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what can you tell me about Taoism?

I know some of thier practices involve martial arts, anything else other than that? do they use crystals and magic? what do you know and what can you tell me?

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  1. There are several levels of Taoism (just like anything else) I practise Taoist philosophy, by which I mean that I adhere to the concepts taught by Lao Tzu in the Tao te Ching. The base concept of Taoist Philosophy is Duality, in short there can be no good without evil, every thing has an opposite, any force cannot exist without its opposing force. I highly reccomend reading Thomas Cleary’s translation of the Tao te Ching. It inspires severe brain cramping. If you have any other questions feel free to email me.

  2. To the Chinese, the harmony and orderliness they perceived in the universe were manifestations of Tao, a sort of divine will or legislation existing in and regulating the universe. In other words, instead of believing in a Creator God, who controls the universe, they believed in a providence, a will of heaven, or simply heaven itself as the cause of everything.
    Applying the concept of Tao to human affairs, the Chinese believed that there is a natural and correct way to do everything and that everything and everyone has its proper place and its proper function. They believed, for example, that if the ruler performed his duty by dealing justly with the people and looking after the sacrificial rituals pertaining to heaven, there would be peace and prosperity for the nation. Similarly, if people were willing to seek out the way, or Tao, and follow it, everything would be harmonious, peaceful, and effective. But if they were to go contrary to or resist it, the result would be chaos and disaster.
    This idea of going with Tao and not interfering with its flow is a central element of Chinese philosophical and religious thinking. It may be said that Taoism and Confucianism are two different expressions of the same concept. Taoism takes a mystical approach and, in its original form, advocates inaction, quietness, and passivity, shunning society and returning to nature. Its basic idea is that everything will come out right if people will sit back, do nothing, and let nature take its course. Confucianism, on the other hand, takes a pragmatic approach. It teaches that social order will be maintained when every person plays his intended role and does his duty. To that end, it codifies all human and social relationships–ruler-subject, father-son, husband-wife, and so on–and provides guidelines for all of them. Naturally, this brings up the following questions: How did these two systems come into existence? Who were their founders? How are they practiced today? And what have they done as far as man’s search for God is concerned?

  3. Taoism does not involve martial arts.
    Taoism is the belief that the Universe is alive and is seeking to balance itself at all times. Love and fear. Truth and falsehood. Life and Death.
    Balance is where peace exists.
    Taoism began in the orient. Thats probably why martial arts might be confused with them.

  4. excellent; you are totally on the right track. i started with martial arts quite a few years ago. that created interest in taoism and buddhism. in all religions the better practice is the esoteric rather than the popular/exoteric version, i found. when you look deeply into the esoterica you find that all of the practices are geared toward helping the student cleanse and “perfect” his/her internal energy system. that’s the portion of each human that the acupuncturist works with to aid healing. once that system has been seriously ‘improved’ the person’s internal energy–chi, will become balanced and flow freely. this state is highly desirable . it keeps you healthy, happy, energetic and youthful, and, thus, helps to keep you “better connected to the tao”. this approach has been effective for many thousands of years. so, what are typical practices? classically, martial arts, both hard and soft: shaolin, tai chi, as well as chi kung, reiki, yoga, meditation, etc. but the crucial consideration is making sure that whatever is chosen, a main focus is chi development. i say this because alot of martial arts schools only teach the outer, physical side of things. the true art must concern itself with both inner and outer. esoteric taoism does concern itself with crystals and magic. but, that doesn’t mean you have to if that’s not to your liking. i have worked with both, and when your intent is wholesome, definite benefits arise. a simple approach here is to google: esoteric taoism, and follow your intuition. some resources that i found helpful are the book, the shamballa guide to taoism; and on the magical side, the book: teachings of taoist master chuang, by m.saso. there really is so much available on line and by checking out your local bookstore. do the same for buddhism, especially tibetan. and shinto, once again the esoteric version, is quite potent as well. research carefully, dedicate yourself to your chosen practices, and be diligent. you will never regret it. also of interest to you might be http://www.sahajayoga.com–an online experience of highest quality chi from an east indian practice. and, read *the complete idiot’s guide to toltec wisdom*. that will help you to understand what role the mind plays for either helping or hindering your chi development. and, the site http://www.starchildascension.org might be of interest. best of luck—“mystery within mystery, the gateway to all understanding”( tao te ching)

  5. Have you ever heard the exoression :A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step?” That comes from the Tao Te Ching (pronounced ‘dow-de-ging’), a book attributed to a Chinese sage named Lao Tzu (also Lao Tse). He was a contemporary of Confucius. The Tao Te Ching is not a ‘holy’ book… it has nothing to do with gods, spirits, martial arts, etc. It is basically a way of looking at the universe… or, perhaps more properly, experiencing it. It is more philosophical than religious… it is essentially a ‘paradigm’.
    At some point, people adapted the philosophical underpinnings of the Tao te Ching and made a religion (of sorts) out of it… Taoism.
    The Tao is indescribable… it must be experienced:
    “He who speaks, does not know;
    He who knows, does not speak.”
    Here’s something for you to do. Read the Tao te Ching over and over and over and over. Read 5 or 10 verses a day, in order. Taste them, savor them, try to understand what they mean. As you do this, make marginal notes, recording insights as they occur to you, along with the date of each note. As you repeat the process, you will see that the insights change, get more profound. You will begin to see how they apply to your life. You will end up being a much better person for it. It is a thousand times more useful and meaningful than the bible.

  6. This what Tao is not:
    ~it is not a thing
    ~it is not a sound or any other vibration
    ~It is not divided into parts
    ~It does not change
    ~It can not be diluted or augmented
    ~It has no partner or compliment
    This is what Tao is:
    ~It is one; it is unity
    ~It determines everything
    ~It comes before everything
    ~It is the law of everything
    The clearest, most helpful word I know to use for Tao is “How,”
    because Tao is the principle of how everything works.
    Remember that while it has no form or qualities, it is everywhere, all the time, forever.
    Imagine four levels of infinity: people are infinite in a sense; the earth is infinite; the cosmos is infinite; Tao is infinite. Although each of these four may be infinite in a way, the first three are subject to the next greater one.
    People are dependent on the earth. The earth is dependent on the cosmos. The cosmos is dependent on Tao.
    But Tao is not dependent on anything.

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