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31 Oct 2007, 11:31 pm

So, a few years ago i read one of the best religious/philosophical texts ever, and i just wanted to know if anyone here thought the same as well.

Are you familiar with the Tao Te Ching ?



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01 Nov 2007, 6:44 am

There's quite a few of us here who are, self included.



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01 Nov 2007, 8:50 am

I d/led a load of translations/interpretations a few weeks ago, and quickly decided the Stan Rosenthal would probably make the best introductory read. Unless someone could recommend or share thoughts on their favourites?



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01 Nov 2007, 12:59 pm

Me too!

I think reading several translations gives a broader base to interpret it from.

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03 Nov 2007, 11:09 pm

Ha ha!! ! Looks like the Tao isn't all that popular..!

I wish i could stand on a mountain and read it's texts to the vast majority!! !



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03 Nov 2007, 11:58 pm

I am going to keep this active!! !



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04 Nov 2007, 2:29 pm

I'll help.

I discovered the Tao through contemporary anarchist circles, which might seem strange to some however the spirit of true collectivist anarchism and Taoism rely on the same key factors so it works for me.

Lao Tsu observed a world of human activity and compared it to natural phenomena, he saved a lot of us a lot of thinking by laying down the foundations which has made stepping ahead with the project of being a 'conscious' human simpler.

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04 Nov 2007, 6:32 pm

Lao Tzu was genius!! He could take his views on life and humanitarism and put them in an easy context for people to understand; granted they ponder his writings.

Have you read any of his kinsmens' text?

Jay (my name too is j)



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04 Nov 2007, 7:37 pm

i respect all budhism (sp) and ALL those eastern religions. what wonderful things they are :)


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04 Nov 2007, 7:41 pm

I have read some later 'taoist' texts, however the obsession with longevity and other very human vanities put me off a bit - I am happy to work from the original wisdoms.

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05 Nov 2007, 10:48 am

Averick wrote:
Have you read any of his kinsmens' text?


In my opinion, Confucius was one of the worst disasters ever to befall the Orient. Conformity and blind obedience is the road to slavery and death.



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05 Nov 2007, 1:06 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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05 Nov 2007, 9:45 pm

Averick wrote:
I wish i could stand on a mountain and read it's texts to the vast majority!! !


So,expound already from the mountain of WP
I'm fascinated by Taoism & the Tao Te Ching & the e ching
but I don't have any time lately
shouldn't even be writing this
RedHanrahan "I think reading several translations gives a broader base to interpret it from."
What's your interpretation?
Go into heaps of detail :D
Peace & love Australia from
(also love yodarisms)


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05 Nov 2007, 10:22 pm

Everything you need to know is there to be learned from nature.

That about sums up what the Tao Te Ching taught me, sorry, peace j


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05 Nov 2007, 11:15 pm

I know that I am, and that is about all that I know. Everything else seems to based on interpretation and perspective. I have recenty permused Taoist thinking, I dont disagree with its philosophy. I have yet to review the book of changes.


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06 Nov 2007, 7:04 pm

One of my favorites:

Quote:
Without going out-of-doors,
one may know all under heaven;
Without peering through windows,
one may know the Way of heaven.

The farther one goes,
The less one knows.

For this reason,
The sage knows without journeying,
understands without looking,
accomplishes without acting.