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There is no great need for this stuff to be identified or defined. But if it’s going to be then “Taoism”, as it’s called, is best understood as a martial art: practical, first and foremost. What fascinates people about “The Way” is that it’s only really graspable in doing, and doing skillfully.

What does that mean, “only really graspable in doing”? Introduction to Taoism
Make a fist. Open your hand again. Good work.

Now instruct me. I’m another human being with a hand dangling nervously at my side: tell me the way, explain to me how I should operate my hand, how do I make it move? Can you do better than “uh, well, you just – y’know – you just do it… you just mooooove your fingers, see?”, or even less helpfully, “I dunno, it just sorta happens“?

You’re not broken and you’re not stupid. That is actually how it feels to move your hand as a human being. The Way You Make Your Hand Move never occurs to you.

Kaboom. This is what “only really graspable in doing” means.

Thus… “The Way that can be told is never the Way.”
Indeed… “all its definitions are misleading!”

We’re not invoking magic or mysterious otherworldly origins of power here, and we’re not avoiding the question. It is what it is. The Way is unknowable and indescribable – or un-tell-able. And it has absolutely nothing to do with the divine.

Without explanation, you just do it. Inexplicably, The Way just sorta happens, y’know…?

Introduction to Taoism

Work in progress… more coming.

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Teach a man to fish…

Posted by majc in Tao on Mar 27th 2011 No Comments »

Teach a man to fish Give a man a fish…
feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish…
feed him for a lifetime.

Teach a man to teach men how to fish…
well then it’s a party.

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Go planet, it’s your birthday.

Posted by majc in Tao on Aug 21st 2010 No Comments »

Christmas is totally just, like, so 0-2009 AD and stuff. If geologists would work out when Birth of Earth Day should be, we wouldn’t have to only come together on rival holidays, celebrating Jesus’ birthday or Mohammed’s Barmitzvah. Earth

Instead, we could all have an FDA approved, Certified Organic™ and geotechnically accurate science party, wearing biodegradable, carbon-neutral hats made by robots from underprivileged villages in Africa, to celebrate the formation of everyone’s favourite space-boulder.

Whether you’re a wishful thinking Christian, a homicidal Muslim or a big nosed, money-grabbing… er, Buddhist, surely all we banana munching homosapiens can agree that the Earth’s coming into existence, however the fuck it happened, is worth commemorating. And if the exact day is impossible to calculate, then lets just say it was in the middle of the northern hemisphere’s Summer so that the weather is nice has a chance of being nice in England.

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Yin and Yang by FalconNLThere was a young man who said “Damn,
For it certainly seems that I am,
   A creature that moves
   In determinate grooves,
I’m not even a bus – I’m a tram.”

But then the young man he said “Hey,
For I can’t help but feel I could stray,
   I’m willing to bet
   There’s no path which is set,
I feel free and creative this way.”

Today the young man can’t say how,
But it’s clearly one movement, or Tao,
   The truth he’s revealed
   Is a unified field,
So he plays with the way it is now.

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