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Everything posted by Marblehead

  1. Mair 17:5

    Master Chuang was fishing in the P'u River. {{In Shantung province.}} The king of Ch'u dispatched two high-ranking officials to go before him with this message: "I wish to encumber you with the administration of my realm." Without turning around, Master Chuang just kept holding on to his fishing rod and said, "I have heard that in Ch'u there is a sacred tortoise that has already been dead for three thousand years. The king stores it in his ancestral temple inside of a hamper wrapped with cloth. Do you think this tortoise would rather be dead and have its bones preserved as objects of veneration, or be alive and dragging its tail through the mud?" "It would rather be alive and dragging its tail through the mud," said the two officials. "Begone!" said Master Chuang. "I'd rather be dragging my tail in the mud."
  2. Mair 18:6

    Master Leh was on a journey and was having a meal by the side of the road. There he saw a hundred-year-old skull. He pulled away the weeds and pointed at it, saying, "Only you and I know that you have never died and that you have never lived. Are you truly distressed? Am I truly happy?"

    By nourishing the vital breath, one can preserve the body, even under such extreme conditions as those to which Hindu fakirs subject themselves. Focusing on one's inner being, as opposed to external distractions, brings supreme skill and long-lasting life.
  4. Albert Camus Quotes

    Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.
  5. Watching The Birds

    I have identified another mated pair of birds that have been feeding at my place (and probably nesting somewhere in the area). My bird-watcher friends might not believe this but they look exactly like Scarlet Rosefinches. Yes, I know, they are supposed to be in Northern Europe area but this pair must have gotten lost or perhaps there is another species that looks exactly like this one.
  6. Defining the Left and Right

    And let us not forget that it was the peace-loving Democrats who took us to war in Vietnam.
  7. Chapter 11 John Wu THIRTY spokes converge upon a single hub; It is on the hole in the center that the use of the cart hinges. We make a vessel from a lump of clay; It is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful. We make doors and windows for a room; But it is these empty spaces that make the room livable. Thus, while the tangible has advantages, It is the intangible that makes it useful. English/Feng Thirty spokes share the wheel's hub; It is the center hole that makes it useful. Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes which make it useful. Therefore benefit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there. Robert Henricks 1. Thirty spokes unite in one hub; 2. It is precisely where there is nothing, that we find the usefulness of the wheel. 3. We fire clay and make vessels; 4. It is precisely where there's no substance, that we find the usefulness of clay pots. 5. We chisel out doors and windows; 6. It is precisely in these empty spaces, that we find the usefulness of the room. 7. Therefore, we regard having something as beneficial; 8. But having nothing as useful. Comments?
  8. A Message From Limahong

    I am posting the following portion of a PM from Limahong at his request and with his permission: Hi All, Thank you very much for your very kind words. I 'left' TDB in the sense that I had deactivated myself and I had sounded out my last TDB post. I am doing it again ~ differently now... I am still a TDB member but on a silent wu-wei mode. I am definitely going to enjoy myself as a silent spectator at TDB. For instance I am now seeing Daemon in a different delightful light. I am still with TDB in spirit ~ humming this... [Legend : True Love = Love for Taoism, Loch Lomond = TDB] I am taking the low road in search of my "wu-wei 101" - through death and rebirth. Take good care - One + All. - Anand
  9. Nietzsche Quotes

    I couldn't find that other thread of Nietzsche so I am starting a new one of his quotes. And the first one is: Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
  10. Hello

    Hi Myklan. Welcome. Lots of discussions here for you to get involved in. Have fun.
  11. Vipassana and now kunlun

    Hi rkc. Welcome.
  12. What is spirituality

    For me, spirituality points to my inner essence, my state of mentality regardless of external conditions.
  13. I Think, and Only I

    Well, too bad you aren't impressed with my truths regarding this subject. At least I have some truths that I, myself, have verified.
  14. The Brexit Thread

    Y'all got to leave. The EU must be broken.
  15. I Think, and Only I

    Science also says that bumble bees cannot fly. But they do. Maybe w just don't understand some things in nature?
  16. I Think, and Only I

    While that may be true, all other influences are unqualitative. Cannot be verified or nullified. Therefore only reality counts.
  17. I Think, and Only I

    One thing that led me to my conclusion was that saying "The Devil made me do it." No, no god or devil causes us thoughts. It is our own mind and that is all. Now true, our mind might be screwed up but it are still our own thoughts.
  18. What are you listening to?

    Keep in mind, I'm not average.
  19. I Think, and Only I

    Excellent comments. I am in total agreement with you. (We are responsible for all our thoughts, words, and deeds.)
  20. Chi - how does it feel?

    Good question and could be an interesting discussion. For now I will wait until some of our alchemy friends have commented.

    He was loved by many and will be missed.