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TSconxtion
post Mar 13 2017, 10:42 AM, updated 2 months ago

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Tao ... Taoism
Sometimes spelt Dao ... Daoism

What are they? Let's discuss here.
1. Your understanding of what Tao and Taoism are
2. Your experiences of Tao and Taoism
3. What you heard from others / read from somewhere .. about Tao and Taoism
4. Various Taoism practices worldwide
5. Is Taoism a religion?

TSconxtion
post Mar 13 2017, 10:43 AM

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First off, something from Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism

Baconateer
post Mar 13 2017, 10:47 AM

Meh..... (TM)
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definitely a religion

here we practice a mix of buddhism and taoism..

but i always consider buddhism to be non-religion..
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post Mar 13 2017, 10:48 AM

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An experience from Vietnam
https://taobabe.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/de...e-taoist-magic/

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post Mar 13 2017, 10:48 AM

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Definitely, the Chinese here mix up both.

QUOTE(Baconateer @ Mar 13 2017, 10:47 AM)
definitely a religion

here we practice a mix of buddhism and taoism..

but i always consider buddhism to be non-religion..
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post Mar 13 2017, 10:50 AM

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Off topic here a bit.

I went China last week and I went hiking on a mountain sacred to Taoist believers. Along the way, a small kid handed me a book which contains some Taoist scriptures.

I have no use of this and it's a bit disrespectful to toss away stuff like these. So if anyone wants it, ping me I can give it to you.
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post Mar 13 2017, 11:06 AM

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Interesting. Which mountain is this?
TQ

QUOTE(pastacarbonara @ Mar 13 2017, 10:50 AM)
Off topic here a bit.

I went China last week and I went hiking on a mountain sacred to Taoist believers. Along the way, a small kid handed me a book which contains some Taoist scriptures.

I have no use of this and it's a bit disrespectful to toss away stuff like these. So if anyone wants it, ping me I can give it to you.
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post Mar 13 2017, 01:25 PM

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QUOTE(conxtion @ Mar 13 2017, 11:06 AM)
Interesting.  Which mountain is this?
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wudang mountain?

I think Tao almost similar to Shinto japan, both side having same gods like Seven Gods of Fortune 七福神
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post Mar 13 2017, 01:27 PM

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QUOTE(conxtion @ Mar 13 2017, 11:06 AM)
Interesting.  Which mountain is this?
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Huashan Mountain
TSconxtion
post Mar 13 2017, 02:25 PM

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Come to think of it, there used to be some great swordsman movies regarding Taoist Wudang and Huashan warriors.
SpikeMarlene
post Mar 13 2017, 02:32 PM

Look at all my stars!!
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A memorable book I read when I was in my late teens, one of my first excursions into the exotic bridge between the physical and spiritual world

https://www.amazon.com/Tao-Physics-Explorat...m/dp/1590308352

Quote from the review,
But the big picture is enough to see the value in them of experiential knowledge, the limits of objectivity, the absence of foundational matter, the interrelation of all things and events, and the fact that process is primary, not things. Capra finds the same notions in modern physics. Those approaching Eastern thought from a background of Western science will find reliable introductions here to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism and learn how commonalities among these systems of thought can offer a sort of philosophical underpinning for modern science. And those approaching modern physics from a background in Eastern mysticism will find precise yet comprehensible descriptions of a Western science that may reinvigorate a hope in the positive potential of scientific knowledge.
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post Mar 13 2017, 04:40 PM

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If Tao is correct, then it is d end game of modern physics.
TSconxtion
post Mar 13 2017, 06:05 PM

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Ehh, your opinion is the complete opposite of @SpikeMarlene's biggrin.gif

QUOTE(empatTan @ Mar 13 2017, 04:40 PM)
If Tao is correct, then it is d end game of modern physics.
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post Mar 13 2017, 06:08 PM

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QUOTE(conxtion @ Mar 13 2017, 06:05 PM)
Ehh, your opinion is the complete opposite of @SpikeMarlene's  biggrin.gif
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TSconxtion
post Sep 21 2017, 11:16 PM

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What language is the book in, may I know?

QUOTE(pastacarbonara @ Mar 13 2017, 10:50 AM)
Off topic here a bit.

I went China last week and I went hiking on a mountain sacred to Taoist believers. Along the way, a small kid handed me a book which contains some Taoist scriptures.

I have no use of this and it's a bit disrespectful to toss away stuff like these. So if anyone wants it, ping me I can give it to you.
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post Sep 21 2017, 11:36 PM

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The Three Stars - Fu Luk Shou - how many of you pray to these deities, or have their figurines in your house?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanxing_(deities)

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post Sep 21 2017, 11:40 PM

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from above wiki

The three gods, their stars and their attributes

Fuxing

The star of Fu (福), Fuxing 福星, refers to the planet Jupiter. In traditional astrology, the planet Jupiter was believed to be auspicious. Alternatively, according to a Taoist myth of the Ming dynasty, the Fu star is associated with Yang Cheng, a governor of Daozhou in Western Han (206 BC - 24 AD). Yang Cheng risked his life by writing a memorial to the emperor to save the people from presenting dwarf slaves as the special tribute to the imperial court. After his death, the people built a temple to commemorate him, and over time he came to be considered the personification of good fortune.

He is generally depicted in scholar's dress, holding a scroll, on which is sometimes written the character "Fu". He may also be seen holding a child, or surrounded by children. He is sometimes conflated with Caishen, the "Wealth God".


Luxing

The star of Lu (禄), Luxing 禄星, is ζ Ursa Majoris, or, in traditional Chinese astronomy, the sixth star in the Wenchang cluster, and like the Fu star came to be personified. The Lu star is believed to be Zhang Xian who lived during the Later Shu dynasty. The word lu specifically refers to the salary of a government official. As such, the Lu star is the star of prosperity, rank, and influence.

The Lu star was also worshipped separately from the other two as the deity dictating one's success in the imperial examinations, and therefore success in the imperial bureaucracy. The Lu star is usually depicted in the dress of a mandarin.


Shouxing

The star of Shou (壽), Shouxing 寿星, is α Carinae (Canopus), the star of the south pole in Chinese astronomy, and is believed to control the life spans of mortals. According to legend, he was carried in his mother's womb for ten years before being born, and was already an old man when delivered. He is recognized by his high, domed forehead and the peach which he carries as a symbol of immortality. The longevity god is usually shown smiling and friendly, and he may sometimes be carrying a gourd filled with the elixir of life. He is sometimes conflated with Laozi and corresponding gods of Taoist theology.

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post Sep 22 2017, 07:14 PM

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Master Jason, hope you dun mind give us some Tao knowledge here. TQVM

QUOTE(JasonAubama @ Sep 22 2017, 10:53 AM)
By chance, I’m a professional Taoist Master inherited from my Grand father & father with cumulative of 100 years service. Need not to worry as long as you’re “clean”, not thinking of any bad intentions. Should need be, you may seek for any religious Sifu for advice!
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post Sep 22 2017, 09:56 PM

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QUOTE(conxtion @ Sep 22 2017, 07:14 PM)
@JasonAubama

Master Jason, hope you dun mind give us some Tao knowledge here.  TQVM
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Thx for invitation!
My late dad is ZhengYi Grand Master 正一道長 for 60 years in service. I’m a freethinker & a professional Cantonese Taoist 廣府喃嘸。
Chinese Government took power in 1949 and banned all religious practices, traditional Chinese Characters, where Commonism is the Supreme Power after all.
The continuity of Tao lies on Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore & some other countries.
As China is influential now & temples located in mainland, they claimed that they are the genuine under all kind of “Entertainment Establishments 娛樂公司”.
I would like to share from Cultural perspective which is neutral in nature & discourage for superstitious.

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post Sep 22 2017, 10:09 PM

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QUOTE(empatTan @ Mar 13 2017, 04:40 PM)
If Tao is correct, then it is d end game of modern physics.
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Tao & Quantum Physic complementing each other. Before we understand the science behind, we called it supernatural. I would like to look at it simultaneously 😅

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