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What is the Taoist religion?

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5 hours ago, wandelaar said:

 

No. I have decided not to delve into Taoist religion. I made several  attempts lately to appreciate Taoist religion, but I found out that I simply can't. Not my cup of thee!

Not my cup of tea either - never thought of it as a religion or belief system.

But then again I did not ever see Buddhism as a religion until attending a temple where our son could go to a class there.

It was and is a real eye opener - very dogmatic - very past- time.

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9 minutes ago, Spotless said:

Not my cup of tea either - never thought of it as a religion or belief system.

But then again I did not ever see Buddhism as a religion until attending a temple where our son could go to a class there.

It was and is a real eye opener - very dogmatic - very past- time.

 

It seems to happen to all spiritual philosophies and world views, as soon as they become mainstream they will lose their vigour and harden into empty forms and rituals. At that point people will even start to join them for social or political reasons. That's why I'm mainly interested in what the founders had to say.

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11 hours ago, wandelaar said:

... seems to happen to all spiritual philosophies ...

 

Sadly, this is true. When one participates in practices simply for the sake of the practice, it becomes hollow, devoid of meaning. I have always seen organized religion as a social structure. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Most people need a standard to live by, as a basis of social interaction. Where it becomes pernicious is when it becomes exclusive and then intolerant of other points of view. The only way for the individual to avoid this ... and remain within the social structure ... is through humility and tolerance. 

 

One of the things that attracted me to Daoism is the understanding of how the sage conducts his life and deals with social interaction. Many of the chapters of DDJ allude to this. It describes a path of personal conduct that an individual can subscribe to without becoming presciptive and ritualistic. Its about how you behave, not what you do. It imposes on no one, yet, has the ability to abide with all.

 

 

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On 29/12/2018 at 4:49 PM, vonkrankenhaus said:

 

Master Gu is not going to teach anyone Taoism.

 

He doesn't even understand the TaiJiTu.

 

"So these two dots,, represents, uh,,, eyes"

 

 

 

 

-VonKrankenhaus

 

Are you referring to a specific video and do you have a correction to make? If so, please share.

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1 minute ago, Rara said:

Are you referring to a specific video

 

 

 

I have posted many words of explanation of YinYang and the TaiJiTu here in various discussions.

 

I like his costume and props though.

 

Otherwise, what would anyone be recognizing?

 

His audience will likely not be equip to discern what he is saying anyway.

 

And I am not saying "bad" - just saying "incorrect".

 

 

 

 

 

-VonKrankenhaus

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1 hour ago, vonkrankenhaus said:

 

 

 

I have posted many words of explanation of YinYang and the TaiJiTu here in various discussions.

 

I like his costume and props though.

 

Otherwise, what would anyone be recognizing?

 

His audience will likely not be equip to discern what he is saying anyway.

 

And I am not saying "bad" - just saying "incorrect".

 

 

 

 

 

-VonKrankenhaus

 

If there's a thread you'd like to guide me to to compare, I'd be more than willing to have a read through. Thank you for your time :)

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13 hours ago, Rara said:

If there's a thread you'd like to guide me to to compare

 

Most that I am in under any related topic.

 

Not sure which ones are best, but should be searchable in this forum.

 

 

 

 

 

-VonKrankenhaus

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