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  1. What came first a belief or an experience?

    Are you talking about learning experiences? They are still experiences, aren't they? No, I won't talk about collective consciousness here.
  2. What are you listening to?

    Yeah, I had to mention that because of a video I watched a couple days ago depicting Country music from back in the late 1940s and early 1950s. They had Jerry Lee Lewis in a cage.
  3. What are you listening to?

    Excellent sample. The only thing missing was the cage to keep the performers from being hit by flying beer bottles.
  4. DDC Chapter 6: 谷神不死是谓玄牝。

    Okay. Back to this. Of the Chuang Tzu, the text attributed to a person named Chuang Tzu, there are three sections to the Chuang Tzu; Inner Chapters (1-7), attributed directly to a person named Chuang Tzu; Outer Chapters (8-22), attributed to followers/students of Chuang Tzu; and Miscellaneous Chapters (23-33), attributed to various un-named individuals. Many years ago I did a concordance of the work of the TTC and Chuang Tzu. Because of something you have already mentioned I ended up with 119 Chapters. The way I constructed it was to take a concept from the Tao Te Ching (not necessarily a complete chapter) and then followed that up with supporting sections from the Chuang Tzu. The only area where Chuang Tzu had little or nothing to say to what was in the TTC was where Lao Tzu talked about government. Chuang Tzu didn't say many nice things about government, and from my perspective, considering Chuang Tzu to have been an Anarchist, I can understand him not saying anything. It is my opinion that if one has read only the TTC and not the Chuang Tzu one misses much of the meaning in the TTC.
  5. DDC Chapter 6: 谷神不死是谓玄牝。

    If we talked about this I would likely end up agreeing with you but I would likely prefer different words.
  6. DDC Chapter 6: 谷神不死是谓玄牝。

    Do you have an English translation for that concept?
  7. What are you listening to?

    Nice presentation of the song. Yes, I am aware of that Texas tradition. The last time I was in Texas I actually hit on one of the radio stations that had a segment of the programming devoted to Old Time Country. Do you know of any internet radio station that is involved in that?
  8. Nietzsche Quotes

    I would not know what the spirit of a philosopher might wish more to be than a good dancer.
  9. Favorite Daoist Quote

    Opposites produce each other, depend on each other, and complement each other.
  10. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    "Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." - William Faulkner
  11. DDC Chapter 6: 谷神不死是谓玄牝。

    Hi Eric, If you tell me that you are a religious, alchemic or shamanic Taoist I will stop disagreeing with you immediately.
  12. A Pure Tao

    Well, Hey, if it isn't "impossible" then it could be possible. (And who is to state what is impossible until after it has been tried?) Maybe in one of your PPF?
  13. DDC Chapter 6: 谷神不死是谓玄牝。

    Well, Lao Tzu told us to know the masculine but to hold to the feminine. Chuang Tzu held this understanding as well. But I agree with you last phrase - the Spiritual (I refer to this as Chi) realm has no gender.
  14. DDC Chapter 6: 谷神不死是谓玄牝。

    No, I don't need a mental time out. But I will concede that we should agree to disagree. BTW Chuang Tzu supports my understanding.
  15. What are you listening to?

    Interesting tidbit about that song. Initially Grand Ole Opry wouldn't allow Webb to perform that song on stage as they said that it promotes drinking but after the song became so popular and the many people requesting he perform it on stage they finally allowed him to do it. This is my other favorite song from him: