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  1. Was Lao Zi A Real Historic Human Being?

    Bhathen, Please see my reply to iskote above. Peace, Wayist
  2. Was Lao Zi A Real Historic Human Being?

    Iskote, Yes, many people believe exactly that! That the Dao de Jing is put together from many different people, and sources, even that it was assembled at many different times. One of the first Daodejing's that I read, was translated by Bill Porter, or as most people like to call him; "Red Pine". He seemed to pretty strongly believe that Lao Zi was a real historical person. He even showed us where Lao Zi might have have lived, via black and white photos, and the place where the "guard of the Pass" got Lao Zi to spend some time writing down the Daodejing. I really like Red Pine's translation. I think that Bill Porter made a believer out of me, to Lao Zi's physical existence, at a certain place, and at a certain time. This maybe is nothing more then wanting to believe in a fairy tale, or to believe in Santa Claus, if you will. I've read a couple of books about the archeological digs where a couple of really ancient copies of the Dao de Jing, were found in burial graves. I know that this isn't much, but it seems to add more historicity to the Dao de Jing. At least it does for me! Thanks for writing Iskote! Peace, Wayist
  3. I've asked this before. But I did not get an answer, so I'll ask again. Do you feel that Lao Zi was a real, historic human being? As the author of the Dao de Jing (??), I would very much like to discuss this. If you'd like to give it a go here, please write. Thanks, Peace Wayist
  4. Thanks Steve, I'll keep you informed of any other technical issues. Peace, Wayist
  5. Last evening I tried to write a post in the Dao de Jing/Tao te Ching section. As I typed one word would disappear, and another word would take it's place. Letters would be dropped. Could you please help me with this? Thank you! Wayist
  6. I tried to get a conversation started up here about Lao Zi, the human man. Yes, I know that religious Daoist's, revere him as "a god". I think that Lao Zi would be revolted by this kind of thinking. If he (Lao Zi) really lived in "The Warring Period", and was a Court Librarian, and perhaps some sort of "shaman" (which I don't necessarily believe in,but Im not closed minded to the *possibility* of this either). But you did not ask about this, but about how the Lao Zi (Or the DDJ/TTC) affects my own life. I'll just point to WATER, it always flows to the point that it needs to be. I used live in a Valley, another very Daoist (Dao de Jing) kind of place. Water collects there (in my case with the aid of human beings). What does it teach us "to be like water"? How are we like "the uncarved block"? I try to find these substances/or "places", in my own human life. It takes searching, looking at 'The Way' that might be for me. So, it's both in the written DDJ/TTC and in the commentary of olden, or modern, Daoist's that might affect me. If they do, I take those teachings and apply them to my own life. Or I try to. If you have more questions, I'll try to answer them. If I can. Peace, Wayist
  7. Hello, New Member Here

    Hey Daniel! Good to hear from you! :-)
  8. Yes I too, have this reaction of the DDJ being "a therapy book". You need to get Centered, or you've had a tough day, read the DDJ or TTC, and get to where you need to be. Yes for sure, I've experienced this! Peace, Wayist
  9. Yes thelerner, I read the first chapter of the DDJ, and I thought: "This is perhaps the most beautiful 1st Chapter to the DDJ, that I've ever read!" So, we definitely agree on this! :-). Peace, Wayist
  10. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0994978162/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=. Have any of you read this translation/commentary of the Dao de Jing? I've got it ordered, I read some online, and it sounded great! Peace, Wayist
  11. Hello, New Member Here

    Hello, I'm new here, and I'd like to discuss Lao Zi as a real historical person. This has probably been discussed before here, but maybe we can discuss it again, I hope so anyway. I've read several versions of the Tao te Ching (Dao de Jing) , but I'm still learning about modern Daoism, and all of it's forms. I'm not sure what else to say, but I hope to be a good student. I like to learn, and I'm interested in what all of you believe too. OK, thanks for having me here! Peace, Wayist