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Daoism

The Daoist and the Religious Man

A Daoist runs into a man of religion one day on his way into town.  They stop and greet each other, and chat for a bit.  The religious man is very anxious to tell the Daoist about his religion.  The Daoist says “I would love to hear all about your faith and philosophy.  Although I am on my way somewhere, let’s exchange ideas.  You enlighten me on the core teachings of your religion, and I will give you the core teaching of Daoism.”

Work and Play from a Daoist Point of View

How many times have you been at work thinking “I don’t want to be here right now, I’d rather be somewhere else”?  It’s natural to have this feeling.  When we live in the dualistic world of “work” and “play”, we are bound to experience this.

In Daoism, we strive to get rid of all duality in our thinking.  Once we remove the limiting dualistic thought,

Enlightenment Story #2

There was a man who studied the Dao for many years. He practiced Daoist meditation and came very close to the Dao on many occassions, often getting a glimpse.  One day, in reading a passage from the scriptures, he began to think that really the Dao is nothing special, and rather boring. 

Enlightenment Story #3

A student once asked his teacher “Master, are you enlightened?”.  The teacher replied “When you see the folly in your question, you too will become enlightened”.  And at that moment he was....

The Pursuit of the Dao

Chapter 48 of the “Dao De Jing”

Consider this passage from Laozi’s Classic “The Dao De Jing”:

The follower of knowledge acquires as much as he can every day;
The follower of Tao loses as much as he can every day.

By attrition he reaches a state of inaction
Wherein he does nothing, but leaves nothing undone.

To conquer the World, do nothing;
If you must do something,
The World remains beyond conquest.

Discover the Harmony in Your Own Being

The “Hua Hu Ching” is a collection of the oral teachings of Laozi, an ancient Daoist master and considered the founder of Daoism.  The teachings in this book are laid out in chapter format, similar to the “Dao De Jing”.  While the Dao De Jing is more poetic in nature, the Hua Hu Ching is somewhat more straightforward and to the point.

Consider Chapter 39 of the Hua Hu Ching:

Why scurry about looking for the truth?
It vibrates in every thing and every not-thing, right off the tip of your nose
Can you be still and see it in the mountain? the pine tree? yourself?

Don’t imagine that you’ll discover it by accumulating more knowledge.
Knowledge creates doubt, and doubt makes you ravenous for more knowledge.
You can’t get the full eating this way.
The wise person dines on something more subtle.