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I Like Taoist and Zen Philosophy

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    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

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    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 22-25, M Nov 30, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    Freedom Leaving Duals Behind

    Step into singularity away from minds locked up in the fight of dualitySlow concentration on the breathFollowed by total silenceThe flow of divine intelligence free to fill the wellUnlocks the human mind to float in eternityTo be in the silenceAway from duals of duality Seeing...
    1UNITY 1UNITY 56-60, F 2 Responses Sep 27, 2012

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    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 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 23, 2012

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    Dancing Evergreen

    I checked the number on the incoming call vibrating in my hand. It was a call I was required, by law, to answer twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.I practice walking meditation and breathing exercises around an old historic State Penitentiary long since closed and turned...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M Nov 5, 2012

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    As it happens I likes Taoist

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

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    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 8 Responses May 6, 2012

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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 15, 2013

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    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

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    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 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 29, 2012

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    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

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    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

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    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 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 26, 2012

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    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

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    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 41-45, F 10 Responses May 2, 2011

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    Obedience

    The master Bankei’s talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects. He never quoted sutras nor indulged in scholastic dissertations. Instead his words were spoken directly from his heart to the harts of his listeners. His large audiences...
    Vision2Fly Vision2Fly 26-30, M Apr 7, 2013

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    The Cornucopia

    The Taopours out everything into life —It is a cornucopiathat never runs dry.and untangles the knots.It glows like the lampthat draws the mothTao exists, Tao isbut where It came from I do not know.It has been shaping thingsfrom before the First Being,It is the deep source of...
    klegend0 klegend0 18-21, M 1 Response May 10, 2012

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    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 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    Losing My Religion

    Or rather, losing what little was there to begin with. I was raised in a traditional Christian Anglican way, church every Sunday and bible stories at bedtime. I memorized all the prayers, sang all the songs, acted in Christmas plays. Then one day it hit me, I remember I was about...
    LynnXQ LynnXQ 36-40, F 4 Responses Nov 13, 2012

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    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 3 Responses Aug 30, 2012

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    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

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    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 26 Responses Nov 13, 2009

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    My Ruminations On A Thought From Gandhi

    Gandhi once said: If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further. My thoughts are that in any tradition, we all represent or are a manifestation of God without being God.  Something divine, something of the cosmos was given to...
    holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 6, 2013

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    I Used To Think Zen Monks Were Lazy

    I used to think that people like the Amish or Zen monks who have opted out of the modern 21st century lifestyle were either lazy or psychologically weak. My thinking has since evolved.Abandoning a sinking ship and calming rowing to shore is not the mark of a lazy man, just a sane...
    niceguyinhell niceguyinhell 31-35, M Dec 15, 2012

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    Transiting Says:

    Transiting Says: You need to be more flexible with your way of thinking Tip: Westerners blah blah blah blah while easteners tend to blah blah blah. Well I thought about it and gave it some thought. looked up a 'flexible' Philosophy from the east.... I never found one... The guys...
    TheDaken TheDaken 26-30, M Nov 13, 2012

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    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 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 26, 2013

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    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

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    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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    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

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    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

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    Qi Time

    I am that is all that is now and has ever been in the free space of time. Time now is still and only the movement of Qi in and out, above and below. Each side has its own express on the duality that is all and is not. Matter not the matter but the exchange of the cells as...
    1UNITY 1UNITY 56-60, F Dec 1, 2010

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Who Are You?

    It seems a simple question at first glance. Most would simply reply to the question by stating their name.  But if that's who you are, then who were you before that name was given to you?  Or, if you prefer, what were you?  The most obvious answer is that you were a human...
    metaphylosopher metaphylosopher 22-25, M Feb 1, 2013

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    Zen Mondo

    A monk asked Chao-chou, "I have just entered the monastery: please give me some guidance." Chao-chou said, "Have you eaten your rice gruel?" The monk said,"Yes, I've eaten." Chao-chou said, "Then go wash your bowl."
    Vision2Fly Vision2Fly 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 2, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    5 Minutes A Day

    While we lay in bed at night, waiting to fall asleep, we could easily spend what could be the best 5 minutes of the day. I wrote the following breathing exercise to help sleep uninterrupted from bad dreams, stress, anxiety or tension. Try this! Lay on your back with one or both...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M Dec 1, 2012

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    First I read . . . then I thought .

    . . then I sat . . . Now I work and wash and eat and sleep.
    Grimbird Grimbird 66-70 Jul 2

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    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

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    Like Lime On Trees I

    “When we start expecting things to stay the same we fill our wagons with suffering.”   Once we feel secure in our general understanding, to challenge that understanding is a step toward the unknown; a step away from our sense of self, our sense of security.   Jimmie became...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 28, 2013

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    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 7 Responses May 26, 2013

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    It Is Your Mind That Moves

    Two monks were arguing about the temple flag waving in teh wind. One said, "The flag moves." The other said, "The wind moves." They argued back and forth but could not agree. Hui-neng, the sixth Patriarch, said: "Gentlemen! It is not the flag that moves. It is not the wind that...
    Vision2Fly Vision2Fly 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 2, 2013

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    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

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    Philosophy makes us deazy cause it make us think too in depth . Some things are not meant to be thought by normal human beings , things like the supernatural and god cause no want...
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