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  1. Steve

    TTC Chapter 1

    Tao is not emptiness nor nothingness, it is the set of laws that govern the way the universe operates. When you name (classify things) you end up dividing reality into little bits and pieces, therefore the ten thousand things. Nameless refers to not thinking, which is a way of perceiving the eternal, it is getting to the root of things, the beginnings. Desires are an aspect of materialism, therefore those ruled by desires can see only the manifestations. Without desires, which comes way after enlightenment, a person can stop the influence of materialistic wantings. This is referring to the sage, or the magus, who experiences magic as a spectator, without wanting it. The sage can see both the manifestations and the mystery. These spring from the same source. Being desireless, a person can still feel desires, but of a different type than those who are materialistic. Practitioners are motivated by the desire to be desireless, which is like darkness within darkness, and is part of the great mystery of the mind.
  2. Steve

    TTC Chapter 5

    Straw dogs stood at the temple entrance for a certain festival. Everybody was very respectful to the straw dogs, then at the end of the festival, for the grand finale, it culminated with the ritual burning of the straw dogs. Translation: The sage treats people with respect even though he knows that most of them are/will be burning in hell. The space between heaven and Earth refers to living things. They move around and change, and so the shape changes, waxing and waning, but in the bigger picture it's all the same old stuff.
  3. Evidently links don't work here, so you'll need to do a search for Tien Shan Hermitage and then go to the retreats page. www.taohermitage.com
  4. Steve

    TTC Chapter 3

    It is true that non thinking meditation is the key, but thoughts arise sometimes even when one is attempting non thinking. Reflections on ones actions is also natural. Meditation prunes away those who are in denial, because they can't face their dark side, so they quit meditating, therefore they do not become realized.
  5. Steve

    TTC Chapter 3

    That's for sure, and it isn't what I was implying. Here's another way of putting what I said. No one who is into denial will become realized.
  6. Steve

    TTC Chapter 3

    There are different types of desires, there are desires which feed egoism, and there are desires which keep you alive. The quickest path to self realization is via ruthless self honesty. Just kidding, actually it's the only path.
  7. That would be a dream come true, but ... There must be only a handful of people in the whole world who are alive now who is as advanced as Mr. Yueng, and finding one of them, even if i was actively looking, and i'm not leaving the wilderness here, would be impossible. Even then, if I did find one they would probably already have a student. I do get a little info from time to time from some un-named immortal, which may be my guardian, but it's not like going to classes. For me to take on any known available teacher now would be taking a gigantic step downhill ... unless it was in some unrelated art I haven't trained in much, but my focus is on chi kung. Masaaki Hatsumi would be one, but he has/had a gigantic crowd of followers which I would get lost in, and I was spoiled with a lot of personal attention. I just saw a post on FB that said Massaki just died. Does anyone know about this?
  8. How what goes? Trying to find a real student, or using a different browser? Is this forum having problems with links or is it just me?
  9. Thanks, i just trued that and it didn't work for me. I'm using Safari though, so later I'll try it using a different browser.
  10. Yes, I mentioned that in my previous post. they worked when I first wrote the post bet then I returned to check and they didn't work. Do any links work on this forum? Anyway, to see those pages you will need to copy the addresses and then past them into a browser window, or just do an internet search for Taoist Hermitage Ecuador, that should do it.
  11. That is strange, it did the same thing to me too. It must be because I copied it off another forum. I checked these links, and they worked the first time, but do not work on returning to this post. I guess you'll have to copy and paste them into a browser to see them. www.taohermitage.com/index.html www.taohermitage.com/about.html
  12. OK, I deleted the humorous first line
  13. By an amazing fluke of luck, I was given something that is usually only given to a Chinese person who is a family member of the master. In this case, the master was/is an immortal. Due to this, you can be sure that I am one of the few white people in the whole world who has been given the methods used in the hidden Taoist spiritual path, to become one with the Way. I am also one of the only people in the world who is open to teaching the real Way to non Chinese persons who have the right stuff, which is in itself very rare. You know, you’ve seen paintings of dragons holding a pearl. This depicts and immortal holding the pearl of immortality, and yes, some immortals are dragons. It is said that only a brave and determined (and lucky) individual is able to take the pearl from the dragon. So the question is, how does a very rare and semi hidden holder of the pearl find the very rare person who has the guts to take it? Well, that’s why I have a website, which makes me not so well hidden, but close enough for practical purposes. In fact, you can yell it in someone’s face and it stays hidden because they always assume you are lying. Such is the way of the world. See post below for working links, for some reason links do not work in this post. And there is the ‘About’ page, which I just did quite a lot of work on to improve it, which describes what kind of experience is waiting for what kind of person As you can see, only two or three resident students are allowed to stay here. If anyone goes to the trouble of reading the ‘About’ page, let me know if something can use some clarification. Edit: See post below for working links, for some reason links do not work in this post.
  14. Here I thought this was about the fastest path and it turns out to be about women. The fastest paths are taught by immortals and hidden. The master told me, look for what is hidden, and I found it. You can't show it to anyone though or they think you're a liar, or they're just lazy and like to talk.
  15. It requires steady advertising (sharing) in FB and other places, which nets me about $5 per hour for time spent. Hopefully it will eventually start going on its own.
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