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StellaBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 02:45 PM
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Any other Taoists around here?
Just curious.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-26-06 06:49 PM
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1. I have read about the Tao
and saw the movie "Mind Walk", which is based on "The Tao of Physics".
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New Earth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-04-06 08:57 AM
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2. aren't we all Taoists?
:) :hi:
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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-29-06 12:19 PM
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3. Yes
and I'm glad that I found this group. :hi:
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otherlander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-06-06 03:46 PM
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4. I don't think I'd call myself a Taoist, but I'm studying the book.
There's definitley a lot to learn from Taoism. Are some translations better than others?

Glad I found this group. :hi:
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Rob H. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-27-06 11:59 AM
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6. I have a translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English
that's quite good. A friend gave it to me years ago, and in looking through other translations in bookstores I find that I like the Feng and English translation best. Hope that's helpful. :)
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pocoloco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-05-07 10:28 PM
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9. Brian Brown Walker's translation and his
Hua Hu Ching (The Unknown teachings of Lao Tzu) are my recommendations to examine the Way.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 03:40 PM
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10. Thanks for the post;
my hubby is really into studying Taoist teachings. I will ask him if he has heard of this author.
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conscious evolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-13-08 07:44 PM
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13. A very good book the Hua Hu
Changed my life.
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-11-08 02:59 PM
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11. I like Stephen Mitchell's interpretation.
Edited on Mon Feb-11-08 03:16 PM by intheflow
Though the Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English version someone recommended up thread is also quite good. However, I prefer Mitchell's translation because he uses both the masculine and feminine to describe the Tao, and also the human leaders Lao Tzu wrote about. Compare these two passages, for example:

Mitchell
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The Tao is infinite, eternal.
Why is it eternal?
It was never born;
thus it can never die.
Why is it infinite?
It has no desires for itself;
thus it is present for all beings.

The Master stays behind;
that is why she is ahead.
She is detached from all things;
that is why she is one with them.
Because she has let go of herself,
she is perfectly fulfilled.

Feng/English
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Heaven and earth last forever.
Why do heaven and earth last forever?
They are unborn,
So ever living.
The sage stays behind, thus he is ahead.
He is detached, thus at one with all.
Through selfless action, he attains fulfillment.

Both passages say the same thing, but Mitchell does not assume that the "Master" ("sage") is male. So the translation feels more inclusive to me.

Here's another passage when Mitchell uses the masculine as the "Master":

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Colors blind the eye.
Sounds deafen the ear.
Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart.

The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.
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Goldensilence Donating Member (213 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-21-06 11:59 PM
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5. i am a fan of zen
doesthat count...i've been into most schools of buddhist thought. I like the Mayahna(sp) tradition as well.
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-04-06 04:12 PM
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7. Here comes a typical Taoist answer
I call myself a Taoist but I do not follow the Tao. Rather I find that I walk along a similar path to it. Specifically I find much wisdom in the teachings of Lao Tzu. The later assorted ideas that associated themself with Taoism are less to my liking though (ie I Ching et al).
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-04-07 07:49 PM
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8. my faith is a combination of Taoism
and the belief in a personal god/guardian angels that I grew up with...it's like trying to follow the tao, which I also interpret as trying to learn the lessons that my guides are giving me.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-13-08 02:24 PM
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12. I if I were to identify with anything, it would be Taoism.
And like another poster, Stephen Mitchell's translation is what is most meaningful to me.


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