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The Teaching of Transcendental Empathy

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An interesting way of viewing Tao cultivation, quoted from


Aviilokín K'shi is a poet ever in pursuit of humility. Due to humble inborn mystical capacities is he able to remember much of his previous lifetimes as a Taoist. Taoism is a form of ancient Chinese mysticism that pursues a harmonious unity with nature. The ancient Taoist path that Aviilokín K'shi remembers was about Taoists not only perceiving the Tao as the divine source of life, but especially as a passageway into nature.
In order to understand this, we must see that the Tao is not only the source of life but naturally also the universal essence of all things. Because the Tao is the universal essence of all things, it has a bridging function between all things, as if it enables a neural network to exist between the myriad facets of life. Therefore those who learn to live in compliance with Tao learn to interface with reality, and so become wise and harmonious.
Aviilokín K'shi also likes to refer to this quality as transcendental empathy.
The meaning of empathy is that one is able to understand another person by being able to place oneself in his or her position. By living in compliance with Tao, one places oneself in the universal essence of all things, thereby attaining an empathic relationship with the truths of life, including the laws and principles of nature. This is where esoteric wisdom such as yoga, qi gong, inner alchemy, the internal martial arts and tantra come from.
This means that Aviilokín K'shi is quickly inclined to not pay too much attention to what the ancient Taoists have learned, but rather how they learned. In this manner does he hope that people do not only get the fruit of Tao practice, but also know how to find its roots.

Transcendental empathy relies on a state of deep mystical Stillness, a state of being which Aviilokín K'shi likes to express in poetically written fiction, such as Lions of Virtue. He employs a mystical form of writing in which he translates the "patterns of energetic harmony" that he experiences in his deeper mystical unity with Tao and nature into patterns of phonological harmony in speech. To those sensitive enough, this gives his work a mantra-like power that will bring his audience closer to the Tao and natural harmony.


I found the author's book, Lions of Virtue, an interesting and creative way of expressing the Taoist state (and way) of being, applying it to an adventurous fantasy scenario that doesn't try to imitate a traditional Chinese setting, but uses the roots of the ancient Chinese Taoist wisdom tradition and applies it to something that feels very unique.



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