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Initial post: Jul 16, 2012 7:59:58 PM PDT
Because the time has come.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2012 9:36:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2012 9:39:08 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
'Tao cannot be defined, but Tao can be known.'

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 9:37:46 PM PDT
uh huh

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 9:38:01 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
'If you can define a principle, it is not Tao.'

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 9:38:54 PM PDT
i can clap with one hand

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2012 9:42:55 PM PDT
B. Josephson says:
That sounds more zen to me,

Best Wishes,
Shaamba Kaambwaat

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2012 9:43:34 PM PDT
woudl the book
tao of motorcycle maintenance count ?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2012 9:44:16 PM PDT
could be
they look alike to me
i was going to suggest the zen of mixing by mixerman
but that was obviously zen

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 11:00:35 PM PST
'probabilist says:
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Posted on Mar 10, 2013 7:33:51 AM PDT
Ambulocetus says:
Taoism is incoherent nonsense for the weak-minded.

(I don't actually believe this. In fact, I know nothing whatsoever about Taoism at all. I just felt like this thread was getting a bit dull and needed some conflict. So, to resume. . . .)

Taoists just hide behind "The Tao that can be defined is not the real Tao" and other such nonsense to avoid having a coherent belief system powerful enough to actually guide their behavior.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 7:45:50 AM PDT
Melanie says:
Cilantron, do you practice Taoism?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 11:07:44 AM PDT
Chapter 14 of the Tao Te Ching:

Look, and it can't be seen.
Listen, and it can't be heard.
Reach, and it can't be grasped.

Above, it isn't bright.
Below, it isn't dark.
Seamless, unnamable,
it returns to the realm of nothing.
Form that includes all forms,
image without an image,
subtle, beyond all conception.

Approach it and there is no beginning;
follow it and there is no end.
You can't know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.
Just realize where you come from:
this is the essence of wisdom.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 11:08:25 AM PDT
Zen is the Buddhist form of Taoism.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 11:09:43 AM PDT
Read the Tao Te Ching. It's an interesting experience. At least in my experience, I'm tempted to come to the same conclusion, but then there's a persistent feeling that there's something there.

Sort of like the Tao itself!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 11:17:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2013 11:18:30 AM PDT
nameinuse says:
The only truth that can be found must be found within is the only universal that has meaning or matters.

Just guessing.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 1:47:42 PM PDT
Certainly one reasonable interpretation.

Taoism is based on the idea that everything in the universe is ultimately a mysterious oneness. The same mysterious "force" that "runs the universe" can also flow inside the individual. By living in harmony with it one lives in harmony with the universe. Etc.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 11:50:23 PM PDT
Melanie says:
How can the divine Oneness be seen?
In beautiful forms, breathtaking wonders,
awe-inspiring miracles?
The Tao is not obliged to present itself
in this way.
If you are willing to be lived by it, you will
see it everywhere, even in the most
ordinary things.
-Lao Tsu

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2013 12:26:03 AM PDT
Amy Hall says:
SMH

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2013 8:06:33 AM PDT
Melanie says:
:-)

Yes, Lao Tsu sayings were enigmatic many times, much like Zen koans.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 5:54:04 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
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Posted on Oct 10, 2013 6:09:54 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
When a country is in harmony with the Tao,
the factories make trucks and tractors.
When a country goes counter to the Tao,
warheads are stockpiled outside the cities.

There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.

Whoever can see through all fear
will always be safe.

#46 - translated by Stephen Mitchell
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