wei xue ri yiwei dao ri sun.In everyday pursuit of learning, something is acquired.
In everyday pursuit of dao, something is dropped.
I've been a follower of the Way since childhood. I've found my refuge in nature and in the quiet places of the earth.I often seemed foolish to others. I've not called attention to myself and kept to my studies. I have been a librarian in a small town for most of my life, and was a Professor of Philosophy before that. I prefer, as did Laozi, the small town where everything is within reach. I have studied most of my life but found formal Daoism just 3 years ago. I began my studies on my own, reading as many translations of the Daodejing as I could get. My favorite translation is the one by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English. I also like the one online at sacredtexts.com by akrishi. He tries to keep the translation as close to the original as possible and provides the Chinese text so one can follow his translation. The last thing I'll say on translations is that I've got it on adobe PDF , I am learning how to chant it and on my own how to translation it. Since I was a language major in undergrad, learning a new language is very much fun for me.
I am an initiate of the Way of Perfect Emptiness. I have studied under Master Ni. I also have my own Master who is teaching me first Tibetan Buddhism (Gelug), then more into Daoism. I have studied Bushido and the religions of Japan. I am also studying Martial Arts, right now Blue Cottage Tae Kwan Do. My Master is a 10th Dan and a Soke in his own right. He invented his own systen, Shin Sin Do. I am just a gup working towards my yellow tip . I suffer from multiple sclerosis and a number of other very painful autoimmune diseases. This is not to excuse but to explain. My master says that anyone-even someone like me-can get a black belt. He has given me four years.
Next month I also begin studying Chinese medicine and Medical OiGong from One of his Masters. As one can see, my mind can work hard, it is just getting my body to cooperate. I just lost my doctor, who treated me for EVERYTHING, even pain control. Now I must look for new doctor. All I've talked to say my case is too complicated for them . Only my meditation and my prayer in front of my altar help me from despair over this situation. But I know that I walk steadily on the Way, Dao will bring a doctor to me. Or if not a doctor, them some other form of treating these diseases ,so I continue my Tae Kwan Do and academic studies.
I am a 47 yr old woman/femme living with her partner in the mountains of WV. I've had progressive MS for over 10 years now. I know that I can do this! May you prosper; may you be in good health; may you live forever!