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  1. And glad you added a 'thanks/like' button! Feedback is nice...but even better is just knowing someone actually saw your post, lol.
  2. Did you by chance send an email to recent members, particularly tdb refugee's, who might not be aware of this new location? Going to the old one does not roll over to this one, nor does it give any information as to the new address. Would sure hate to lose anyone who wasn't here over the weekend, and has no other way to find it! Thanks!
  3. No worries And, I disagree with 'creative aspect' as well...unless its stated (or assumed) that the feminine aspect is one -half of the creative aspect. LOL That's the trouble with all these words/labels/names; very limited. To me, all of the feminine/mother occurrences in the DDJ (valley spirit, mother, etc) are metaphoric pointers to Ch1's 'Mystery'... which arises unboundaried with the Manifest in full support. Always there. Supportive. Like a mother. Ch6 The valley spirit never dies; It is the woman, primal mother. Her gateway is the root of heaven and Earth. It is like a veil barely seen. Use it; it will never fail. All this later ties in with the reverting nature of Dao; the symbolic return to the source in every moment; and that's 'symbolic' only because it's not possible to return to where you've never been away from! But, I digress. We're good.
  4. Maybe it's better to say Mother is one half of the creative aspect (not creator). Or, maybe it's better to say nothing at all. Sans MH, I yield to you as the authority on ZZ; primarily as my (limited) read of ZZ obfuscates LZ's perspective. Wonderful analogy btw, of the Zen 3 mountain stages! Thanks for the hand
  5. Starting with DDJ Ch6, the Primal mother is reference to the female aspect, yes. *** Not as the creator aspect as you said earlier (below) ...which I said wasn't in the TTC, and it's not. Some traditions like to think that it is - so it better lines up with their own ideas. It's only a matter of semantics if and when base concepts are understood. Until then, words choices matter, yes? In this instance there's a big difference between 'female aspect' and 'creator aspect'. Warm regards.
  6. I understand that, yes. That ^^ is not in the TaoTeChing... so it would be difficult to use it to compare (as an underlying definition in the TTC) "Mother being the creator aspect" <-- is someone's idea, or someone's (mis)understanding, of the TTC - based on something they read, or a biased TTC translation. Similar examples would be Tao=God; and Te=(moral)Virtue. Kindly allow me to expand on something. Chuang Tsu's Inner and Outer Chapters - is a stand alone body of work. It's not, and never intended to be (imo) an interpretation, re-write or commentary on the LZ. If anything - it's a poke at Confucianism...but David may be able to speak more to this. Oh...MH...we do miss you! (MarbleHead, rip, was an amazing man, the resident Zhuangist over at TDB for decades, died last Feb.) Frankly, I may not be the best one for the manner of comparisons between traditions you'd like to explore. I'm not Taoist. And - I disagree with the most of the forum Taoists' (both religious and philosophical) ideas as to Laozi's intentions, i.e., what he was trying to say. And that's fine, and one of the best things about the TTC imo - there's something for everyone! @david? Give me a hand here, will ya?
  7. Hard to tell, there may be something in ZZ that points to LZ's reference to the valley spirit. Maybe this will illustrate my point... LZ: "There is food in the brick building." ZZ: "I see that you have a car with strong wheels that's good because the roads are rough and in your journeys you'll need some nourishment so if you don't divert too far off the road or stop for too long to visit with strangers on the way you may come across a brick building which is better than a wooden building especially because there's been lots of wildfires lately which is actually a good thing because it clears off windfall naturally and you can drive around the fire in your car with strong wheels and the strangers you may meet on the way can help!" (Leaving it for the reader to deduce he can get nourishment in the brick building) And - my made up example is actually much clearer (in revealing LZ's point) than most of the ZZ chapters. LOL
  8. All I have is the TaoTeChing; and I use the Feng/English translation - which can be found here. We'd need someone that enjoys ZZ to do any LZ-ZZ comparison justice.
  9. Through a preference for complexity over the simple clarity of the TTC. The stories in ZZ are wonderful and can stand on their own merits, imo! And, IF one is already familiar with Laozi's ideas, they can be found buried very deep in ZZ's stories... BUT if one is unfamiliar, LZ's ideas will either be missed or misunderstood. The author of the text quoted in the OP is a good example... of close, no cigar. You can thank ZZ for that. (ZZ=ZhuangZi, Zhuangzi, ChuangTzu,etc; LZ=Laozi, LaoTze, etc...)
  10. Lots of thoughts...but you might not like them. I read the whole thread... and (for me) the difficulty is revealed in this part of your quote in the OP - You see, ChuangTze altered and obfuscated everything in The Laozi (original name for the TTC, before it was changed for political purposes) so using material based on Chuang-Tze's ideas to discuss LaoTsu's ideas (let alone Taoism's ideas) is problematic. The remaining posts in the thread confirm that. Otherwise, I'd love to engage.
  11. Agree, and, that reminds me of Laozi's Ch70- ..... Those that know me are few; Those that abuse me are honored. Therefore the sage wears rough clothing and holds the jewel in his heart. ....... Many parallels all over, just waiting to be seen!
  12. I think it's brilliant, lol. Even today, people go through the motions of what they think they're supposed to do - without understanding the underlying connection; which, if they did, would no longer need to go through the motions. But isn't that the point of organized religions? To keep people 'going through the motions' until they do? In the beginning - that may have had good intentions; today it's more likely just good business. Disclaimer: I've not read the Gospel of Judas, my thought above is based only on the OP.
  13. rene

    My take on Laozi's Te

    That they do, and many Taoists (Religious and Philosophical) have that confusion as well. Easy to understand why though, imo; difficult to sell a path without convincing someone they have to stay on it - so reinforcing the 'confusion', would be of value.
  14. rene

    Not Two Dragons

    Thanks Cheya! And, its up my alley... but it's not the only thing on my street. You know how I'm always saying Both, same time? The 'Not-two' finger points to only half of that. Oh well. LOL Thanks again!
  15. rene

    Not Two Dragons

    Is there a non-facebook link to it? I'd love to see it. Thanks!
  16. rene

    My take on Laozi's Te

    Belated thanks for this, Tom. This: Tao gives us the true perception of the natures of things and Teh instructs us as to their uses. And the right use of things, according to Laotze, lies in the natural and unimpeded existence of every form of life. and this: By the virtue which is not intentional," says the Sage, "even the supernatural may be subdued." Therefore Charity and Duty to one's neighbor are not essential virtues, but simply the accidentals of virtue; and " except a man be perfect he cannot determine their place," says Laotze. are the crux of it; not many see that; glad you do. (-: Warm greetings!
  17. The 'spillover' was the energy contained in, and came through, pit-participants' words out in the rest of the forum. I can tell when a poster is all pissed off.... even if they're smiling and typing about rainbows & unicorns. Maybe others could tell, too. The whole vibe of the whole site changed. It wasn't as loud as a month ago... but it's palpable now.
  18. It might be the difference between minor trolling and major trolling will be clear. Ignore button for minor trolling. Major trolling could be treated like spam.
  19. Obvious trash is easy to take out. Faster than a straw dog.
  20. Right. Welcome to the not-Bums.
  21. We're talking about 2 different things. If someone repeatedly says Jason's a silly goose and needs to wash his head - that's one thing, and doesn't call for moderation. If someone says even once Jason doesn't deserve to breathe and I know where he lives then that person is gone. No warning needed. JMO.
  22. NOOOOO!!!! Unless you want your Mods flooded with posts! Besides- who decides whats stinky and what isnt? You?
  23. Don't care where it is.. but I hope there'd be a small corner somewhere for a Viking thread Glad to hear this. If those buttons caused problems there... that doesn't mean they will at OD. And if my posts get too many 'likes' and that bothers @Joe , well, too bad. He's just gonna have to figure that out.
  24. Thank you for this. I'd not considered this before now. Much to ponder here.
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