Ancient Chinese Wisdom in Contemporary times

Friday, April 10, 2009

A quick discourse : Sins in the western Tradition

The concept of "Sin" is very common in the western Tradition. Contemporary interpretation of Sin implies some kind of crime against a divine law, or commiting an evil. However, in the original biblical usage, both the new and old testament, the original word used for sin doesn't have the connotation... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Way of the Secret : Lao Tzu and The Law of Attraction 10

载营魄抱一,能无离乎? 专气致柔,能如婴儿乎? 涤除玄鉴,能无疵乎? 爱民治国,能无为乎? 天门开阖,能为雌乎? 明白四达,能无知乎? Unite your mind and body, can they not seperate? You cleanse and soothe your spirit, can it become as supple and gentle as infant? You purify your perception, can it be flawless? You contribute to your community, can you do nothing?... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Whisper of the Wise: Zhuangzi

《庄子·齐物论》: “昔者庄周梦为胡蝶,栩栩然胡蝶也,自喻适志与!不知周也。俄然觉,则蘧蘧然周也。不知周之梦为胡蝶与?胡蝶之梦为周与?周与胡蝶则必有分矣。此之谓物化。” Zhuangzi once dreamed of himself as a butterfly. In the dream, he was free and happy, and didn't know he was actually Zhuangzi. However, when he woke up, he surprisingly realized he was the Zhuangzi who lay stiffly... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Way of the Secret : Lao Tzu and The Law of Attraction 9

持而盈之,不如其已; (Instead of) Fill water so full it overruns, stop at the right time. 揣而锐之,不可长保。 Forcing something to be hard wouldn't last long, 金玉满堂,莫之能守; Have too much wealth and you won't be able to keep it all. 富贵而骄,自遗其咎。 Become arrogance when you are successful then you'll lose yourself and make... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Way of the Secret : Lao Tzu and The Law of Attraction 8

上善若水。 The Utmost Kindness is like water. 水善,利万物而不争, The water is kind, thus it benefits all things and does not contend with them 处众人之所恶,故几于道。 It stays where people avoid, thus it is almost like the Great Tao. 居善地,心善渊,与善仁,言善信,政善治,事善能,动善时。 Thus (a wise man) stay and bring kindness to the place, his... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Secret to Conciousness

Look at the Yin/Yang diagram in the middle. Notice how the black half seemed to exist alone in the white circle. In the last chapter I asked why is there a need for the black half if the Whole can be just the white. The simple answer is this: There is no way for the Whole to realize it is so without... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Way of the Secret : Lao Tzu and The Law of Attraction 7

天长,地久。天地之所以能长且久者,以其不自生也,故能长生。 The Sky is boundless and the earth timeless. The universal is eternal because it doesn't have the concept of Self, and thus it can grow forever. 是以圣人后其身而身先,外其身而身存,非以其无私邪?故能成其私。 Thus the way of the Saint is this: Put your Self behind others and find it advance, put your... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Way of the Secret : Lao Tzu and The Law of Attraction 6

谷神不死,是谓玄牝。 The (source, god, spirit) that nurture us all is eternal, we call it the Mysterious Feminine 玄牝之门,是谓天地根。 The doorway of the Mysterious Feminine is the source of the universe. 绵绵若存,用之不勤。 It is gentle, it is infinite, use it and it doesn't fail. In western pagan tradition, the Earth Mother... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Way of the Secret : Lao Tzu and The Law of Attraction 5

天地不仁,以万物为刍狗; 圣人不仁,以百姓为刍狗。 The universe does not discriminate, it sees everything as the straw dog. The (wise, sage, saint) does not discriminate, it sees everyone as the straw dog. Straw dog: Ancient chinese make straw dog as an offering to the heaven. It is seen as something with a soul, and the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Way of the Secret : Lao Tzu and The Law of Attraction 4

道,冲而用之,或不盈, 渊兮,似万物之宗。 The Great Tao, learn to use it in its emptiness, then it will never run out. It is infinite, like the source of everything. 挫其锐,解其纷; 和其光,同其尘。 It blunt the sharp, sooth the conflict, diffuse the light, even exist with the dust (most minute). 湛兮,似或存。 吾不知谁之子? 象帝之先。 It is (clear,... Sign in to see full entry.

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