Damneron

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Lately I have been on a "spiritual journey" to find a sense of purpose within this crazy world we live in. I have been researching many religious and spiritual practices but none grabbed me as much as Daoism/Taoism (someone please fill me in on which one is right or if it even matters). With the little knowledge that I've accumulated it seems like I've accidentally lived my whole life as a Daoist. I signed up for this site because I want to learn more about the Dao  and the practices (if any) of Daoists. Also I read some of the forums here and it seems pretty chill.

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Greetings Damneron, The board can be pretty chill, but it does have its moments.  I grew up with Tao, but these days Dao seems is deemed more 'authentic'.  Course the Dao matters, t's and d's don't.  Welcome to the board.

 

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Welcome mate.

 

When I first encountered Daoism, it was like being struck by silent lightning.

 

It was like suddenly becoming aware of an entire aspect of myself that had lain dormant and having it then spring to life.

 

Hope you enjoy your time and conversations here...

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5 hours ago, silent thunder said:

Welcome mate.

 

When I first encountered Daoism, it was like being struck by silent lightning.

 

It was like suddenly becoming aware of an entire aspect of myself that had lain dormant and having it then spring to life.

 

Hope you enjoy your time and conversations here...

Thank you for the warm welcome. I totally understand that feeling, I did so much looking into other practices (such as Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism) and though I have learned a lot through those religions and respect anyone that follow those beliefs, when I discovered Daoism I thought to myself "Woah, I'm not the only one that thinks like this!" My outlook on life has very close connections with Daoism and I never even knew it. I want to be one with the Dao. 

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Taoism is more of a "water" tradition, so you'll notice that people whom are elementally farther to that side will find a common resonance with this tradition. "The Water Course Way" as some have called it.

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On 8/20/2020 at 12:51 AM, Damneron said:

 Daoism/Taoism (someone please fill me in on which one is right or if it even matters). 

 

Daoism is the correct spelling according to the pinyin method of transliteration of Mandarin.

Taoism was the correct spelling in the Wade-Giles method. 

The pinyin system is currently the closest to a currently accepted standard in China.

You'll see both used interchangeably here. 

Welcome!

 

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