Harmonious Emptiness

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  1. Learning Mandarin

    True, I should have clarified that I was referring to getting to a conversational level. You might not be able to read and write very well, but following the above with some enthusiasm, you can get to a very rough conversational level fairly fast. If you study full time in a class you'll probably be at about the same level, conversationally, in the same amount of time but you'll be able to read and write what you're saying as well.
  2. Learning Mandarin

    Get the Duolingo app, and also the Learning Chinese (panda) app, and Pleco dictionary app (best by far). Also good: https://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar/Grammar_points_by_level Put small stickers around your living space with character and pinyin names for things. Once you've gotten somewhere with the above, find some native Mandarin speakers who want to improve their English and start a weekly language exchange meet up. It's actually one of the easiest languages to learn. The only trouble is the tone issue, but when you get used to phrases you realize that you can tell the tones by recognizing the phrases/context. Also, do the Yoyo Chinese course to get a grasp of the inconsistencies in how you will hear Mandarin in the real world.
  3. I wouldn't take used chapstick. Chapstick is also full of chemicals I don't want to put on such a sensitive part of the body. It can cause irritation and dependence by making the lips more dry afterwards. Better to use oil from the side of your nose. Daoists often have VERY particular diets that cannot be casually imbalanced. Like a medicinal tea, if you add a little of something else, it might cancel out what you were trying to do. Same with possessions.. minimalism is appreciation because everything then has meaning. Mindless acquisition is to descend into meaninglessness. Or, maybe your shifu knew you would have those emotions and wanted you to confront them.
  4. Bone Healing

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  5. Haiku Chain

    Blowing in the wind Watch it go through the window Open minds unwind
  6. All things umami

    I should add a caveat to that, however, that one should be careful not to overdo it with pickled veggies: "Yup, pickled vegetables. When Chinese hospitals started systematically tracking cancer incidence 50 years ago, they found that certain regions suffered from startlingly high rates of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer of the cells lining the esophagus. Epidemiologists observed that people in these areas relied on fermented vegetables for nutrients for long parts of the year, when fresh veggies weren't available. Researchers now think the culprit is the fungi responsible for the fermentation process. As part of their natural life cycle, the microorganisms release a variety of possible carcinogens. Doctors have repeatedly attempted to substantiate the connection between pickled vegetables and cancer through clinical studies, with mixed results. But, taken as a whole, there does seem to be an association. A 2009 review of the existing studies conducted across Asia concluded that regularly eating pickled vegetables roughly doubles a person's risk for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma." http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2011/06/the_who_says_cellphonesand_picklesmay_cause_cancer.html
  7. All things umami

    Pickled mustard greens (ya cai) anyone? Rinse them well, chop them fine, and add them with the onion and garlic at the beginning. About as close as I've found to a veggie alternative to fish sauce. Fish sauce = SE Asian salt. Trick is to add less and cook a bit longer for a saltier effect.
  8. Haiku Chain

    Perfect harmony In the silent emptiness Of a mountain sky
  9. Form of meditation of Lao tse and Chuang tse

    Sure, but the fact that so many examples exist, in itself, is part of the argument, and we can't get to that massive part of the argument without seeing all of the examples. That's why I'm not willing to begin a discussion based on 1% of the evidence.
  10. Form of meditation of Lao tse and Chuang tse

    @Stosh Okay, fair enough.. you go read an entire book and are still not convinced and I'm nowhere to continue the conversation.. I get that. But literally every 5-10 lines of the translations is followed by explanations and examples showing the same ideas in the Dao De Jing and other texts, often nearly word for word or otherwise thought for thought as contained in a chapter by Lao Zi. There's not much point in taking the time to show you one or two examples, which you might have a rebuttal for, and then continue doing that for 300 pages. Sorry, but I don't have that much time.
  11. Form of meditation of Lao tse and Chuang tse

    Well Stosh, you'll have to shell out a few bucks for The Thread of Dao then. Far too many examples for me to go through. The entire book is about that. https://www.amazon.com/Thread-Dao-Unraveling-Traditions-Cultivation-ebook/dp/B078J7XRBX/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532348564&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=thread+of+dao&dpPl=1&dpID=51MSbCajMRL&ref=plSrch
  12. Form of meditation of Lao tse and Chuang tse

    Quite an exercise, but here you go: Indications of an earlier tradition in Lao Zi Aside from the more overt mentions of “old sayings,” describing the Sage, in general, seems to suggest an existing traditional community of “the sages” that he is lecturing on for an inquiring audience. Also, many of the times he says “this is called…” he may be referring to existing terminology. Speaking of Guanzi (see my previous comment) he may have been asked about the traditions that helped Guanzi bring Qi such success. Using Lin Yutang's translations Ch. 15 The wise ones of old had subtle wisdom and depth of understanding, So profound that they could not be understood. And because they could not be understood, Perforce must they be so described: Ch. 22 Is it not indeed true, as the ancients say, "To yield is to be preserved whole?" Thus he is preserved and the world does him homage. 39: That is why the princes and dukes call themselves "the orphaned," "the lonely one," "the unworthy." Is it not true then that they depend upon the common man for support? 41: Therefore there is the established saying: "Who understands Tao seems dull of comprehension; Who is advance in Tao seems to slip backwards; Who moves on the even Tao (Path) seems to go up and down." 49 The Sage dwells in the world peacefully, harmoniously. The people of the world are brought into a community of heart, And the Sage regards them all as his own children. 50 It has been said that he who is a good preserver of hi life Meets no tigers or wild buffaloes on land, Is not vulnerable to weapons in the field of battle. The horns of the wild buffalo are powerless against him. 57 Therefore the sage says: I do nothing and the people are reformed of themselves. I love quietude and the people are righteous of themselves. I deal in no business and the people grow rich by themselves. I have no desires and the people are simple and honest by themselves. 62 Wherein did the ancients prize this Tao? Did they not say, "to search for the guilty ones and pardon them"? Therefore is (tao) the treasure of the world. 68 The brave soldier is not violent; The good fighter does not lose his temper; The great conqueror does not fight (on small issues); The good user of men places himself below others. - This is the virtue of not-contending, Is called the capacity to use men, Is reaching to the height of being Mated to Heaven, to what was of old. 77 Who can have enough and to spare to give to the entire world? Only the man of Tao. Therefore the Sage acts, but does not possess, Accomplishes but lays claim to no credit, Because he has no wish to seem superior. 78 Therefore the Sage says: "Who receives unto himself the calumny of the world Is the preserver of the state. Who bears himself the sins of the world Is king of the world." Straight words seem crooked.
  13. Form of meditation of Lao tse and Chuang tse

    I'm not saying that he wrote it, just that he and the Nei Ye came from the same tradition. Did he read it? It's quite possible that both documents are that of an oral tradition, just like Confucius' Ananalects, albeit possibly more word for word given the rhyme schemes. So, he didn't have to read the document if the teachings within it were circulating amongst his peers. Guanzi lived around 700 BC and was an extremely talented Prime Minister. He likely had people very similar to Lao Zi around him, given the time period and how connected everyday life was to nature, if was to know so much about agriculture and the like.
  14. Form of meditation of Lao tse and Chuang tse

    This is going by traditional authorship, in which case Guan Zi would predate Lao Zi. Also, Lao Zi frequently speaks of ancient sayings and practices, so it seems unlikely that he invented everything he wrote about.
  15. Haiku Chain

    It's quite off the cuff Cufflinks falling to the floor Cling clang; cling no more