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Taoism (tou´îz´em, dou´-) noun
A principal philosophy and system of religion of China based on the teachings of Lao-tzu in the 6th century B.C.

[From Chinese (Mandarin) dào, way.]
- Tao´ist noun
- Taois´tic adjective


Taoism, Chinese philosophical and religious system, second only to Confucianism in its influence on Chinese thought. Its essential philosophical and mystical tenets can be found in the Tao-te Ching, attributed to philosopher Lao-tzu, and in the Chuang-tzu, attributed to philosopher Chuang-tzu. Both date from about the 3rd century BC.

Taoism maintains that the individual should seek only to conform with the underlying pattern of the universe, the Tao (way), which can neither be described in words nor conceived in thought. Through spontaneous compliance with the impulses of one's own essential nature and by emptying oneself of all doctrines and knowledge, one achieves unity with the Tao.

Taoism also developed as a cult in which followers sought internal linkimmortality through internal linkmagic and experimentation in internal linkalchemy. This eventually led to a general hygiene system, still practiced, that stresses regular breathing and concentration to prevent disease and promote longevity.
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Under the influence of Buddhism, Taoist religious groups adopted institutional monasticism and a concern for spiritual afterlife rather than bodily immortality. Taoism was recognized as the official religion of China for several brief periods. In contemporary China, religious Taoism has tended to merge with popular Buddhism and other religions.


When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Legendary Chinese philosopher. Tao-te-ching, bk. 1, ch. 18 (tr. by T. C. Lau, 1963).

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In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Legendary Chinese philosopher. Tao-te-ching bk. 2, ch. 78 (tr. by T. C. Lau, 1963).


As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
internal linkAlbert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born U.S. scientist. Quoted in: internal linkFritjof Capra, _The Tao of Physics_atomjacked inventory cache, ch. 2 (1975).


To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.
Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Legendary Chinese philosopher. Tao-te-ching, bk. 2, ch. 71 (tr. by T. C. Lau, 1963).

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The internal linkdragon of internal linkChaos wore a far more honorable face in the East, where it was known as the Tao. For ancient internal linksages like Chuang-Tzu, the subtle order of natural chaos was rich and bountiful compared to the bankrupt legalism and moralistic strictures of Confucian civilization -- which paradoxically produced the very disorder it wanted to suppress. The Taoists felt that only by tearing down the State of things -- including ordinary consciousness -- could we return to the golden age, the mixed-up harmony symbolized by the wonton (which derives from Mr. Hun-tun, Chuang-Tzu's lord of chaos). If these anarchic internal linkdreams could not be realized in society -- as Lao Tzu hoped to do -- then at least they could be realized in the body, through spiritual and physical practices which would open up the spontaneous chaos within.

- Erik Davis - _Spiritual Chaos?_

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"The East bases its thinking and its evaluation of facts on another principle.  We have not even a word for that principle.  The [right-brain] East naturally has a word for it, but we do not understand it.  The Eastern word is Tao.  My friend McDougall has a Chinese student, and he asked him: 'What do you mean by Tao?'  Typically [left brain] Western!  The Chinese explained what Tao is, and he replied: 'I do not understand yet'.  The Chinese went out to the balcony and said: 'What do you see?'  'I see a street and houses and people walking and tram-cars passing'. 'What more?' 'There is a hill'.  'What more?'  'Trees'.  'What more?'   'The wind is blowing'.  The Chinese threw up his arms and said: 'That is Tao'.

"There you are.  Tao can be anything.  I use another word to designate it, but it is poor enough.  I call  it internal linksynchronicity.  The Eastern mind, when it looks at an ensemble of facts, accepts that ensemble as it is, but the Western mind divides it into entities, small quantities.  The Chinese mind experiments with that being together and coming together at the right internal linkmoment, and it has an experimental method that is not known in the [left brain] West, but which plays a large role in the philosophy of the [right brain] East.  It is a method of forecasting possibilities, and it is still used by the internal linkJapanese Government about political situations; it was used, for instance, in the Great War.  This method was formulated in 1143 B.C."

[Cf. The internal linkI Ching or Book of Changes tr. Wilhelm/Baynes, 3rd edn., introduction, p. liii.]
(Analytical Psychology: The Theory & Practice: The Tavistock Lectures, 1935; Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968).

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The individualist must fulfill his or her genetic predisposition to be a pioneer, and the only way one can do that today is by moving into space faster than anything else.  I think the maverick Seed is included in the internal linkDNA scenario to serve that function in each epoch.  I'm leaving Earth for the same reason my ancestors left Europe: freedom is found on the expanding, pioneering perimeter, never inside the centralized state.  To quote another internal linkZen   _internal linkkoan, "Where is the Tao?" "Move on!"

-internal linkRobert Anton Wilson - _The internal linkIlluminati Papers_atomjacked inventory cache

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A proposal: the new theory of taoist dialectics. Think of the yin/yang disc, with a spot of black in the white lozenge, and vice versa -- separated not by a straight line but an S-curve. Amiri internal linkBaraka says that dialectics is just "separating out the good from the bad" but the taoist is "beyond good and evil" (xref internal linkFriedrich Nietzsche). The dialectic is supple, but the taoist dialectic is downright sinuous.

For example, making use of the taoist dialectic, we can re-evaluate Gnosis once again. True, it presents a negative view of the body and of becoming. But also true that it has played the role of the eternal rebel against all orthodoxy, and
this makes it interesting. In its libertine and revolutionary manifestations the Gnosis possesses many secrets, some of which are actually worth knowing. The organizational forms of Gnosis -- the crackpot cult, the secret society --    seem pregnant with possibilities for the internal linkTAZ/Immediatist project. Of course, as I've pointed out elsewhere, not all Gnosis is Dualistic. There also exists a monist gnostic tradition, which sometimes borrows heavily from Dualism and is often confused with it. Monist gnosis is  anti-internal linkeschatological, using religious internal linklanguage to describe this world, not Heaven or the Gnostic  Pleroma. internal linkShamanism, certain "crazy" forms of Taoism and Tantra and internal linkZen, heterodox internal linksufism and Ismailism, Christian antinomians such as the Ranters, etc. -- share a conviction of the holiness of the "inner spirit", and of the actually real, the "world". These are our "spiritual ancestors."

internal linkPeter Lamborn Wilsoninternal link_Info Wars_

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_Aimless Wandering: Chuang Tzu's internal linkChaos Linguistics_ by internal linkHakim Bey from internal linkFringeware Review 10:12

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Goo - Fractal Abstraction by Goo on Shadow (2000) Negativland - Dispepsi on Seeland (1997)

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In Taoist traditions the internal linkdragon is often deified.  The dragon was the symbol of the Chinese Empire, and among Chinese the dragon is regarded as a symbol of good fortune.

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Taos (tous, tä´os) noun
plural Taos
1. a. A Pueblo people located north-northeast of Santa Fe, internal linkNew Mexico. b. A member of this people.
2. The Tanoan language of the Taos people.

Taos (tous, tä´os)
1. A town of northern New Mexico north-northeast of Santa Fe. It developed as an art colony after 1898 and has attracted many artists and writers, including John Marin and D.H. Lawrence. Population, 4,065.
2. A pueblo of northern New Mexico northeast of the town of Taos. Population, 1,030.

Dennis Hopper made _The Last Movie_ in Taos, New Mexico

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