Hometown: Taylor, TX
June 24, 2013
I read the Tao Te Ching many years ago (in the 1980s). I haven't really studied it, except as part of an Eastern Religions class many years ago.
Don't really remember, the 70s or 80s, I guess.
What draws me back to The Tao is it's connection and interrelationship to nature. Nature is where I feel the best, the most connected to the universe, where I feel most whole, where I feel connected to whatever I believe is essentially spiritual, the "great mysterious."
There are many. I guess, the very definition of the Tao is my favorite. One is Ellen Chen's reference to the Tao Te Ching's reference to the limitations of language.. in "conveying to us the nature of ultimate reality... the Tao Te Ching is unique in the reason why Tao is beyond speech and name. The everlasting transcends the finite not because it is a being than which no greater can be conceived, but because it is cyclical movement or becoming. The everlasting (ch'ang) Tao is thus a verb, not a noun. When forced to give it a name, the sage calls it Tao, the Way or Path." So, it's the rhythm of life, the unity of the polarities of being and non-being.. all of life.. all of nature.. light and dark.
I like Ellen Chen. I also have Mitchell's. I like the way Alan Watts talks about the Tao. I also have Diane Dreher's The Tao of Peace, but I don't care for the way she says, "Tao people do this, Tao people don't do that." It feels too restrictive and judgmental.
I've lived in central Austin 23 years.. California transplant.
Thank you. I really enjoyed meeting all of you. The discussion felt really good--- I needed that.