what tao teaches me

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Not sure what Tao teaches me usually. More a sort of experiential engagement having come at it via QiGong rather than via deep reading. Alan Watts Watercourse Way I enjoyed he seemed to be moving away from Zen and towards Tao but the book was his last and unfinished before he passed so maybe that wasn't the case. Just how it seemed to me. Osho's When the Shoe Fits commentary is another I have enjoyed. Must admit that the American Sinologists leave me cold what bit I have seen so far, highly specialised areas and I just don't have the underpinning knowledge to get much from them. Yang Jwing-Ming is the best on philosophical aspects for me. He gives lots of translated extracts well glossed on ancient Taoist texts but mainly in the QiGong area especially around Embryonic Breathing in his expensive but excellent book QiGong Meditation.
Lessons learnt thus far are that there's never an end to learning more.

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Practicing breathing exercises is not practicing Taoism or the teachings of Lao tzu. Please read the book and see for yourself.

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Which book do you recommend please laotan?

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QiGong Tao wrote:Which book do you recommend please laotan?
That depends on what you wish to learn.
A good translation of Tao Te Ching is Legge's. Unfortunately we don't have good commentaries on this book.
There's also a good translation of Lieh tzu with short valuable presentations by Eva Wong: Lieh-tzu a Taoist Guide to Practical Living.
And of course Alan Watts who captured the spirit of Tao in his splendid book: Tao: The Watercourse Way.

Many wrote books on the Taoism and Tao. Much of them are pure *. You don't have to trust the books that mistaken Tao and Taoim for the Christian ethical philosophy and mythology (God = Tao)). Taoism has nothing to do with Christian religion.
A good introduction to the Tao Te Ching is DC Lau's.

Putting Tao teachings into everyday life experience is described in the Taopage.org's course: Tao Teachings in the Day to Day Life (see the banner at the bottom of this page). This course may be ordered as ebook too which is a very good solution for people who don't want to spend much.

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Many thanks Laotan. Two of those I have but shall buy the others and source the ebook.
I'm a member of the British Taoist Association and keep up to date with Tao Directory as we sometimes use that to pubilicize events A day without learning is a day wasted so I am grateful to you for those recommendations.
Whereabouts are you based?
I rather hope you will reply Laos as we plan to be visiting that country for the first time in late Spring of next year.

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QiGong Tao wrote:Many thanks Laotan. Two of those I have but shall buy the others and source the ebook.
It's not all to have them - you also need to read them and seize their spirit. I was once at the Church to accompany my wife who is a Christian adept. The preacher completed the liturgy with a preaching about our personal projections that must be known in order to free our minds of confusion and see clearly what is. Nobody followed his advice though there were several hundreds tooking part at the ceremony. I think you know what I mean.
QiGong Tao wrote:I'm a member of the British Taoist Association and keep up to date with Tao Directory as we sometimes use that to pubilicize events A day without learning is a day wasted so I am grateful to you for those recommendations.
Why people need associations to practice individual Tao? The ancient disciples followed a master all his life, doing things and living together in the same house inspired by the master skill. What else do we need to follow the tao?

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Birds of a feather flock together so it's good to share with like minded folks. We can help each other on our journey that way perhaps.
BTA organise useful training and retreats here in the UK.
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QiGong Tao wrote:Birds of a feather flock together so it's good to share with like minded folks. We can help each other on our journey that way perhaps.
Birds do so? My cat has a little more to teach me. But she is eager to know of the Tao. She looks in my eyes (really) and asks: what next? Also, do you think that a lame and a blind man can lead one each other to something but a pit (a Cristian quote)? All you need is a master. But how can you recognize a master?
QiGong Tao wrote: BTA organise useful training and retreats here in the UK.
What about a retreat inside yourself? You don't have to leave or go to anywhere. You don't need nobody but you. But who are you?

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RafaelboP wrote:Ive been reading a copy of the Tao te Ching and man it is confusing, I understand the contradictions and how you must think of all the possible outcomes before you go about doing something. Is there more to it?
There's more to it. But you must ask someone to show you what. We have a good beginners guide should wish to study further: http://www.taopage.org/lao_tzu.html

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