Philosophy

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Beyond Right And Wrong

Yin and Yang Merging with the Tao begins with an understanding of the principle of interconnectedness – that all is Tao. Then we explore particular elements of the Tao, such as mystery and emptiness,...

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The Glass Is Empty

Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub; It is the center hole that makes it useful. Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Chapter 11, Tao Te Ching...

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Mystery – The Gateway To The Tao

Something mysteriously formed, Born before heaven and earth. In the silence and the void, Standing alone and unchanging, Everpresent and in motion. Chapter 25, Tao Te Ching The ancient Taoist sages believed that humans,...

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The Circle Of Tao

By Ted Kardash, Taoist Priest and Teacher

lao-tzuThis is the first of several articles to explore the nature of Tao as presented in the writings of legendary sages Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, and to investigate how we might understand and apply these ideas in our daily lives.

We have all had the experience of being “plugged in”, deeply connected with something greater than ourselves. Watching a sunset or hiking in the woods, enjoying music or some other work of art, experiencing a special relationship with another person, whether through love, friendship, or compassion – any of these events can evoke a feeling of expansion and well-being.

Such occurrences are most often deeply meaningful. We encounter a larger reality where the boundaries between us and the outer world seem to vanish. We are totally present and feel whole and complete. We have entered the Circle of Tao.

 

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Zen Or Tao, Tao And Zen

In the library at Dharamsala they were dressed for debate, mallas wrapped around biceps, robes round shoulders, arms free to gesticulate.  The words of Shakyamuni Buddha had finally been committed to writing four centuries...