Harmonious Emptiness

The Dao Bums
  • Content count

    3,345
  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Harmonious Emptiness

  • Rank
    nemesis: Erroneous Cleanliness

Recent Profile Visitors

17,475 profile views
  1. Haiku Chain

    It's quite off the cuff Cufflinks falling to the floor Cling clang; cling no more
  2. Form of meditation of Lao tse and Chuang tse

    @CityHermit!, verses have been interpreted as such, and medical texts involving sex were found amongst the Mawangdui texts where the oldest known copy of the Dao De Jing was found. Best we don't tarnish this thread with speculations on that topic though.
  3. Role of Gender in Asian Religions

    You could talk about eunuchs in ancient China, who were almost genderless and often held a great deal of power, largely because of their freedom to socialize with both powerful men and the female family members of royalty. There are many parallels, imo, to the roles of eunuchs of the past and the roles of gay men today, who might occupy positions due to the reduced threat they pose to women.
  4. What role does faith play in the taoist perspective?

    If faith means simply believing something because someone told to you to, then I would agree that this very Western understanding of faith has no place in Daoism because Daoism encourages personal experience, participation in the development of further experience -- knowledge through experience. But the word for faith in Chinese, xin 信, translates in many ways: sincerity, trustworthiness, trust, faith, and also true as in original and pure. While we should always be open to perceive change, Daoism also teaches the removal of doubt -- being of "one mind." This is also xin.
  5. Where would you place cultivation aimed at cultivating wisdom, perception, intent, spirit, etc.? Would you say that one can cultivate xing and ming without the goals of immortality?
  6. Form of meditation of Lao tse and Chuang tse

    You can only get the kindle books from your local Amazon, so ".co.uk" if your in the UK, .com if your in the US, etc.
  7. Form of meditation of Lao tse and Chuang tse

    The connections between Laozi, Zhuangzi, and Guanzi make the practices more apparent. They practiced sitting in stillness, internal gazing, absorbing Virtue from Heaven, harmonizing internal energies, likely absorbing yin and yang from nature, etc.
  8. Form of meditation of Lao tse and Chuang tse

    So then you have the Neiye, but not the Xinshu (2 parts plus commentary) and the Bai Xin. Also, while Original Tao is sort of a must read, it's more about history, whereas Thread of Dao looks at the practices and philosophy. You'll also find a wealth of translated excerpts from other texts in Thread of Dao, like Zhuang Zi, Internal Medicine Classic, Zen writings, etc., and meditation guidance in the back to apply the texts in sitting practice.
  9. Five-element theory and Lao & Chuang

    Found an interesting take by Jeffrey Yuen who said that Laozi didn't talk about 5 elements because he didn't like naming and categorizing. Zhuangzi made brief reference to them but was similar to Laozi in that he felt one could do away with the need for such things by pure living, inside and out.
  10. Form of meditation of Lao tse and Chuang tse

    Pasting from similar thread.. same answer: You might find what you're looking for here: Includes all the meditation texts from the Guanzi, where the Neiye is found. Includes commentary to connect them with the mediation traditions inspired by Laozi and Zhuangzi, including translations of these texts, and also of Guiguzi (Ghost Valley Master) from Warring States which seems inspired by the Neiye, et al. https://www.amazon.com/Thread-Dao-Unraveling-Traditions-Cultivation-ebook/dp/B078J7XRBX/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527611992&sr=1-1&keywords=thread+of+dao
  11. Yin Yang: In Classical Texts

    It's probably excellent. Rochat and Claude Larre (who she sometimes co-writes with) are generally the best sources for deeper traditions behind Chinese medicine.
  12. You might find what you're looking for here: Includes all the meditation texts from the Guanzi, where the Neiye is found. Includes commentary to connect them with the mediation traditions inspired by Laozi and Zhuangzi, including translations of these texts, and also of Guiguzi (Ghost Valley Master) from Warring States which seems inspired by the Neiye, et al. https://www.amazon.com/Thread-Dao-Unraveling-Traditions-Cultivation-ebook/dp/B078J7XRBX/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527611992&sr=1-1&keywords=thread+of+dao
  13. Hi old friends, Passing through and enjoying this thread, so will share one of my own: Used to live half a block from a subway station. Every morning before work, last thing I’d do before leaving is qigong practice for 20-45 minutes and then leave without looking at the time (so as not to feel rushed). Would get to the light at the corner, find a good beat in the traffic to jaywalk, and then fly down the escalator and a flight of stairs as fast as possible. For about three weeks straight I slid through the subway doors with less than 3 seconds to spare, and otherwise did the same thing 90% of the time. Once heard a newspaper guy near the turn-style say “I don’t know how he does it” after a couple of weeks of this. I’ve found such things to be like exotic birds. Strange and beautiful, but entirely natural.
  14. Haiku Chain

    In more than one way I would really like to say Five hundred pages
  15. CH. 67 - Three Treasures

    ....