Tao Te Ching: Chapter 2 (Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English) by DarkOscillators in Taoism

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Build a thing - time will erase it. Build a skill - it will give you countless things. But in our ever-changing world, no skill can stay useful forever. But like a thing has the source, a skill has the source too. The closer we move to the center, the more efficient we become, for this center, is the source of all power.

Life Of A Shaman | Alan Watts | (set to music) A Revolution Of The Mind (58:51) ~ Haunted By The Truth by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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How do we know that objects exist? We can see, touch, hear them.

To do this, we have to catch some force, moving from the direction of an object. Catch it with our eyes, ears, skin.

Once the force is caught, the mind will build a model of its source. And no matter how close we are to this source, we can never crawl out of our mind and touch it. The object is always only a model. What exists, is the force.

What happens when an unstoppable force meets another unstoppable force? This question seems much easier to answer.

Bill Murray gives a surprising and meaningful answer you might not expect. (5:20) ~ Rustbukkit J., 2015-01-01 by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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Unforgiven (1992) - Its a hell of a thing killing a man... (3:19)

You take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have.

The Schofield Kid: Yeah, well, I guess they had it coming.

William Munny: We all have it coming, Kid.

Life Of A Shaman | Alan Watts | (set to music) A Revolution Of The Mind (58:51) ~ Haunted By The Truth by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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For lack of /s/Buddhism I posted this in /s/Taoism, which is basically half of what Zen Buddhism is.

Buddhist Sects by Robin in Taoism

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Plenty of gay and lesbian sects.

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What sects are big in Hollywood?

Buddhist Sects by Robin in Taoism

[–]Tom_Bombadil 1 insightful - 2 fun1 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

The Buddhist population is expected to increase significantly, as a result of the increased sectual activity.

Robin is known as a sects machine!

The Empty Boat by Chuang Tzu by DarkOscillators in Taoism

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Unborn people can't do anything, so they're missing out, in a way

The Empty Boat by Chuang Tzu by DarkOscillators in Taoism

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What are your arguments?

The Empty Boat by Chuang Tzu by DarkOscillators in Taoism

[–]magnora7 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Interesting. I could also argue they're also the unluckiest, because they never get to do anything.

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It is basically like "zen" philosophy and a bit of antinatalism.

The unborn is the luckiest. They are always in the state of perfection; their empty boats are stranded in the land of "voidness".

The Empty Boat by Chuang Tzu by DarkOscillators in Taoism

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An interesting read. Thank you.

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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That's the best kind! :)

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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For short clear unironic wisdom, yes.

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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It is fascinating, but it doesn't detract from the words of wisdom in any way if the back story is different imo

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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I still find it fascinating.

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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I think here it doesn't matter, because it's words of wisdom, not someone's life story.

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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A brilliant quote from Joe Shmoe may be brilliant but when the same quote comes from Einstein it's different. Or Monroe. Or Manson.

Context often matters.

Plato was gay and wrote about Socrates while the Symposium from another voice has different nuances.

Does it matter that part of Anne Frank's Diary was forged? Or who the real Shakespeare was? Or who wrote the Constitution?

It all depends. Sometimes it's moot. Sometimes it's fascinating. Sometimes it doesn't matter.

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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Sure, but the author doesn't necessarily matter

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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Addiss & Lombardo gang representin'

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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Context matters, in quotes, memes, news, and philosophies.

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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Who cares who authored it, the words are either wise or they aren't. That's all that matters

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

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I find it fascinating to consider religions and philosophies where the leader did or didn't author it.

ie. Socrates, Jesus, Buddha - all hearsay.

My Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell is my favourite version, being a little more Western-friendly. by JasonCarswell in Taoism

[–]magnora7 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

I agree the Stephen Mitchell one is much better than many others.

Even just the starting line:

The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao

vs the MIT translation:

The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao.

Here's the full text of the Stephen Mitchell version btw: http://thetaoteching.com/taoteching1.html