Sunrise signifies the beginning of a brand new day, an amazing gift for all of us. We have the power to decide what to do with it, and give it whatever meaning we wish. What is the best way to Continue reading Seize the Day
Question: What is Zen? Answer: “Zen” is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese character “chan,” which is in turn the Chinese translation from the Indian Sanskrit term “dhyana,” which means meditation. Zen, like Tao, cannot be totally explained in words. Continue reading What is Zen?
Misconception: Quite a few people who study the Tao love the idea that the name Lao Tzu / Laozi has the dual meaning of “Old Master” and “Ancient Child.” They feel this is a higher level of wisdom that points Continue reading The “Ancient Child” Fallacy
Question: Derek, do Taoists celebrate Christmas? Should they? Now that the holiday season has arrived, I am wondering if I should inform my friends and family that, due to my personal belief in the Tao, I will no longer be Continue reading The Tao of Christmas
Question: Derek, I am currently studying Tao philosophy with my Tai Chi instructor. I noticed he pronounced “Tao” like “dowel” instead of “towel,” so I asked him about it. He said that was how he learned it from his master in Continue reading The Correct Way to Say “Tao”
Question: Derek, how does the concept of reincarnation fit into the Tao? I would like to understand what you base your belief on regarding this matter, so I can deepen my understanding from your perspective. Answer: None of the early Taoist texts mentions Continue reading Reincarnation and the Tao
Question: Derek, as the holiday season approaches, I find myself facing the fact that I won’t be able to give presents like I always have in previous years, because my personal finance has been severely impacted by the economy. How Continue reading The Tao of Giving
Chuang Tzu Translation and Commentary Laodan was dead. Chin Shih went to his funeral. He yelled three times and then came out. A disciple asked: “Are you not the Master’s friend?” He replied: “Yes.” “But then you mourn him like Continue reading Lao Tzu’s Funeral