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I am new to the forum, but have lurked off and on over the years. I identify as Christian, but I have Buddhist and Daoist leanings - I have always looked at Christianity from an Eastern perspective rather than western. There was a time in the not distant past that I was heavily influenced by the book "The Jesus Sutras" and in relation to the Christian synchretism with Daoist and Buddhist ideas when Christianity made it to China. I am just getting back into Daoism philosophy and meditation, and I am a definite novice. 

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Hello, tampasteve, 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‚Äôve posted¬†fifteen¬†times in the forums, you‚Äôll be a ‚ÄúJunior Bum‚ÄĚ with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only¬†two¬†private messages per day.


Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you,


Fa Xin and the TDB team


Welcome tampasteve,


I'll have to check out that book.  I find the Gospel of Thomas to have a very Daoist feel to it, too.  Welcome to the forum, I look forward to seeing you around.


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


May you enjoy your time here.


Fa Xin

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27 minutes ago, Marblehead said:

Hi tampasteve.  Welcome.


You aren't related to Tampa Red are you?



Thank you! I am not familiar with Tampa Red, perhaps though! Although, I do not know any people that locally ascribe to Taoism. I have yet to attend any Tai chi or other activities where one might typically meet such like minded people. 

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