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  1. acquiescence

    just placing this as a marker
  2. Bums I am missing

    That seems like an odd thought, why would you think that? I highly doubt she is sitting around fretting any about this site.
  3. acquiescence

    It's been years since I've read any Taoist texts. Those of you that rely on Taoist texts instead of your experience are free to quote those on this thread. I may or may not read it, but others might and even offer commentary. Some guidance can be useful and even expedient along the way. I have read a fair bit of Taoist texts (and postings from our fellow member that goes by that name), and I am not entirely dismissive of them. Although it some cases (Golden Flower, Taoist Yoga) it could very well lead one far astray from the way. And at times I might borrow from western classical literature to reinforce my position on the subject. Well damn, I am rambling already before even beginning this thread. The thread is about acquiescence. It is a concept that always raised my curiosity when I was reading Da Liu. It seemed like an advanced state that led one closer to attain the Tao. I considered that it might have been referring to death. Earlier this morning, "from the beautiful chaos of Shanghai" Svitlana Zavialova posted this: "Don’t simplify the complexity of who you are for those who don’t desire to study it. The joy, the pain, the fear everything creates a symphony that is profound, where the beautiful and the ugly are equally present in the creation. You are amazing with everything you like and dislike about yourself. I see you, I recognize YOU." And it got me thinking about acquiescence. Right, it seemed kind of like complete authenticity and acceptance. So my thought went to is acquiescence a higher form of acceptance? We get the western word acquiescence from the Latin acquiēscere which means to find rest in. I think that if we have come to a place where we have a higher or complete acceptance, it would be a very restful place. So, that is how I am starting this thread off. I understand that some Chinese words don't have a proper English equivalent and I am not sure if that is the case with acquiescence or not. I look forward to any thoughts any of you feel like sharing. All are accepted. Not to sidetrack the thread before it starts, but, I am also thinking about Pu, the uncarved block, the state of full potential. Is acquiescence the carved block or is it a return to Pu? Maybe we'll have to have another thread on Pu, both of these states capture my imagination.
  4. Time Machine Dinner

    It was a lovely dinner silent thunder, can't wait till we do it again sometime.
  5. The Cool Picture Thread

  6. The Cool Picture Thread

    only the cleverest mouse would think to hide on top of a cat's head. only the wisest cat would think to look there.
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  8. The Daoist Way of Liberation

    The Neiye is about breath, meditation, qi cultivation and the cosmology those are based on. The title breaks down to basically to internal work.
  9. WARNING !!!!

    Xbalanque and Hunahpu are the Mayan twins. Anyways, Lemmy is cool and all--- but so many have covered that song. Somewhere exists the original. Yeah, Kipling. Don't forget Shelley, Byron, Coleridge, some dude named Milton too. They all had something to say as did The Bard. But when Marlowe put Faustus on the stage there were widespread eye witness accounts of actual devils appearing on stage. " The powerful effect of early productions of the play is indicated by the legends that quickly accrued around them—that actual devils once appeared on the stage during a performance, "to the great amazement of both the actors and spectators", a sight that was said to have driven some spectators mad." IDK, Lyle Lovett says the devil drives a coupe de ville around Nashville dispensing little pills. Can't say if the dude is real or not; he continues to make appearances in literature, song, poetry, it's like he has a good pr man or agent. It's like he struck a good deal. edit>> Charles Bukowski shared a jail cell with him in LA, I think the story goes.
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  11. WARNING !!!!

    ah ah ah or as Shakespeare would say Hell is empty all of the devils are here. Personification of the perceived can be a deep psychological phenomenon manifesting all kinds of stuff, or either (@marblehead)
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  13. simplify

    wang chung
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