Reading on Daoist Alchemy recently, stumbled upon Daobums

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I have been reading books on Daoist Alchemy, everything from Cleary's translation of Golden Flower, Taoist Alchemy, watching Damo on YT, etc.


Read Mantak Chia many years ago, read I Ching, Lao Tse and Chuang Tsu many years ago, but until recently was more focused on western esoteric thought. Reading Gurdjieff and wondering about some of the practises and ideas, how some of the centers theory and breathing exercises reminded me of Taoism, led me to rereading the above and seeing how clearly many ideas were laid forth in the Taoist core texts, with less confusion and far more pragmatism.


I also see resemblances to Islamic Sufism, which I have practised for decades. 


Still stumbling about, thus I like the Bums part of the title.




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Welcome Abester, the more you learn the more connections you see.  Yet reading has to be balanced by practice, otherwise we gain little and become 'top' heavy.  Seeing the fruit, smelling the fruit but not tasting it. 


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Hi @abester,


It's nice to meet you.  I recently read Cleary's rendering of the Golden Flower as well.  Although other than that you've covered much more ground with Daoism than I have.


Welcome to The Bums :)

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