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Taoism

yoda_sodayoda_soda Dagobah Explorer
edited March 9 in Meditation

Has Taoism informed your Buddhist practice? If so, in what way? Have you practiced Taoist meditation? More generally, how do you think Taoism can be practiced?

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  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I don't even consider it at all. That is not to say that I don't respect it, or enjoy its teachings, but my total focus is on Buddhism.

  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    edited March 9

    Hi there, nice to meet you. What about you? Are you into Taoism? ... Are you currently practicing Buddhism or meditation? Tell me about you first. =)

  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Dagobah Explorer
    edited March 9

    @Vastmind Nice to meet ya. Yes, I am a Buddhist from the USA. I had my first serious religious experience about two years ago. It involved basically living at a temple, learning from a monk, learning about theory and practice, and lots of other (mostly cultural) things. All of which is to say I've learned how little I know. I could go into more detail. Now that I'm in my "second wave" of religious/spiritual experience, I'm reading widely in my own tradition, other Buddhist traditions, and other traditions entirely. I feel that casting a wide net will enhance my understanding of what I find to be true, or at least give me interesting things to discuss at dhamma gatherings. So I don't have a sense of anxiety about going forth and exploring.

    Vastmind
  • JeffreyJeffrey Veteran
    edited March 9

    I read something from the Tao Te Ching recently in the morning before I shower or in the evening. Sometimes. I have never heard of the meditation instructions from a Taoist teacher though. I've heard lots of Buddhist teachers instructions but never Taoist.

    Have you heard of taoist instructions in meditation?

    I read the Chuang Tzu years ago before I was Buddhist for school.

  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Dagobah Explorer
    edited March 9

    @Jeffrey Yes!

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    @yoda_soda said:
    Has Taoism informed your Buddhist practice?

    If mindful everything informs or empowers our practice

    If so, in what way?

    An obvious way is in the Chi-Kung exercises, which I combine with yoga

    Have you practiced Taoist meditation?

    ... in the walking meditation used in both Buddhism and Tai Chi practice

    More generally, how do you think Taoism can be practiced?

    As part of dhyana/Chan/zen
    http://www.taoism.net/articles/what_zen.htm

  • paulysopaulyso usa Veteran

    @yoda_soda said:
    Has Taoism informed your Buddhist practice? If so, in what way? Have you practiced Taoist meditation? More generally, how do you think Taoism can be practiced?

    1 question,yes.in what way? nature teaches.zen,cousin to dao,pause and look,peace and beauty and love.

    2 question,through zen...the art of being whole and balence...learning throug trial and error.it can be called idiot zen, a zen master laughs--which is dao--or gives me a break?ya...or na... dont know....but hoping the zen master laughs at this idiot savant(it's a theory).

    3 question,through chan-zen. inner and outer unity with the all....dharmakaya,source,empty and full...semantics of finger pointing the moon,far out...cool,eh?

    yoda_soda
  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Dagobah Explorer

    @paulyso Cool.

    paulyso
  • DavidDavid some guy Veteran

    @yoda_soda said:
    Has Taoism informed your Buddhist practice? If so, in what way?

    Yes. I found the concept of Yinyang and Dependent Origination or Interbeing different ways of explaining the same truth.

    They both reconcile the seeming paradox we face with the illusion of seperation and show that ultimately there can be no true opposition.

    Have you practiced Taoist meditation? More generally, how do you think Taoism can be practiced?

    Oddly enough, the styles of meditation found in Taoism are pretty much the same as we find promoted in Buddhism. Mindfulness of breath and visualisation exercises are virtually identical. In Taoism there is also a kind of stance meditation done by standing straight or in a horse stance and there are also forms like Tai Chi.

    Lau Tsu said "I have just three things to teach, simplicity, patience and compassion. These are your greatest treasures."

    yoda_sodaShoshin
  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Dagobah Explorer

    @David Nice, how do you understand interbeing?

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @yoda_soda said:
    Has Taoism informed your Buddhist practice?

    Yes

    If so, in what way?

    The Way (Wu Wei )

    Have you practiced Taoist meditation?

    Sort of...

    More generally, how do you think Taoism can be practiced?

    Wu Wei .... ( which I guess Shikantaza is part of )

    lobster
  • DavidDavid some guy Veteran
    edited March 16

    @yoda_soda said:
    @David Nice, how do you understand interbeing?

    It's a term coined by Thich Nhat Hanh which is meant to incorporate impermanence, dependent origination and the non-self or emptiness teachings. No thing exists without everything else and so all are aspects of the same ever changing process.

  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Dagobah Explorer

    @David Nice.

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