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  1. The Tao Te Ching lists 3 sacred qualities (i.e. sanbao/ 3 treasures) as Compassion, Simplicity/Frugality and Humility. Despite this any reference to compassion that I hear of seems to be coming from a Mahayana Buddhist standpoint (such as Liao Fan's Four Lessons) or the Chinese Folk Religion concept of accumulating merit/virtue. Is anyone on this forum aware of traditional Taoist Scripture(s) that focus on Compassion?
  2. New member-shifu Michael

    Hi Michael, It's great to see you on the forum. I had often wondered over the years how we had not yet had the good fortune of your presence here. As we say around my parts: "One hundred thousand welcomes." I hope your stay will be a pleasant and productive one. Awen
  3. I have been looking around for this book for quite a while, however I can't find anywhere online that delivers to where I am. Michael Saso's website also seems to have gone offline.
  4. New member

    Great to have you. Hope you benefit from being here.
  5. If its a deep practice (with a health focus) that you want and with no ego issues then look into
  6. Rudi's system is a really great option and he is an approachable, knowledgable and stable teacher- difficult to get all three qualities on one teacher. Check out his website here. It's honestly a fantastic route to cultivation.
  7. Hi there!

    Great to meet you, Santiago. Awen
  8. TCM herbs suppliers in EU

    You could try contacting in Ireland- though they tend to offer good quality herbal formulas rather than individual herbs. It'd be a great starting point all the same.
  9. Many thanks for your many efforts Liminal!
  10. Unfortunately the YouTube videos that were posted are no longer available. However they have been transferred to the ATS website where they remain available for purchase at $50 each (the decision was taken sometime back to no longer offer things for free on his website.)
  11. Wonderful interview with Ian Baker

    I like that he is open to so-called heresy (i.e. innovation in practice based on observed truths). Nonetheless, his stated appreciation and great respect for David Verdesi is somewhat concerning.
  12. Taoist Sites, Blogs and Links

    George made a feature length "movie" which is on his channel that is quite enjoyable.
  13. Acupuncture

    Not if someone knows what they are doing. There can be contra-indications for some points, eg Spleen 10 brings on labour in pregnant women- so if you're trying to treat deep, toxic heat in a woman who is (or potentially could be) pregnant, do not go anywhere near SP10. Trained practitioners will know this and therefore it poses no problem.
  14. Sounds like liver invading spleen (though can't say that for certain without running the full diagnostic gamut)- if so, there are herbs and acupuncture points that can help, but not unless you also start tackling the root cause.