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I'm a high school sophomore in the U.S. who recently became quite interested in Taoism/Daoism. I am currently reading my first piece of Daoist literature, the Mair Zhuangzi (and loving it!)


At least as of right now, I am more of a philosophical Daoist than a religious one. In other words, I don't engage in the energy cultivation practices or anything like that.


My interest in this philosophy really stemmed from an interest in philosophy in general. (The book that introduced me to Daoism was Hans Georg-Moeller's The Moral Fool.) The current state of my philosophy is essentially postmodernist in nature -- and that has naturally led me to Daoism, the place where paradoxes are accepted and life is lived with little stress over the unresolved ones. 


Aside from philosophy, my biggest interests are in film music (particularly that of John Williams) and films (Star Wars, for example, as well as Spielberg's and Terrance Malick's works). 


I've read through a few threads here in the past couple months and I now hope I'm ready to make some contributions. I already have a few questions for you guys that hopefully I will be able to post within the next couple of days. :)

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Hello, Will 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 post 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 Will,


WE are currently doing a study of Mair's translation of the Chuang Tzu.  You are very welcome to join in.  I too am a Philosophical Daoist.  Being an Atheist I have little interest in religions.


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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