Nourishment from Heaven

Chapter 5 of Chuang Tzu is titled “Signs of Real Virtue.” As I read the last part of the chapter, I think Chuang Tzu is talking about Nirvana or another state of ultimate being. He says if virtue is foremost the physical body is ignored. He says. “When the sage reaches the state of living in harmony with the universe there are four characteristics he has no use for because the sage is nourished by heaven”(1) or the Tao. Four Qualities of nourishment The four qualities include knowledge, convention, virtue, and effort. Chung Tzu explains “The sage has no great plans, so what use has he for knowledge? He makes …..

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Compassion Chapter 69

 The Power of Compassion Tao Te Ching Chapter 69 Many times Lao Tzu writes about the generals and war.  This chapter talks about military, enemies and weapons. The military can be our power physical and mental, our enemies are the people and things we feel are against us and the weapons are our words and actions. Lao Tzu is a pacifist,  except when conflict is unavoidable.  In this chapter we see that idea displayed again. To be a Guest  “In using the military, there is a saying: I dare not be the host, but prefer to be the guest I dare not advance an inch, but prefer to withdraw a …..

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Matching Heaven

  • August 10, 2015
  • Harmony
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Chapter 68 Tao Te Ching As we see in Chapters 30 and 31, and elsewhere, Lao Tzu appears to feel that war is sometimes inevitable.  When the war must be fought, he says it should be done with compassion and respect – an extension of the life the sage would counsel in peaceful times. The Best Warriors The great generals are not warlike The great warriors do not get angry Those who are good at defeating enemies do not engage them Those who are good at managing people lower themselves   The great generals and leaders do not seek a fight or war.  They are slow to go to war.  …..

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Tao Te Ching, Chapter 67

  • August 1, 2015
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Three Treasures Three Treasures for the Taoist is a key idea.   The three treasures is a simple idea that encompasses the sage and his guide for living.  Other religions and philosophies have three characteristics they consider important,  Pluto and Aristotle believed that temperance, wisdom, and justice were the most important character traits.  Christians considered the cardinal virtues to be faith, hope and charity.  I am sure  other philosophies have their own key virtues. It is Beyond Compare “Everyone in the world calls my Tao great As if it is beyond compare It is only because of its greatness That it seems beyond compare If it can be compared It would …..

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Go Low to Stand High–Chapter 66

GO LOW TO STAND HIGH Tao Te Ching Chapter 66 In chapter 66 of the Tao Te Chng Lao Tzu used the metaphor of how streams flow down to the rivers and oceans for the idea that people and things will come to a humble person. Kings of a hundred valleys ‘‘Rivers and oceans can be the kings of a hundred valleys Because of their goodness in staying low So they can be the kings of a hundred valleys”(1) “Their goodness in staying low” to me is being humble.  Being humble is not being shy, it is not believing you are less that others.  Humble is a quality of not …..

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Secret Enlightment–Chapter 65– Tao Te Ching

Secret Enlightenment Chapter 65 — Tao Te Ching We should not take every line of the Tao Te Ching as great wisdom.  The wisdom comes from seeing a few line together.  It is better when we look at the full verse.  This chapter is a good example.   Lines 1 and 2 are contrary to what we think is right.  Those of ancient times who were adept at the Tao Used it not to make people brighter But to keep them simple The difficulty in governing people Is due their excessive cleverness  In Ancient Times Let’s look at  what could have been the author’s intent,  Is he really saying keep the …..

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Those who know, Chapter 56 Tao Te Ching

Those who know do not talk Chapter 56.   When I read the first two lines of this chapter I am reminded of some people who seem to talk endlessly about a subject about which they know nothing. At the same time there are people who have a lot of knowledge about a subject and don’t talk about it.  “Those who know do not talk Those who talk do not know”(1)   This is the most often quoted verse therefore people have ascribed many meaning to it. I think this verse is about knowing the Tao . That Is when we know the Tao we do not have to say anything, …..

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Newborn and Sage Tao Te Ching Chapter 55

The Newborn And Taoist Sage Tao Te Ching Chapter 55 We all are aware an infant child is so innocent and free of all the worries of life except for food and physical comfort. Lao Tzu compares a newborn child to being in the Tao. In this chapter he goes from the newborn child in the Tao to old thing not in the Tao. Newborns “Those who hold an abundance of virtue Are similar to newborn infants” (1) A person who embraces the Tao has an abundance of virtue (being pure and innocent) like a newborn baby. The newborn accepts things as they are in the present moment. The baby …..

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Taoist Philosophy and Basketball

    Taoist Philosophy and Basketball   The Golden State Warriors are the number one team in the NBA. There is good reason they are number one. The team has great players with skills of champions and in great physical shape.  The coaches and the fans are the best. They have what it takes to be at the top of the NBA   There are intangibles that make them winners. Although they are not aware of it and not trying to be Taoist It seems to me that they are living with a Taoist philosophy. Living in a Taoist way without trying to be in the Tao is the ultimate Tao. Tao is also called the path …..

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VERSE 54 TO CULTIVATE INTUITION

TO CULTIVATE INTUITION VERSE 54 Tao Te Ching In verse 51 The Tao Te Ching tells us that “Tao give all things life” and “Te gives all things fulfillment”. And some translations the word nourishes is used. This is about Tao and Te and their relationship to our lives. Te translated to English is Virtue or power.  Lao Tzu tells calls it fulfilment in Verse 51. We can use whatever word we like or fits best where Teh is used… I think Virtue and Fulfillment work in this verse.                                                                                                                                             Strong Roots “The thing that is well planted is not easily uprooted. The thing that is well guarded is not easily taken away. If one …..

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