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  1. Taoist triva and memorabilia

    And I’m a yang metal rat! 🐭 Thanks for the horoscope.
  2. Anger, attachment, and ignorance (not knowing one’s true self)
  3. I guess I'm a little untraditional also in that I don't merely accept the concept or truth of a soul, whether individual or collective. Not that I disbelieve necessarily, it's more that we have not defined the term sufficiently for me to accept and build on that definition. The soul from the Judeo-Christian-Islamic perspective is far different than the formulation from the Bönpo perspective, for example. This is a rather long exposition but very interesting and unique if one is interested in alternative ideas about 'soul' Questions like the one in the OP are somewhat arbitrary, meaning that they are relational. If I toss a ball in the air does the ball leave my hand or does my hand leave the ball? It's all a matter of perspective, both are accurate and neither is more correct than the other. I like to toy with conceptual questions like this sometimes, eg, does consciousness reside in the person or does the person reside in consciousness? Such intellectual exercises are fun, sometimes productive, sometimes not; at the end of the day there is only so much value for me regarding conceptual rumination. The mind will never run out of ideas, comparisons, judgements, decisions...
  4. Taijiquan was my introduction
  5. What are you listening to?

    Nails of the Foo Age!
  6. What are you listening to?

    Estas Tonne
  7. What are you listening to?

    She’s groovy... Flats in a jazz bass sound incredible.
  8. I would advise against sticking the bottom out or leaning forward. Proper alignment is more important than depth of stance. A slight bend in the knees is all that is needed. Some qigong is done in lower stance, such as ma bu, but those stances have different considerations and intentionally engage more muscle tension. Natural standing should not hold tension.
  9. I would offer that the examples you offer have nothing to do with morality, conventional or otherwise. They are more related to paternalistic and institutionalized control and abuse, often excused by law and masquerading as “morality.” When it comes to the behavior of spiritual masters, there is a saying in the Bön tradition that addresses this. Your view must be as broad as the sky, your behavior as fine as barley flour...
  10. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    ... and you will never not fully be mother nature ...
  11. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    To me there is nothing more practical and nothing more Daoist than this. The conceptual mind loves to interject itself, and it's certainly a useful tool. Sometimes it's even supportive. Far more often an obstruction or distraction to this direct connection... for me, at least.
  12. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    Beautifully evocative post ST, thank you for that. I would add trees, plants, bodies of water, mountains, planets, stars, and the elements to that short list... It definitely takes some time and inner work to begin to connect at more subtle levels with less familiar manifestations but, like you point out, there is such richness and unlimited potential in opening ourselves to other forms of life and the natural world. The more I connect with these things, the closer I feel I come to the fundamental essence of inter-being, as Thich Nhat Hanh likes to say, or to the essence of Dao, as might be more appropriate to this thread.