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Hello everyone! My name is Stevie, or just do away with the "i" and just call me Steve. :P


I'm a 26 year old dude from Manila, and I'm craving for knowledge on the Tao.


I find it this philosophy very "ironic" though, and I have a feeling that it's something learned through feel. For example: correct me if I'm wrong, but I feel that "forcing" myself to study the Tao academically is counter productive. I am so used to learning through efforts and studying (maybe because of my hardcore Christian background), but I feel like I'm getting nowhere. It's when I let go, sit back, relax, and contemplate that I seem to learn about the Tao. Quite simply, when I try, nothing happens. When I don't, something happens. Is this Taoist or what?! On a side note related to that being "taoist or what," I seem to realize that defining is a big NO. Because definitions ironically make something lose it's essence? I don't know.


So yeah, that's where I'm at! I seem to have rambled, but please correct me if I'm wrong. Sorry about that guys!


Basically, I'm here to learn from all of you, and I'm excited. :)




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Hello steviesrojas, and welcome.


Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go.


Please take the time to read the two posts pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum terms and rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started.


For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day.


Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you,


Marblehead and the TDB team



Hi Steve,


Yes, Taoism is full of ironies and paradoxes.  You are right about forcing things.  The Tao flows naturally; so should your learning of the Way.  We have in sub-forum a complete study of all the chapters of the Tao Te Ching.  That might be a good place to start.  Or, just jump in and start asking questions and commenting to various posts.


You are welcome to jump right in ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forms to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started.


May you enjoy your time here.



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