theory in the everyday life?
We always do without thinking. Even now we practice power.
Master Lu: You keep asking and I am responding.
Me: I am not sure I get it.
Master Lu: Well, it's simple. When you ask, you put a pressure on me. You force me to think of your question and give you an answer. When I respond, I obey your pressure.
Me: I see.
Master Lu: But this is a comes-and-goes process. You must focus on my
question and try to understand it. This way you obey my answer. This happens all the time...
Me: You mean your power theory is part of nature?
Master Lu: You may say so. By Jhian
Thoughts about Emptiness (wu)
One day I heard Master Lu commenting on a verse from Tao-te ching
. He said: The emptiness (that is, wu) is the key for the secret teaching. People are looking for a secret teaching but they follow the same path as they were told about in the school. A path compatible with their limited knowledge. Fact is that everybody's trying to find confirmation. No matter what teachings they deal with. They need proof. This is why nobody can teach anybody.
My comment: I just noticed a short comparison between the mind
emptiness with Taoists and the Gnostic Christ. I thank Sarah for this. It is about a short saying in the Gospel of Thomas where it is said that when the disciple is empty his is full of light and vice versa, when he is full, he is full of darkness. This may sound familiar with a Taoist master of ancient times. Still Master said we are inclined to find the same teaching no matter what the discipline is. Perhaps sometimes we find similitude. Or perhaps it is
only a wrong interpretation. (Jhian)
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