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The Way of the Living Ghost

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The Way of the Living Ghost is a cautionary treatise. It is a work about being hollow and overfull, and about seeing “now” and “then” through darkened eyes. It is about hunger, need, loss, violence, and injustice. It is a meditation on paradox and inertia. All of these are hallmarks of ghosts, but the living ghost can change its fate.

This enigmatic work by Dr Anderson combs through the Daodejing, line by line, in new translation giving robust commentary to the dark side of the Dao. It is a direct response to the pronounced current in Daoist literature which recognizes some form of “cultivated” or “perfected” person, but awards scant recognition of the “unwhole” or “imperfect” parts of a lived life. We invite you to delve into this work and explore the necromantic philosophy espoused herein and learn the ways of the living ghost.

 

My copy of The Way of the Living Ghost arrived today. 👻 Stoked to dive into this one.

 


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$36 to $131?  Holy moly.  I hope you enjoy it :)

 

Just reading the little description you posted, sounds awesome.  My current practice is to try and shed thoughts of yesterday and tomorrow.  The ghost can change its fate.

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1 minute ago, manitou said:

$36 to $131?  Holy moly.  I hope you enjoy it :)

 

Just reading the little description you posted, sounds awesome.  My current practice is to try and shed thoughts of yesterday and tomorrow.  The ghost can change its fate.

 

Yeah, pricey even for the paperback, I like supporting small publishing companies when I can though.

 

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18 hours ago, sean said:

 

Yeah, pricey even for the paperback, I like supporting small publishing companies when I can though.

 

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Funny you should say that.  I'm about to buy a whole gaggle of watercolor supplies - my first thought was Amazon.  And then I thought, no - pay a little extra and support one of the local folks in town.  Actually, probably a lot extra.

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43 minutes ago, ilumairen said:

Have you started it yet? Any thoughts?

 

Yeah, it's quite fascinating. The premise is that many of us living humans are effectively already ghosts. It then proceeds with a kind of haunted version of the Daodejing, a Daodejing written by a hungry ghost , the "Dao of the Living Ghost" 生命鬼道.

 

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Ticking a lot of boxes for me because I love Daoism, ghosts and horror. 😄 Was also pleasantly surprised to see my late teacher Liu Ming mentioned as a source in the first chapter.

 

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5 hours ago, sean said:

 

Yeah, it's quite fascinating. The premise is that many of us living humans are effectively already ghosts. It then proceeds with a kind of haunted version of the Daodejing, a Daodejing written by a hungry ghost , the "Dao of the Living Ghost" 生命鬼道.

 

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Ticking a lot of boxes for me because I love Daoism, ghosts and horror. 😄 Was also pleasantly surprised to see my late teacher Liu Ming mentioned as a source in the first chapter.

 

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Ticks all the same boxes as I love those too. It also sounds like something out of an old RPG I played called Kindred of The East. 

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The strict rules of the Sabbath, no work, no buying or selling, cooking, lifting, lighting.. a day of rest, study.. family.. contemplation..meditation.  24 hours of it.  Mystically you get an 'extra soul'.

 

I bring up the concept of Sabbath because I remember someone saying 'If you can't deal with the Sabbath.  How you going to deal with eternity?'   Are such restrictions heaven or hell?   Maybe its ghost training.  Living without physical desire, once a week 24/1 . 

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This reminds me of Totem poles and their mysterious origins which have been hitherto lost in the mists of time and space among the many different peoples on the many different sides of the Earth.

 

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Clowning, like the icon of the Thunderbird, could be found in almost every North American Indian society. In every case, it involved ridiculous behavior, but on the Plains it especially exhibited inversion and reversal as elements of satire. There were four types of clown societies on the Plains – age-graded societies, military societies, the northern plains type, and the heyoka shamanistic societies.

 

The behaviors of all sorts of clowns revolved around a few basic themes or attributes: burlesque, mocking the sacred, playing pranks or practical jokes, making obscene jokes or gestures, caricature of others, exhibiting gross gluttony or extreme appetite, strange acts of self-mortification or self-deprecation, and taunting of enemies or strangers. (Steward 1991)

 

Saced-Clown-4.pngThe heyoka were different in three primary ways from the other sorts of clowns. They were truly unpredictable, and could do the unexpected or tasteless even during the most solemn of occasions. Moreso than other clowns, they really seemed to be insane. Also, they were thought to be more inspired by trans-human supernatural forces (as individuals driven by spirits rather than group conventions), and to have a closer link to wakan or power than other clowns. And lastly, they kept their role for life – it was a sacred calling which could not be given up without performing an agonizing ritual of expiation. Not surprisingly, these unique differences were seen as the result of their having visions of Thunderbird, a unique and transforming experience.

 

The Oglala Indian Black Elk had some interesting things to say about the heyoka ceremony, which he himself participated in. Black Elk describes the “dog in boiling water” ceremony in some detail. He also describes the bizarre items he had to carry as a heyoka, and the crazy antics he had to perform with his companions. He also attempts to explain the link between the contrary trickster nature of heyokas with that of Thunderbird.

“When a vision comes from the thunder beings of the West, it comes with terror like a thunder storm; but when the storm of vision has passed, the world is greener and happier; for wherever the truth of vision comes upon the world, it is like a rain. The world, you see, is happier after the terror of the storm… you have noticed that truth comes into this world with two faces. One is sad with suffering, and the other laughs; but it is the same face, laughing or weeping. When people are already in despair, maybe the laughing is better for them; and when they feel too good and are too sure of being safe, maybe the weeping face is better. And so I think this is what the heyoka ceremony is for … the dog had to be killed quickly and without making any scar, as lightning kills, for it is the power of lightning that heyokas have.” (quoted in Neihardt 1959: 160)

 

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Even in a physical sense, we are ghosts.  The dimension of an atom is 99.99999999999% space.  That means that ratio applies to us as well.

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1 hour ago, manitou said:

Even in a physical sense, we are ghosts.  The dimension of an atom is 99.99999999999% space.  That means that ratio applies to us as well.

 

Even ”worse” i’d say! We’re all those percents of nothing.

For some reason that still escapes understanding for me is the tension or whatever the correct terminology is still makes possibility of interaction between stuff on a physical plane.

Whats bugging me even more, liquids and gases are made up of the same ratio of stuff:nothing. Wtf, srsly physics, how?! :)

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3 hours ago, Rocky Lionmouth said:

 

Even ”worse” i’d say! We’re all those percents of nothing.

For some reason that still escapes understanding for me is the tension or whatever the correct terminology is still makes possibility of interaction between stuff on a physical plane.

Whats bugging me even more, liquids and gases are made up of the same ratio of stuff:nothing. Wtf, srsly physics, how?! :)

 

I think it boils down to Thought.  Who's thought?  The intelligence within everything.

 

I think the fact that time is an illusion plays into this as well.  It's really all happening Now.  That may explain the interaction you speak of.

 

I too wonder how it is that objects maintain their shape.  Why don't the atoms and components fly apart?  (Okay, I know....electromagnetics).  But that's just a definition, a word.  Does the 'idea' of a lamp keep it intact throughout time?  Or is it the space outside of the lamp that defines and maintains its shape?

 

We should have this figured out by tomorrow.

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