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If you ask someone how Taoism is practiced, you get a response like: going to the temple, praying, offering sacrifices, keep a diet, etc. These aspects are not lacking in other religions in general. We also find them in Christianity. But we also know of a "way" called tao-chia (the
But we also know of a "way" called tao-chia (theschool of Tao or uniting with Tao) that has nothing in common with a religious system. Its teachings, inspired by the Taoist masters like Lao-tzu, are based on seemingly odd practices such as nondoing and emptiness.
The question is justified if you are aware of the meaning of the word "practice" as understood in our modern schools, i.e. the development of intellectual aptitudes and, in general, the accumulation of knowledge continued all our life long.
When asked if we can practice Taoism, I answer yes and no. Yes, we can practice nondoing and emptiness, and no, because these practices do not grant us new intellectual abilities, although these practices are related to the mind too (do not confuse the mind with the intellect).
I have been asked for an online course to deal with these practices, and generally I was asked how we can apply Taoist teaching in our everyday life. I wrote such a course that I called Tao Practice in the Day to Day Life!
I have provided more information about it on our Taoist forum athttp://forum.laotzu.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=35. Please read and comment if you wish to.
Note that such a course is unique on the Net because it is very difficult to systematize a Western modern practice based on the ancient teachings of Taoism.
You may find more about the course athttp://www.taopage.org/taoism_practice.html.
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