I Like Taoist and Zen Philosophy

For people who have an interest in Taoism, Zen Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy 1,818 People

    Fearless

    A man stands at the base of a tall mountain and upon looking up he can see that the mountain extends beyond the clouds. He has been told it is a treacherous journey and now that he has seen it for himself, he goes home and berates himself, wishing he could muster up the courage...
    AltF4 AltF4
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Jul 22, 2013

    Door Of Life

    man is born attached at the navel to an umbilical cord,and the navel is connected to the lower elixir field .which is the sea of energy. thus the navel forms the "GATE OF LIFE" the fetus receives life through the opening gate.and the infant enters world by...
    CrystalRainsPearls CrystalRainsPearls
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Dec 5, 2009

    A Single Step

    I was raised in an abusive and oppressive Christian household. I was taught that my nature was basically evil and sinful and to deny my natural self. I have attempted to follow Christianity in my adulthood, but have found it still oppressive and unhelpful. I wish to follow Tao...
    littlewrenlost littlewrenlost
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Oct 15, 2013

    Mind Itself Is Buddha

    Mind itself is buddha. Practice is difficult. Explanation is not difficult. Not-mind. Not-buddha. Explanation is difficult. Practice is not difficult. -- Dogen Zenji For those who have cultivated a sharp intelligence, this is a nearly impossible puzzle to solve. The resolution...
    IAmNotGryn IAmNotGryn
    36-40, M
    7 Responses May 6, 2012

    The Tao

    I'm not sure if anyone has posted this here yet, but I liked this interpretation of the "Tao" [by A.S. Kline]   The Tao The Tao is the Vortex. The way to it lies in the recognition of the fluidity and instability of the Universe. Its deepest nature is like water...
    darwinsconfusion darwinsconfusion
    56-60, M
    19 Responses Dec 8, 2009

    Blue

    "What color is this?" asked the Master, holding a blue cup. "Blue" answered the student. "No. What color is it?" "Blue...?" "No," said the Master. "It absorbs every color except blue. It appears blue because it reflects blue. So in truth, it is every color except blue...
    blindhorse63 blindhorse63
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Aug 30, 2012

    Life Right Now

    I was thinking about life and the Tao of Pooh.  Yep, I said Pooh.  One of my favorite books.  If you have read it, forgive my explanation.  If not - the whole book starts out with the "Vinegar Tasters", the vinegar being a representation of life.  Buddha thinks it is bitter...
    AKM31 AKM31
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Jun 26, 2013
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    Mar 9

    Awakening from the Illusion of Me

    This is a story I shared in another forum, originally, but in the hope that some of you may appreciate it, I will repost it here. I was just getting my haircut about a month ago, and while sitting in the chair felt really stressed with a bunch of things going on in "my...
    MakingPeace MakingPeace
    46-50, M
    29 Responses Mar 16, 2008

    I have lived, myself almost 25 years.

    And I can't say I'm the most solidified human being. Who found zen. And I can't say I know what I'm talking about.. So basically I speak true gibberish to everyone on EP. And this is what I've learned in the small life of being 25. .we all end up getting older and we all will...
    D862 D862
    26-30, M
    Nov 30, 2013

    Doesn't Take Sides

    The Tao doesn't take sides It gives birth to both good and evil The master doesn't take sides  She welcomes both saints and sinners The Tao is like bellows It is empty yet infinitely capable The more you use it, the more it produces The more you talk it, the less you...
    CrystalRainsPearls CrystalRainsPearls
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Sep 25, 2009

    "Non-attachment, non-attachment,

    all I hear is non-attachment, if you were not attached, you'd be dead!" -Katsuki Sekida
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Nov 22, 2015

    Just A Moment In Time.

    In all honesty, the majority of my thinking space is cluttered with daydreams, inanities, flights of fancy into the future and reinterpretations of the past. This is my internal reality most of the time. And most of the time I navigate this clutter without noticing it. But just...
    Roselette Roselette
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Nov 26, 2012

    The Wisdom of Zengetsu

    Zengetsu, a Chinese master of the T'ang dynasty, wrote the following advice for his pupils:   Living in the world yet not forming attachments to the dust of the world is the way of a true Zen student. When witnessing the good action of another encourage yourself to...
    MakingPeace MakingPeace
    46-50, M
    11 Responses May 24, 2008

    “Zen is really just a reminder to stay alive

    and to be awake. We tend to daydream all the time, speculating about the future and dwelling on the past. Zen practice is about appreciating your life in this moment. If you are truly aware of five minutes a day, then you are doing pretty well. We are beset by both the future...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Feb 27

    Don'T Mind Me, This Is Just Some Spiritual Rant.

    There's a reason why people talk about the ego and why it doesn't exist. There's a reason why people on here love to come onto EP, why people love being out in nature, why the Dalai Lama is so happy, why all religions speak of selflessness and why you are happiest when you are...
    AltF4 AltF4
    22-25, M
    5 Responses May 26, 2013

    Anxiety, Depression, and Tao

    When I stumbled onto Taoism, I wasn't looking for religion. In fact -- I was looking for relief. You see, for several years I've been doing "research" into various things, hoping to find release from severe anxiety and depression that "formal" treatment couldn't treat. (I studied...
    de1eted de1eted
    13-15
    9 Responses Sep 30, 2010

    How Do You Integrate These Philosophies With Your Life In the Outer World?

    I have been reading about many ideas in Eastern philosophy and spirituality, and it has changed my inner world for me.  I am becoming aware of how I misperceive the outer world, particularly how the ego fools us into believing we are separate from everything/everyone. ...
    Dee67 Dee67
    41-45, F
    72 Responses Apr 8, 2008

    TAO Book Recommendation

    “Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way) is the classic manual on the art of living. In 81 short, poetic chapters, the book looks at the basic predicament of being alive and teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    2 Responses May 20, 2013

    Eckhart Tolle

    In Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” Tolle states the Buddha defined enlightenment as; “The end of suffering”He purposefully tells us only what enlightenment is not:  No suffering.  He uses a negative definition so that the mind cannot make it into something to...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    2 Responses May 27, 2013

    Zen Learnings 3

    "Knowledge is learning something everyday. Wisdom is letting go of something everyday..."
    blindhorse63 blindhorse63
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Sep 4, 2012

    Breathing

    I believe it was D.T. Suzuki who once said (and I'm paraphrasing here): "The only thing you need to know in order to experience zen is to keep a straight back." Because all of the philosophy aside, if you're hunched over and you cannot breathe, you cannot relax. Also, if you...
    AltF4 AltF4
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jun 3, 2013

    It's so easy to lose yourself to the world

    as we know it, and become one of the jaded, angry people stomping through their day, making room for only themselves. I have. My job is time consuming, stressful and publicly demanding. I've lost track of myself and my thoughts. I have to find some time, just a few moments in...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Nov 22, 2015

    Theres something about people

    who meditate...steve jobs eh??😉😉
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    May 17, 2015

    The Meaning Of Life?

    Life isn't a journey per say. It's like a dance, where the point of the dance is not to reach to one place on the floor to another. It's about enjoying the dance while it lasts. Same thing with music, the point isn't to wait for 4 minutes it's about enjoying the music in those 4...
    SimpleFire SimpleFire
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Apr 11, 2013

    As it happens I likes Taoist

    and Zen Philosophy not.
    LiShenBao LiShenBao
    36-40, M
    Jan 19, 2014

    First I read . . . then I thought .

    . . then I sat . . . Now I work and wash and eat and sleep.
    Grimbird Grimbird
    70+
    1 Response Jul 2, 2014

    Connecting & Letting Go

    If I had to summarize what I've learned from Taoist and Buddhist philosophy it's been a deeper understanding of how to let go and connect with life. It's a kind of yin and yang approach to everything. In the Tao te Ching the advice is to yield with difficulties, reduce clutter...
    MakingPeace MakingPeace
    46-50, M
    13 Responses Jan 14, 2008

    The Secret of All Success and Happiness

    I am a recent student of Eastern Spirituality and would like to share a quote with you: "How to be at peace now?  By making peace with the present moment.  The present moment is the field on which the game of life happens.  It cannot happen anywhere else...
    Dee67 Dee67
    41-45, F
    11 Responses Apr 5, 2008

    “When the wealthy vie with each other in

    splendor and display while the poor squeeze each other to death; when the poor do not enjoy a moment’s rest while the rich are comfrotable; when the poor lose more and more while the rich keep piling up treasures; when in some ever more extravagant desires awaken, and in...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Dec 30, 2015

    Essence And Energy

    One cannot manage the myraid matters Of Heaven and Earth Unless one stores up energy Storing energy means absorbing essence doubles ones power Doubling one's power,one acquires  strength That nothing can overcome Tao Teh Ching  There was something formless yet...
    CrystalRainsPearls CrystalRainsPearls
    41-45, F
    10 Responses Sep 15, 2009

    "Things that are diminished here are augmented

    there ; things that are made whole in one place suffer loss in another."-Lieh Tzu
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Aug 3, 2015

    I type these words. Click.

    Clack. Plip. The sound of keys upon the board. Tap pap dap.
    ltuthill ltuthill
    18-21
    1 Response Jun 22, 2015

    If you ever reach enlightenment

    while drinking beer, I bet you could shoot beer out of your nose."
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    1 Response Mar 2

    Gimme some Irish coffee

    and I'll be zen for days.
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    Nov 22, 2015

    Emotions

    The emotions we feel are not good or bad, they just "are"  Every emotion we have we are meant to have.  For every feeling of hurt, anger, frustration, insecurity, and emptiness etc, there WILL BE at some point, a feeling of...
    luvmc11 luvmc11
    46-50, F
    25 Responses Nov 13, 2009

    Sangha Invitation

    In my pursuit of further understanding and reduction of suffering I have studied and practiced mindfulness as much as possible on my own over the past year. The Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness in one's day-to-day life maintaining as much as possible a calm...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    Apr 20, 2013

    I like the idea of living in the moment.

    I wish I had a better ability to do that. Clearing my mind and letting go of things. I think anxiety corrupts the here and now.
    4gotwhereiwas 4gotwhereiwas
    31-35, F
    1 Response Mar 4
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Aug 12, 2015

    One Size Fits All

    I don't always understand the maxims and parables of Zen and Taoism but I do like these philosophies on the whole. Basically they're all about acceptance and letting 'it' be aren't they? Well I think they are. So Taoist and Zen Philosophy is as easy and mellow as watching the...
    DelaneyB DelaneyB
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 13, 2010

    My Visit To The Taoist Temple

    About two months ago, my 60 year old friend pestered me to visit a Taoist temple because according to him "you need it on your journey to self-discovery hun!" Okay, the "hun" did it! I hate being called "hun", so just to make him stop, I went. When I reached the temple, I was met...
    alexisalex alexisalex
    46-50, F
    10 Responses May 2, 2011

    Hafiz's Fish

    Recently I have been reading a lot of Sufi poetry. I find Sufism elegant and beautiful, and also very aligned with the essentials of Eastern thought. There is a unique kind of joy that comes from finding the parallel truths of different traditions. In my readings I have...
    Roselette Roselette
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Dec 23, 2012

    Love

    Love confuses people. The fact that is persists in the face of terrible faults and flaws confuses people. To explain this, people say that love is blind. That is untrue. Infatuation is blind. Love sees very clearly. Love sees every fault, every failure, and yet it persists. That...
    littlewrenlost littlewrenlost
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 15, 2013

    Reposted From Sacred Sexuality

    There are not many women who have been fully sexually satisfied. Deeply fulfilled to the core of their being. Touched, soul touched, heart touched. Body replete. Given herself totally, utterly. Every level of her being open, exposed, safe, loved, respected, honoured, worshipped...
    zeeva70 zeeva70
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Jul 3, 2013

    Book Club Invitation

    EP Sangha member anya1212 commented on my story “The Blossom Pales in Comparison” with: Is our questioning affected by our past experiences and beliefs. Do we question without reasoning or analyzing the immediate situation. Does this not qualify into being "judgemental"? And...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    May 18, 2013

    The Art of Peace

    A few years ago I came across Morihei Ueshiba's classic work "The Art of Peace" online. Ueshiba is the founder of Aikido, probably the most peaceful of the martial arts. His thoughts on peace are divided into 114 short passages. You can read the whole thing from the link below...
    MakingPeace MakingPeace
    46-50, M
    4 Responses Jan 5, 2008

    Although to be honest

    and fair, I know very little about it. Fair to say, civilisations evolving over countless millennia are bound to be far more observant and accurate in natural phenomenon than much of the supposedly astute west. After all, where was our civilisation at barely a thousand years ago...
    PeterSp8 PeterSp8
    46-50, M
    1 Response Jul 17, 2015

    So here is a little experiment on awareness.

    I was trying to sleep early than my usual time because i wanted to wake up early from the next day to practise some meditation but i just couldn't sleep so i was just about to start worrying that i realized that i was creating a conflict in the mind so i simply accepted that i...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    May 17, 2015

    Bigness Through Smallness

    I always feel that it is somewhat futile to articulate in words things which should be lived and experienced. But I feel so alive and enriched with what I have been feeling lately that I cannot help myself. I am realising more and more, layer by layer, that the self I identify as...
    Roselette Roselette
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Dec 29, 2012

    Spiritual Rant 2

    What upsets us most is not the pain or difficulty we see throughout life, it is the likelihood of it happening, it is the inability to predict the likelihood too. We worry about the future because we cannot always accurately predict it and we ruminate about the past because it...
    AltF4 AltF4
    22-25, M
    1 Response May 31, 2013
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