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Best Laotzu podcasts we could find (updated August 2020)
Best Laotzu podcasts we could find
Updated August 2020
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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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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
In this episode, Zach E. and Buddy C. discuss Chapter 56 of the Tao Te Ching. In Chapter 56, Lao Tzu not only gives a description of what enlightenment looks like in our actions and attitudes but also what action to take to get there. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; https://ttc.tasuki.org/displa…
 
In this episode, we discuss how fear divides and controls our lives. Instead of being in the moment, we allow our fear to keep us in the past or the future – both keep us from experiencing the solution, which is love! Meetings during the pandemic; 1 pm EDT Mon-Fri - Direct Link: www.DailyRecoveryMeeting.com 9 pm EDT Nightly 7 Days a Week - Direct L…
 
In this episode, we discuss this beautiful poem attributed to Chuang Tzu. We discuss breathe and wind and analogies related to spirituality and letting go. Meetings during the pandemic; 1 pm EDT Mon-Fri - Direct Link: www.DailyRecoveryMeeting.com 9 pm EDT Nightly 7 Days a Week - Direct Link; www.ZoomAAMeetings.com (You must log into a free zoom.us …
 
In this episode, Zach E. and Buddy C. discuss Chapter 55 of the Tao Te Ching. A good discussion of how “the need to know” permeates all areas of life. Also discussed are the similarities between Christianity and Buddhist Zen and the need to know in both approaches to spirituality. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use …
 
In this episode, we study, A Hat Salesman and A Capable Ruler, a writing of Chuang Tzu. Great discussion of how empty our life can be if we place too much value on achieving our goals. Meetings during the pandemic; 1 pm EDT Mon-Fri - Direct Link: www.DailyRecoveryMeeting.com 9 pm EDT Nightly 7 Days a Week - Direct Link; www.ZoomAAMeetings.com (You …
 
This is a bonus episode of a weekly Sponsor/Sponsee meeting between Zach E. and Buddy C. In this conversation, we talk about how we cultivate the Tao in our lives. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; https://ttc.tasuki.org/display:Year:1972,1988,1996,2004/section:54 Link to article and the effective…
 
In this episode, our discussion starts with Chuang Tzu’s, The Useless Tree, and moves to Shel Silverstein's, The Giving Tree. Great discussion of how perceived uselessness can be an asset rather than a liability. We discuss labels, judgment, acceptance, expectations, and other aspects of how recovery related to the useless tree. Meetings during the…
 
This is a weekly Sponsor/Sponsee meeting between Zach E. and Buddy C. with a guest appearance from Craig M. In this conversation, much is discussed, including the 53rd Chapter of the Tao Te Ching. We concluded, in our experience, that meditation was the way to staying centered and not getting sidetracked with pride and ego. Here is a link to an onl…
 
In this episode, we start our study of Chuang Tzu. We discuss the first chapter of the book entitled, “The Way of Chuang Tzu” by Thomas Merton. A good discussion of the potential of love in everyone, when we fulfill the commands of our true nature, rather than those of our ego-self. Download the book we are studying here; https://terebess.hu/zen/me…
 
This is a bonus episode of a weekly Sponsor/Sponsee meeting between Zach E. and Buddy C. In this conversation, much is discussed, including the 52nd Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, and how COVID has brought a realization that Buddy’s level of surrender was much less than he thought - still a lot of yielding to do! We end the conversation with child re…
 
This is the first of hopefully many bonus episodes of a weekly Sponsor/Sponsee meeting between Zach E. and Buddy C. In this conversation, much is discussed, including the 51st Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, being the observer, stopping resistance, making space, acceptance, and much more! Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we…
 
In the 81st Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu describes how a life filled with giving is the most fulfilling. How do I learn to give? By being Empty – empty of our rules, the desire to know, the need to control, ambition, and forcing our needs on others are just a few ways of being empty. We also hear lots of ways of giving other than monetary. …
 
In the 80th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu describes a life of contentment – where our bucket list is made of things we can find within. Turning the light within – not only for disturbances but for our contentment and satisfaction too! What we read here is definitely the result of practice, and many of the gifts recovery brings to our lives. …
 
In the 79th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu describes how the Tao is on the side of those that seek a way to give rather than to get. A good discussion on dealing with lingering resentments that plague anyone that does not take the action of “returning injury with kindness” in any altercation, especially the small ones with those we are the cl…
 
In the 78th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu gives another analogy demonstrating the paradoxical strength of water. We see so much more peace in our lives as we learn to respond like water in our everyday life - an excellent discussion of the similar characteristics of water, love, and recovery. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te…
 
In the 77th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, we think Lao Tzu is giving another description of wu wei but who really knows. There is a place of use and ease when using a bow. A bow is useless if it is not in balance. We discuss how we see a bow relating to recovery and life itself. Can we lower expectations and humbly approach life so we can be more us…
 
In the 76th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu explains flexibility. Anything alive is flexible, pliable, and meek. Death brings rigidity, stiffness, and weakness. Learning to be flexible in everyday life is essential for living undisturbed - an excellent discussion of the application of being flexible. The tender, soft, compliant, yielding, gent…
 
In the 75th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu describes the ways that our attachment, resistance, and other demands keep us from enjoying life. Good discussion on the things we are clinging to and how to let go. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; https://ttc.tasuki.org/display:Year:1972,1988,199…
 
Lao Tzu said much about our response to fear. Our real problem is not the pandemic or any other issue. Instead, our problem is the fear of that issue or problem. Good discussion on the difference between fear and danger. We also discussed how to move from fear to love with the application of the tools of recovery. Books referenced; Letting Go the P…
 
In the 74th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu describes what happens when we try to control the future out of fear. Death is not the issue. Death is coming in all things. Our fear based control in trying to prevent death is the issue and always leads to harm. Good discussion, not only about the fear of death of our natural life but also fear of …
 
In the 73rd Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu describes how the Tao is at ease at all times, accomplishes all, and nothing escapes its plan. Great discussion of how to live in ease and the manifestations of ego and fear in the journey of sobriety. Don’t forget to check out the resources that are listed at the bottom of this description! Here is …
 
In the 72nd Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu describes clear cut guidelines to be happy in this world. These guidelines include respect and acceptance. Acceptance, not only of our circumstances but acceptance of ourselves. Good discussion too! Don’t forget to check out the resources that are listed at the bottom of this description! Here is a l…
 
In the 71st Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu describes the state of “not knowing”. A very good discussion of how having a “not knowing” mind toward all things, starting with our recovery, leaves room for the right answers to show themselves. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; https://ttc.tasuki…
 
In the 70th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu describes the Tao. The Tao is not found by knowledge or excessive effort. The Tao is found by looking within and surrender. We also had a great discussion on the application of powerlessness in recovery and the kind of effort it takes to get sober and stay sober. Here is a link to an online version o…
 
In this episode, we discuss light quotes in the Tao Te Ching and the analogy of lighting a room and how this is similar to our approach to recovery. The dark is not a problem – once we bring light into the room the darkness leaves with no effort on our part. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; https…
 
In the 69th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu explains that the idea of having an enemy is an illusion. We block the salvation we are looking for when we treat others as enemies. When I attack, I am always, always, always, attacking myself – no exceptions! We also referenced “The Tao of Inner Peace” by Diane Dreher. Here is a link to an online v…
 
In the 68th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu described Tao on a graduate level – learning how to compete in a world of competitors - without competing! How to live a way of non-resistance in every circumstance of life. Great discussion on our response when life threating situations challenge our sanity and sobriety. Here is a link to an online …
 
In the 67th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu shows us that love is the dominant force in the universe. We discuss how our Higher Power is love, substituting love for Higher Power in the 12 steps and how love is our greatest protector. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; https://ttc.tasuki.org/di…
 
In the 66th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu uses the ocean’s relationship to all the water of the world. The ocean is the greatest out of the effort to be the lowest, not from force or push. Good discussion! Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; https://ttc.tasuki.org/display:Year:1972,1988,1996,…
 
In the 65th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu reminds us of true Tao virtue (Te) which shows up when we approach life with vulnerability - from the place of not having all the answers, from a position of open-mindedness and not knowing. In recovery, we call this powerlessness. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use i…
 
In the 64th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu gives us both practical and spiritual solutions to the issues of life. Many times these practical solutions like, “handling problems while they are small”, leads us to spiritual solutions like, “paying attention to what others ignore”. We also discussed one of the most quoted sayings from the Tao Te …
 
In the 63rd Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu shows us how to live in ease. There are both physical and spiritual aspects of living at ease that can be overlooked if we depend on effort to bring about our comfort. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; https://ttc.tasuki.org/display:Year:1972,1988,1…
 
In the 62nd Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu shows us that the Tao provides for all indiscriminately and does not take personally anyone’s actions – a good example for us! In return, our lives can unfold in front of us without our pushing or striving. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; https://…
 
In the 61st Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu shows us that if we change our perception, all perceived enemies are really teachers. This does not mean we have to be doormats – it means we can handle any situation without anger and resentment. Humility through yielding (powerlessness) makes this possible! Here is a link to an online version of th…
 
In the 60th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu shows us how to allow negativity to disappear in our lives by simply responding with kindness. Good discussion as to how to allow our lives to elevate to a place of more peace and joy by responding the way we want to be treated rather than taking everything personally and creating a fight out of ever…
 
In the 59th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu gives characteristics of a life where nothing is impossible, even freedom from me! What a surprise, it starts by making room and letting go! Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; https://ttc.tasuki.org/display:Year:1972,1988,1996,2004/section:59 Would y…
 
In the 58th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu describes viewing your life far above good and bad circumstances or valleys and mountain tops. We also discussed the way to influence others – not by trying to change the people around us but by loving them instead and giving them room to find their own way. We also discussed how to and not to respon…
 
In the 57th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu describes living a life of allowing rather than interfering – not only in our own life but also with those that are not following a life lived by spiritual principles. How can I move in my life from interfering to allowing? How do I continue to control, to the detriment rather than for the benefit of…
 
In the 56th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu gives us an example of what “Being” looks like – the highest state of man. Great discussion of learning to live past attachments, profit and loss, honor and disgrace – far beyond the opinions and cares of people. How do we do this? By learning to give more and more in our life until our nature is to …
 
In the 55th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu reminds us how to live a life without disappointment. Is this possible? It is very possible when we lower our expectations and learn to apply the following version of the serenity prayer; "God, Grant me the Serenity to accept the people I cannot Change, The courage to change the one that I can, and t…
 
In the 54th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu reminds us to let virtue grow in all areas of our lives. This of course starts with us learning to look within. Once we start being aware, we can begin to ask, “How can I give” rather than, “How can I get” in interactions with those around us. We discuss several examples in other chapters of the Tao …
 
In the 53rd Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu reminds us that all change starts with us. We also discussed how to stay on “the path” and avoid the distractions that keep us from that higher life of peace and joy we are seeking. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; https://ttc.tasuki.org/display:Ye…
 
In the 52nd Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu reminds us that yielding is strength. Nothing else compares to yielding for strength in any situation. How do we yield? It starts by realizing that we all have that God DNA within us and are all connected. We start to notice God in the little things and that the universe is not dependent on us. Next …
 
In the 51st Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu reminds us to let Life, Tao, God, Higher Power, etc. complete us. The nature of our Higher Power is also discussed and the red flags that tell us when we are stepping in and controlling instead of surrendering. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching that we use in every meeting; http…
 
In the 50th Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu reminds us it is important how we live the dash (-) between our birth and death. A small percentage of people really learn to “practice the principles in all our affairs” or “live a surrendered life” or “die to self” or we “die to live” or any other ways your spiritual practice describes how to die w…
 
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