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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Taoism for Meditators - 17dec22

Beware of stupid white men, crafting commentaries of commentaries, without ever having marinated in the eight-one chapters of the Tao Te Ching! For like blind guides, the very method with which they teach the Tao, ignores its tenants.

Lao Tzu’s opus magus is a love letter to the path of yin; warning us of its opposite. That yang’s way of rigidity, fear, controlling tendencies, elitism, competition, and cruelty will (eventually) foil our fondest dreams, while making a reality of our nightmares.

Instead, we are taught to amble down the path of being: flexible, loving, laid-back,

egalitarian, cooperative, and kind as its own reward. But how are we to do that?

By decoding the advice in the fifteenth chapter we learn to dispense with yang’s concentration, mounting upon each inhalation yin’s mindfulness (vulnerable, passive, visceral, and random) and using each exhalation as an opportunity to physically relax and mentally release that we might better go with the flow.

A fringe benefit of the Tao’s passive meditation is that it sets space for our choices, utterances, and deeds to flow from a place of centered spontaneity. This is what the sage inferred when writing that his knowledge of the Tao came from looking within.

Chant six chapters of the Tao Te Ching every twelve hours, and not only could you marinate in the entire book every week but you’ll set the stage that you too could meditate like a Jedi.

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