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It turns out when you strip away the religious and institutional covers from the ancient masters like Lao Tzu, Buddha and Jesus, you can see that they figured out how to feel happy, healthy and fulfilled and told us how to do it. The practices they espoused like meditation and prayer are only now being demonstrated by neurologists and neuropsychologists to transform mood and outlook. But just learning to meditate, practicing mindfulness, or learning how to sense and move your energy isn't en ...
 
The Contemplify podcast kindles the examined life through artful musings with scholars, creatives and master teachers. Contemplify seeks to glean wisdom from master contemplatives across the ages (Thomas Merton, Simone Weil, Lao Tzu, Ralph Waldo Emerson to name a few) by those who know them best—the scholars who have devoted themselves to studying, embracing and teaching the contemplative’s life and work in the world. Interviews with creatives and master teachers shine a light forward on eng ...
 
If Lao Tzu then had revolted against the growing artificiality of life in his day, a return to nature must have seemed doubly imperative to his disciple Chuang Tzu, who flourished more than a couple of centuries later, when the bugbear of civilisation had steadily advanced. With chagrin he saw that Lao Tzu's teaching had never obtained any firm hold on the masses, still less on the rulers of China, whereas the star of Confucius was unmistakably in the ascendant. Within his own recollection t ...
 
The classic of the Way and of High Virtue is the Tao Teh Ching. Its author is generally held as a contemporary of Confucius, Lao Tzu, or Laozi. The exact date of the book's origin is disputed. The book is divided into two parts, the Upper Part and the Lower Part. The Upper Part consists of chapters 1-37, and each chapter begins with the word "Tao," or the Way. The Lower Part consists of chapters 38-81, and each chapter begins with the words "Shang Teh," or High Virtue. This 1919 edition name ...
 
The Wade–Giles romanization "Tao Te Ching" dates back to early English transliterations in the late 19th century; its influence can be seen in words and phrases that have become well established in English. "Daodejing" is the pinyin romanization. The Tao Te Ching, Daodejing, Dao De Jing, or Daode jing is a Chinese classic text. The text's true authorship and date of composition or compilation are still debated. The oldest excavated portion dates back to the late 4th century BCE, but modern s ...
 
Written in classical Chinese some time during the sixth century BC, The Tao Teh King or The Tao and its Characteristics is a classical Chinese text that is one of the important keystones in understanding the thought systems of Asia. Though no clear records exist, it is traditionally thought to have been the work of the sage Lao Tzu, the founder of classical Taoism. He is reputed to have been a contemporary of Confucius, though this is also shrouded in mystery. However, many succeeding empero ...
 
The aim of the series is to look at the work of prophets, poets, mystics, and philosophers throughout the ages whose teachings have focused on our divine, or spiritual, reality. The latter is given short shrift in a materialistic age, but humanity has a deep spiritual heritage. Episodes are designed to reveal insights that you can apply to your daily lives. Starting with Season 3, new episodes will be posted on the 3rd Sunday of every month. (Music is used with permission by Randy Armstrong, ...
 
Additional Eye-Opening Programs @ www.OpenandClear.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "Tao Te Ching" Originally by Lao-Tzu - Best Interpreted as "A Book on Purpose" - Reinterpreted by eyes that have experienced beyond the veil of death. Since our host Rev. Devan Jesse Byrne's return from a long deliberate quest to "transcend the world" he brings back inspiring new insights, recognizing this ancient text speaks of the age old questions regarding the purpose of existence, and ...
 
Do you want to stop drinking? Does alcoholism or addiction run in your family? Are you considering how to get sober? Are you seriously thinking about sobriety for the first time being alcohol is controlling your life as never before? Has the idea of a "Higher Power" kept you out of Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12 Step recovery programs? If so, then check out this podcast! In this meeting, a chapter of the Tao Te Ching is discussed every week as to how it relates to recovery. Taoist Philosop ...
 
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Our discussion included acceptance and the life cycle. Everything in our lives at some phase of birth – life- death, etc. The key is to learn to let go of what is dead so we can embrace what is new (being born)! Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com The Way of Chuang Tzu – Thomas Merton https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/MertonChuangTzu.pdf Join our pr…
 
There was once a wise farmer named Oliver who, enjoying the evening’s sun at the end of a summer’s day, watched on as one of his prized horses escaped from his farm. That evening, having heard the news, Jack and Andrew came to Oliver’s farm to express their sympathies. Oliver turned to his neighbours upon their arrival and said, “maybe.” The next d…
 
Sikh writings address many themes, including rejecting the world’s false attachments and waking up to our spiritual purpose. This world is sunk in doubts and vices, but the enlightened can swim across. The one who is woken, the one who is given a sip of elixir, knows the story that cannot be told. Make that transaction for which you came into this …
 
There was once a wise farmer named Oliver who, enjoying the evening’s sun at the end of a summer’s day, watched on as one of his prized horses escaped from his farm. That evening, having heard the news, Jack and Andrew came to Oliver’s farm to express their sympathies. Oliver turned to his neighbours upon their arrival and said, “maybe.” The next d…
 
An excellent discussion of the paradox of uselessness in all areas of our life. A very in-depth discussion on the role of a sponsor and how to be useless in sponsorship. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com The Way of Chuang Tzu – Thomas Merton https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/MertonChuangTzu.pdf Join our private Facebook group and continue the conv…
 
When a person on the spiritual path reaches the Martian celestial sphere, one of three things will happen. For most of us, the scientific materialists among us for example, this part of ourselves remains invisible and simply adds energy to the intensity and passion of our baser emotions. For the spiritually inclined, it will most often open up into…
 
There was once a wise farmer named Oliver who, enjoying the evening’s sun at the end of a summer’s day, watched on as one of his prized horses escaped from his farm. That evening, having heard the news, Jack and Andrew came to Oliver’s farm to express their sympathies. Oliver turned to his neighbours upon their arrival and said, “maybe.” The next d…
 
There was once a wise farmer named Oliver who, enjoying the evening’s sun at the end of a summer’s day, watched on as one of his prized horses escaped from his farm. That evening, having heard the news, Jack and Andrew came to Oliver’s farm to express their sympathies. Oliver turned to his neighbours upon their arrival and said, “maybe.” The next d…
 
An excellent discussion of the second verse of the Tao Te Ching with Sensei Elliston of the Soto Zen Center in Atlanta, Ga. Most of our discussion was about the need for a daily meditation practice and all the benefits – both seen and unseen. Pre-order Sensei Elliston’s new book for January release; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-…
 
In this podcast, we analyse the covid-is-a-hoax movement which demonstrated recently in London, demanding the abandonment of all remedial measures against the global pandemic. We do so primarily by asking the question that we identified in a recent podcast [Grassroots and Astroturf] 'Who benefits from this movement?' The question proves revelatory …
 
Just as the planets in our solar system orbit around the Sun, the mind seems to rotate perpetually around the ego. Observing a mysterious energy that shifts as Earth moves through space, the ancient astrologers developed a map not just of the heavens and their predictable movements, but also of the human personality. Like the repeated pattern of th…
 
An excellent discussion of self-forgetting, losing expectations, and non-dualistic thinking! Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com The Way of Chuang Tzu – Thomas Merton https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/MertonChuangTzu.pdf Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaoPodcast/ or se…
 
In this episode, Zach E. and Buddy C. discuss Chapter 58 of the Tao Te Ching and the Taoist farmer. Is hope really as dangerous as fear? Do we live in a pendulum? When we take an extreme position, do we unknowingly create its opposite? Great Discussion! Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching tha…
 
In this podcast, we investigate why and how socialism has become a dirty word through the operations of propaganda and ideology. This naturally entails giving a characterisation of socialism, which we do, starting with the observation that it isn't one thing and that the word has a range of meanings. We conclude that the ideological war has to be f…
 
The planet Venus represents wisdom and peace and harmony. She also symbolizes beauty, love and relationships. But what do these words mean, really? How do they apply to your life? And is there any significance to these sensibilities and ideas being associated with the second planet from the sun? Astrology is like ancient codex holding the secrets t…
 
An excellent discussion of what we believe fasting from the heart means – Developing that relationship with our Higher Power that gives us a knowing of unity with others and freedom from ourselves. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tao…
 
Misogyny is the hatred of women, practiced only by a few bigoted men. A hatred, which is far from systemic. Sexual and domestic violence are at record lows and continue to decline. Women are entitled to equal pay, positions of power, and bodily autonomy, and these rights and liberties have been enshrined in law and accepted by the general populatio…
 
Zach and I discuss Verse 57 of the Tao Te Ching. An excellent conversation about the strength of vulnerability and how we move from interference to allowance. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaoPodcast/ or search Tao of Our understan…
 
This podcast deals with the A-level 'results' crisis and the protests the government decision to implement an algorithm to determine grades (in the absence of actual exams) and therefore access to university places. This decision brought the inequitable nature of access to the goods of higher education along socio-economic class lines into very sha…
 
Catholic St. Teresa of Àvila reflects on the journey of the soul through the seven mansions of “The Interior Castle.” The soul [like the little white butterfly] “despises the work it did while yet a caterpillar—the slow weaving of its cocoon thread by thread—its wings have grown and it can fly; could it be content to crawl?” St. Teresa…
 
Misogyny is the hatred of women, practiced only by a few bigoted men. A hatred, which is far from systemic. Sexual and domestic violence are at record lows and continue to decline. Women are entitled to equal pay, positions of power, and bodily autonomy, and these rights and liberties have been enshrined in law and accepted by the general populatio…
 
An excellent discussion of freedom and purpose – both have to come from within. Others may think they know what is best for you but rarely do. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaoPodcast/ or search Tao of Our understanding Podcast. Ze…
 
Introduction Resting on our shoulders is the most complex object in the known universe: 86 billion neurons, each connected to 10,000 others. From Plato to Descartes, to the modern-day, philosophers have largely been ignorant of the workings of the brain, despite many questions in philosophy seeming to be intimately linked with its nature. Questions…
 
In ancient Mesopotamia, the Babylonians were among the first peoples in history to decode the secrets of the heavens. Their great god Nabu was believed to be in the form of the planet we now call Mercury. He was the god of literacy, reason, speech and knowledge. Harkening back to these ancient stories, with some help from Jesus, Buddha and Lao Tzu,…
 
An excellent discussion of the first chapter of the Tao Te Ching with Sensei Elliston of the Soto Zen Center in Atlanta, Ga. Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaoPodcast/ or search Tao of Our understanding Podcast. Zen Home Meditation Training https://www.aszc.org/sittin…
 
The Astrological significance of the moon has long been known to be connected with emotions and the subconscious. In this talk we use the Islamic symbolism associated with the Moon to unlock a deeper and more powerful meaning. The moon becomes a pivot point, an invitation to discover your higher self. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out i…
 
Discussion of how wu wei, effortless effort, is a process and what it means to live life in more ease each day. We also related this story to Chapter 48 of the Tao Te Ching and how the prince learned from the experience of the butcher – not from any effort on the part of the butcher. Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! He…
 
Introduction Resting on our shoulders is the most complex object in the known universe: 86 billion neurons, each connected to 10,000 others. From Plato to Descartes, to the modern-day, philosophers have largely been ignorant of the workings of the brain, despite many questions in philosophy seeming to be intimately linked with its nature. Questions…
 
Great to have Zach E. back after the birth of his third child – a little boy! In this episode, Zach E. and Buddy C. have an unscripted conversation about the origins of change. Do we change because of outward circumstances or do we change from within? Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.faceb…
 
In this podcast, we recommend the veteran economist Richard Wolff as a source of accessible and reliable analysis of the current economic situation in the US and beyond and its historical precedents. We explore two main themes, the lie that the US and global economies are thriving because the stock markets are buoyant, and the resonances between th…
 
Astrology explained for the skeptics. This is the first in a multi-part series discussing the origins and practical value of the ancient art of Astrology. Forget fortune telling and soothsaying. Astrology instead represents a roadmap to our best possible self and the happiest potential life. Listen to find out why and how. See acast.com/privacy for…
 
Introduction The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of experience. How do 100 billion neurons come together to bring about a unified, conscious mind, and the rich tapestry of qualities that make up our world? This might be the most difficult problem in philosophy and science. No matter how rich our description of the brain, it seems that …
 
All opposites cause the inverse. The way to the middle is through impartiality - being open to another's ideas and considering their opinion. When we honor others in this way, we can see both sides in light of the Tao. Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaoPodcast/ or sea…
 
This wide ranging podcast flows out of the question of the influence of the USA on the UK and the rest of the world. We outline the nature of US hegemony and its roots in the dollar's status as world reserve currency, in military power, and in soft power. Trump's employment of federal military force in Portland and other US cities is analysed and i…
 
Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran struggled in a material world, but learned to find peace in two different realms. “I once told you that my life is divided into two lives and that I spend the one in working and being with people, the other in the mist. But that was yesterday, for now my life has been unified and I work in the mist, meet people …
 
Introduction The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of experience. How do 100 billion neurons come together to bring about a unified, conscious mind, and the rich tapestry of qualities that make up our world? This might be the most difficult problem in philosophy and science. No matter how rich our description of the brain, it seems that …
 
An excellent discussion of moving past judgment and opinions so we can learn from others and leave room for our HP to guide us. Lots of useful, practical application! Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaoPodcast/ or search Tao of Our understanding Podcast. Meetings durin…
 
The Buddha taught that the cure for suffering was following the Middle Way or practicing Skillful Means. But when you look these up you will often come up with ambiguous or unsatisfying explanations. In this talk, Zebediah Rice explains how to live these principles in everyday life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
The smell of coffee, the taste of asparagus, the warmth of a hug, and the agony of death: conscious experience makes up the fabric of our world, yet many consider it to be the most intractable mystery in philosophy and science. What is it like to undergo experience? What is the function of consciousness? Where does consciousness occur? What are the…
 
In this episode, Sensei Elliston shares his experiences with Zen, beginner meditation, and much more! Lots of useful information! For more information about Sensei Elliston, go to www.ASZC.org. Here is the direct link to Sensei’s free Zen Home Training; https://www.aszc.org/sitting-with-sensei. Meetings during the pandemic; 1 pm EDT Mon-Fri - Direc…
 
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