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  1. Taoist triva and memorabilia

    Are we expecting some ferocious behaviour from both nature and world leaders, do you think?
  2. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    Anyone seen the film "Shaolin"? Jackie Chan's character is the one that actually does no kung fu, but gives a speech that it is the mastery of something that will lead to enlightenment (he's the chef if you haven't seen) I'm painting my house at the moment and I'm using martial arts training for that. Same for when I cook, clean, play and instrument etc. I guess it's the same as what the mindfulness movement has suggested over here in the west. Religion is pretty much removed, but the art of focus is emphasised outside of "formal" seated meditation.
  3. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    I wish I could remember its name...someone posted it in a thread here years and years ago. A Japanese form of archery where monks spent a lifetime aiming for dead centre. Or something like that. It is considered a martial art. Your post reminds me of the Zhuangzi butcher tale I play guitar, fairly well I'd like to say. The moment I pick up someone else's, well, it takes some getting used to. People rave about the Gibson Les Paul. I see how it is made amazingly to be very easy on the hands...but when I first picked it up, I was clunky! Mastering the art is one thing, but the tools themselves are an extention of this mastery. Edit: Note - I am a jack-of-all trades, master of none!
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    Yeah...no one else around me gets it. I don't bother talking about this sorta thing because people it either goes over people's heads or they think I'm talking some barmy, floaty new age stuff. Oh, how more lonely I get as I grow older and practice more.
  5. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    Who's your master, dude? If you don't mind sharing? Also, yes. This is why it is important to meditate regularly. I see it as like brushing your teeth...the mess builds up and you just have to let go of that mess regularly.
  6. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    And on the flipside, ever noticed those days when absolutely NOTHING goes right or to plan? I always look back and think, "if only I'd read the signs then I would have had a different day" Sometimes all you gotta do is change direction and do something completely different to radically make a difference. Sounds obvious, but we are often stubborn as humans, and keep grinding it out, and wearing ourselves out!
  7. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    Nice. I feel the value of learning a martial art is to understand that you can build a huge toolset of moves to realise that most of the time, you won't need to use them. But yes, very important to acknowledge that we have to take action to be a part of the solution...but only when the action is necessary. Tens of thousands of hours in practice in something will train the mind and body to act accordingly
  8. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    I get hung up on this a lot. Thanks for reiterating this point
  9. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    Stop, I'll start banging on about Zhaungzi soon. Hang on, isn't that "philosophical Daoism"? Psych!
  10. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    I might be in need of a break down if I haven't understood your question but... Wu wei is a pretty old idea, right? "You’re kind of saying that the the goal is not the unintentional outcome of things practically working out?." Had to double-quote because this has thrown me with the double negative - sorry!
  11. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    Sometimes they may not look at the mirror. But hey, that's not your problem.
  12. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    I say actually, understand nothing. I sum up Daoism as a philosophy of no philosophy. Moreso the "undoing" of what has already been done. Relax...forget. The true essence of us lies underneath all the mess that's in our minds.
  13. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    @lrn2livorlive2lrn @ilumairen Ok, I think you just exposed the fact that I do not have the Dao of Frying
  14. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    Actually, I'm sorry too. My tone was off, and I shouldn't expect you (or anyone who isn't familiar with me here) to know what I was getting at. I'm trying to emphasise that I agree with a lot of the OP. I'm always quick to call out blatant woo-woo, but a big lesson in Daoism is that certain practices have great value. These are recognised by doctors, for example.... Empty the mind, fill the belly: Meditation technnique that can help one keep calm and feel inner strength, peace and clarity. Taiji practice. Focus, coordination and a healthy, functioning body. Avocados aside, I bet you could find a simple example. My go to is this: When you fry food and it sticks to the pan, you could put a lot of energy into scrubbing it. This costs time, and it is tiring. Or you could soak it overnight in soapy boiling water and let it do the work for you. When you come back in the morning, the task will be 10x easier and take a matter of seconds. "Do what is difficult when it is easy"- Laozi There is a massive chemical process here, which is all well and good. But the Daoist needn't delve into all that as a Daoist. If the Daoist chooses Chemistry as a walk of life, then that is Chemistry within the Dao. The practitioner could use Daoist practices to enhance learning of said chemistry in order to master it... ...that that would be chemistry. Daoism is still just Daoism
  15. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    I don't dispute any of this. Never have, never will...you take my words so literally. Point being, we could be having a productive thread right now about using Daoism practically/pragmatically but instead, we waste our energy splitting hairs over the OP's tone that hit a few nerves. Can we talk about avocados again?