I recently got a question from someone asking advice on “How to deal with crazy people?”
There are all kinds of people in this world. Some people are angels, others are assholes. Most people are somewhere in between. But this spectrum (should we call it the A-A spectrum?) is not all there is to defining [...]
Once when we were visiting Beijing, China my interpreter and I received a call from one of our friends. Mr. Hu was a successful real estate investor who had decided to put some of his gains into his private passion – Taoist and Chan Buddhist studies. He opened a very nice Zen meditation center in [...]
Real Taoist and Buddhist philosophy is experiential. It is a practical method of living in the world. Even if there is a large body of scholarly work and scriptures written about it, at the end of the day, it is a practical method of living.
You cannot just read about it or think about it.
Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism are the “Trinity” of Chinese belief systems. Of those, Taoism is considered the oldest, followed by Confucianism and Buddhism*. Although sectarian debates exist among some of the less enlightened practitioners, those of attainment consider the three as one.
Taoism provides a cultivation path for Immortality, Confucianism for Sagehood, and Buddhism for [...]
The pinnacle of Chinese culture and civilization is their method of self-cultivation. The purpose of this method, called Nei Dan or internal alchemy is to bring you in union with the Tao.
The philosophical foundation of Nei Dan is found in the Yi Jing (I Ching) or Book of Change and the Dao De Jing (Tao [...]