The Tao of Nutrition

‘The Tao of Nutrition’ is a quotes collection I have made from ‘The Tao of Nutrition’ by Dr. Maoshing Ni & Cathy McNease, Los Angeles, Tao of Wellness Press, 2012. Then I narrated the quotes for the audio version. Here are the topics:

—Energetic Properties

—Yin and Yang

—Your Body is the Greatest Healer

—Traditional Chinese View of the Body

—Organs of the Body

—Five Elements

—The Five Tastes

—The Eight Differentiations

—Causes of Disease

—Prevention of Disease

—Guidelines for a Balanced Diet

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Tai Chi Quotes

‘Tai Chi Quotes’ is a quotes collection that I have made from ‘Tai Chi: for a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit, by Hua-Ching Ni & Mao Shing Ni

Los Angeles, Tao of Wellness Press, 2011. Here are the topics:

—Tai Chi and Spirituality

—Tai Chi and Energy Refinement

—Tai Chi and Internal Harmony

—Tai Chi and Qigong

—Tai Chi and Dao

—Learning Tai Chi

—Tai Chi and Self-Healing

—Tai Chi and Energy Absorption and Utilization

—Tai Chi and Rejuvenation

—Tai Chi versus Sports

—Tai Chi and Spiritual Growth

—Tai Chi and Inner Balance

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Hua Hu Ching Quotes

‘Hua Hu Ching Quotes’ is an essay adapted from Brian Walker’s translation of the ancient Chinese wisdom book ‘Hua Hu Ching,’ which is attributed to Lao-tzu. (Brian Walker, Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings Lao Tzu, Self-Published EBook, without publishing date and publisher information).

I have made a quotes collection and narrated it for the audio version.

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Empower Your Spirits

‘Empower Your Spirits’ is an essay adapted from ‘Mysticism: Empowering the Spirit Within,’ by Daoist Master Hua-Ching Ni, Santa Monica: College of Tao, 1992. Here are the contents:

—The Existence of Spiritual Energy 

—Omniscience or Mysticism

—The Integral Way

—The Subtle Spiritual Truth (Tao)

—Spiritual Self-Responsibility

—Nurture Your Spirits

—Prayers and Invocations

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Daoism Today

‘Daoism Today’ is an elaborate version of the article ‘Daoism in China’ that I have written for a major tour company in China. The article is an exploration into the theme of Daoism in China’s history and how this tradition has kept up with the vicissitudes of modern life, to be still present today in mainland China despite the state’s communist ideology and credo. I also explore in this article in how much Daoism today in China is still a philosophy or Way that it was well originally in the olden times, or if it has become a religion, with all the ‘side-effects’ that this implies?

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Sayings of Ancestor Lu

‘Sayings of Ancestor Lu’ is an old Chinese text translated by Thomas Cleary and published in his book ‘The Spirit of Tao (Shambhala, 1998).’ Presenting the author, that he calls ‘Ancestor Lu,’ he writes: ‘Lii Yen (Lii Yan), commonly known in folklore as Lii Tung-pin (Lii Dongbin), is also called Lii Tsu (Lii Zu), or ‘Ancestor Lii,’ in recognition of his place in Taoist history as a progenitor of the School of Complete Reality. In Taoist tradition he is believed to have lived in the T’ang dynasty (618-90 C.E.).

I have taken quotes from the text and present them in this collection, upon which I narrated them for the audio version.

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The Integral Way

‘The Integral Way’ is an introductory article on the subject of Integral Way Consulting which is a form of consulting directed by the spirit. The article addresses basic questions around ancient scholarly Daoism and the concept of the ‘Way’ as a developmental and philosophical idea.

The article also shows the difference between the ‘Integral Way’ to any kind of Western philosophical teachings, most of which are fragmented.

Here are some of the topics the article addresses:
—What is the Dao?
—The 7 Stages of Spiritual Development
—The 8 Principles of Daoism
—What is Integral Spirituality?
—What is Spiritual Sufficiency?
—Daoism and Wholeness
—Daoism and T’ai Chi Practice

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Dao De Jing

Il Dao De Jing di Laozi è uno dei libri più tradotti della letteratura mondiale. È qui presentato in una nuova formulazione che evita deliberatamente ogni commento filosofico e rende il testo in inglese nella sua più semplice e diretta compostezza.

Lo stile di scrittura di Laozi brilla per la sua assoluta semplicità, nella sua volontà di essere ‘linguaggio ordinario’ e di dire ciò che egli pensa nel modo più economico e diretto. Quindi tutto ciò che è puramente ornamentale nella dizione del libro deve essere spietatamente tagliato via in modo che, come se fosse lo scheletro dei pensieri, mentre molte altre traduzioni contengono troppa complessità offuscante nella sintassi e nel vocabolario.

Anche se si segue l’idea più recente che il Dao De Jing è stato scritto da un gruppo di saggi daoisti, e non da Laozi, non è stato il modo dei daoisti di rendere discorsi eloquenti e di scrivere opere accademiche. Contrariamente alla filosofia ellenistica, il Daoismo non era in alcun modo dialettico-speculativo nella sua espressione complessiva. Anche quei saggi antichi si sarebbero rifiutati fermamente di chiamare il libro ‘santo,’ anche se lo spirito che lo attraversa è uno spirito elevato, nobile e religioso.

Nonostante la probabilità che il libro sia stato scritto da diversi autori, oggi è considerato un trattato filosofico omogeneo. Per questo punto di vista parla la coerenza tematica, che abbraccia tutti i campi della vita quotidiana, e che guarda a tutte le espressioni umane con compassione e comprensione.

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Dao De Ging

Das Dao De Ging—auch Dao De King oder Daodejing geschrieben—ist eines der meist-übersetzten Bücher der Weltliteratur. Es ist hier dargeboten in einer Fassung, die auf jeden philosophischen Kommentar bewusst verzichtet und den Text so einfach und prägnant wie möglich hält.

Ob man nun mit neuerer philologischer Forschung annimmt, das Buch sei nicht nur von Laotse, sondern ist von einer Reihe von taoistischen Weisen verfasst worden, lag es nicht in der Natur der Daoisten, lange Rede zu machen. Eines ihrer bekannten Mottos war denn auch ‘Langer Rede, kurzer Sinn.’ Das habe ich hier berücksichtigt, und es wird auffallen, dass meine Übersetzung erheblich kürzer ist, als die der meisten deutschen Sinologen.

Im Gegensatz zur hellenischen Philosophie war Daoismus keinesfalls dialektisch-spekulativ. Auch würden die alten Weisen das Buch keineswegs als ‘heilig’ bezeichnet haben, obwohl der Geist, der aus ihm strahlt, durchaus ein natürlich erhabener, religiöser Geist ist.

Trotz der Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass das Buch verschiedene Autoren hat, ist es doch heute als ein einheitliches philosophischen Gedankengebäude angesehen. Dafür spricht neben dem Wortmaterial die durchgehaltene Thematik, welche alle Bereiche des täglichen Lebens umfasst, und dem nichts Menschliches fremd ist. Ganz besonderer Schwerpunkt wird gelegt auf Führung, Menschenführung und Staatsführung, also Management und Politik.

Die einzelnen Paragraphen erscheinen in diesem Kontext als Ausarbeitungen bestimmter Einzelthemen, doch wird schnell klar, dass es sich hier um Variationen eines einzigen Themas handelt. Das Wertsystem, das durchweg hier durchschimmert, ist erfrischend konträr zu dem der heute führenden großen Nationen. Es ist ein Wertsystem, das das Weibliche ganz und gar umfasst und integriert, das die Natur respektiert, und das den Menschen so nimmt, wie er nun einmal ist. Es ist ein Wertsystem, das dem des Moralismus und der Heuchelei eine volle und deftige Absage erteilt.

Der Stil ist sehr geprägt von Gegensatzpaaren, und Widersprüche sind nicht wegdenkbar, denn manchmal erreicht die philosophische Konzentration des Textes seine Grenzen.

Das haben frühere Interpretationen oft verschwiegen, für mich war es jedoch ein Punkt, der klar offen zu legen war. Philosophie und tägliches Leben können nicht voll und ganz vereinbart werden, denn wenn man das erstrebt, würde man dem subtilen Zweck des Dao entgegenwirken.

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