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8 years ago  ::  Jun 03, 2009 - 11:14AM #1
woody666
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Here's some more....


I'm a member of The New Taoist Community at sites.google.com/site/newtaoistcommunity - an experimental site for philosophical Taoists, Pantheists, Zen Buddhists, and others with an interest in the fundamentals underlying Taoism to explore the subject and find ways to develop a meaningful communal approach to expressing their beliefs in the 21st century. Why not pay us a visit and have a look at what's happening.
My Taoism blog which includes some posts on this subject nd some good links can be found here... path-of-water.blogspot.com/

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8 years ago  ::  Jul 15, 2009 - 2:18PM #2
Raven.beliefnet.com
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"How does one become a Taoist?"  Simple.  You must have the spirit of the dragon within you.  Just remember: Taoism is the most difficult religion to practice.  In Taoist families, a boy or girl who just turned 13 will partake in the Pendragon, or confirmation ceremony, into which the child reads from the Magna Carta and vows to revere the Gods.  Now in order for you to be a Taoist, you must bring the Tao into your heart.  That's it!

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8 years ago  ::  Oct 20, 2009 - 11:41AM #3
woody666
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Blimey Raven.beliefnet - that's a new one on me. I've never heard that answer regarding becoming a Taoist before. Are you sure you've got the right forum?


 



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8 years ago  ::  Mar 29, 2010 - 8:20PM #4
Quq
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Jul 15, 2009 -- 2:18PM, Raven.beliefnet.com wrote:


"Now in order for you to be a Taoist, you must bring the Tao into your heart.  That's it!




Isn't the Tao already there?  Or do you mean simply learning to recognize that?

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 18, 2011 - 11:09PM #5
Eisenhans
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Jul 15, 2009 -- 2:18PM, Raven.beliefnet.com wrote:

Now in order for you to be a Taoist, you must bring the Tao into your heart.  That's it!



No, to be a Taoist, you must be ordained one.  This is a matter of getting a lineage's attunements -- which is not something people can do on their own.  There are also usually some precepts to take on. 


Otherwise, one is only engaged in wishful thinking or, worse, one's footsteps are on an evil path. 


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7 years ago  ::  Apr 22, 2011 - 4:30AM #6
Mak_jo_si
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Again, it's the westernized Tao Te Ching that screw people up and make them fall into these new agey traps.  These new agers like to make everything seems very easy to self-learn and self-serve to make their path popular and well known.  Just like the trend now is people using open source softwares or just BT some software on the internet and use pirated versions of the softwares.. it's so easy to get and you don't need to pay.  That's it, people don't want to actually pay and they don't want to output anything and they want ALOT in return.  That is why people got this fantacy in their dream about Taoism is free for all.  Tell you what, it was not free from the beginning already.  It's intelligence and wisdom, these aren't for free.  All people put a price tag on them since history of man kind.  If people find the wisdom and you can't, you pay to learn it.

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 22, 2011 - 12:45PM #7
Eisenhans
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Apr 22, 2011 -- 4:30AM, Mak_jo_si wrote:

That's it, people don't want to actually pay and they don't want to output anything and they want ALOT in return.  That is why people got this fantacy in their dream about Taoism is free for all. 



Yep -- that's a good example of crooked-mindedness: the "something-for-nothing" mindset.  Many people want to get, get, get.... without putting in much of anything: little effort, little money, little study, little hard work, few good ideas....


 

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 22, 2011 - 1:07PM #8
Mak_jo_si
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It's more about how school teach nowadays too. People talk about "short cuts" and how to earn big with little money.  Sounds good, but not a good mindset for your life.  You need to know everything must be earn solidly.  For those self-learn western Taoist, they know they are not a Taoist in the deep heart when they look at the Chinese Taoist.  They know that by heart, but it's just hard to accept it again and again because it hurts.  So they suppress it again and again. 

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