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Old 31-Dec-2015, 03:07 AM
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What books would you recommend for learning practical Taoism/Buddhism?

What books would you recommend for learning practical Taoism/Buddhism? What do you think the practical aspects of these two religions are and how do you apply them to your own life?
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Old 31-Dec-2015, 02:35 PM
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Right now I am reading Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions. It is a bit of a difficult read because many of the words they use are not English. However despite this it does contain more than a few gems.
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Old 31-Dec-2015, 03:25 PM
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I hope you know that Taoism and Buddhism are different religions.

For Taoism I'm fond of "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff. He uses the Pooh Bear characters and stories, which probably everyone is familiar with, to explain Taoism.

For Buddhism I like "Jesus for a Buddhist" by Scott MacPherson. He explains the essential beliefs of Buddhism in Christian language, and the essential beliefs of Christianity in Buddhist language, so that each makes sense to the other.

As for a practical application, I don't know of anything more concrete than the advice of Bill & Ted: "Be excellent to each other." Living the life is both that simple and that complicated.
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Old 31-Dec-2015, 03:40 PM
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For Buddhism.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Buddhism-Pla...words=Buddhism

Practical aspects?

Well our vows and precepts form a type of training then of course there are the meditative aspects. It depends on how deep you want to get and what tradition you follow.
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Practical aspects?

Well our vows and precepts form a type of training then of course there are the meditative aspects. It depends on how deep you want to get and what tradition you follow.
Could you expand on this? I am not intending to become a Buddhist or a Taoist anytime soon, but rather take mundane aspects of each religion and leave out the more mystical aspects.
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Old 31-Dec-2015, 04:43 PM
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Could you expand on this? I am not intending to become a Buddhist or a Taoist anytime soon, but rather take mundane aspects of each religion and leave out the more mystical aspects.
Well simple meditation and such is very useful, it's a lot harder than some think.
Just being able to calm the mind and be in the present.

Then there are the precepts.

I take the precept to abstain from destroying living beings.
I take the precept to abstain from taking things not given.
I take the precept to abstain from sexual misconduct.
I take the precept to abstain from false speech.
I take the precept to abstain from taking anything that causes intoxication or heedlessness.

Now some of those are very hard to keep in today's world but they are not absolute rules. It's about discerning when it might be appropriate to break those for the benefit of others.

So in some ways it's a form of ethical practice.
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Well simple meditation and such is very useful, it's a lot harder than some think.
Just being able to calm the mind and be in the present.

Then there are the precepts.

I take the precept to abstain from destroying living beings.
I take the precept to abstain from taking things not given.
I take the precept to abstain from sexual misconduct.
I take the precept to abstain from false speech.
I take the precept to abstain from taking anything that causes intoxication or heedlessness.

Now some of those are very hard to keep in today's world but they are not absolute rules. It's about discerning when it might be appropriate to break those for the benefit of others.

So in some ways it's a form of ethical practice.
Well there goes my weekend.
On a serious note I couldn't get that link to work. What types of meditation do you recommend?
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Sorry that link was automatic, I think MAP turned the word "meditation" into an ad link or something.

Just start by learning to calm your mind. Our mind will naturally jump around from one thing to another so before you can get anywhere you need to calm and focus it.

At home the most convenient method is probably to do seated meditation on a chair. Posture is very important, make sure the chair is the same height as your knees, keep your feet a step and a half apart.

For the upper body. Extend your spine, lift the chest a little but don't force it out, pull the chin in slightly and let your shoulders drop and relax. Make sure there is a vertical line from the back of your head to your spine and hips.

Take a deep breath and exhale, do this three times.

Up to you if you close your eyes or have them half open.

When you exhale count to yourself "one" and on inhaling "two".

Keep this up exhaling on odd numbers and inhaling on even.

Put your attention on your breath going in and out of your nose, so you can feel it going in and out.

Make sure your breathing is comfortable.

Now you can either count from one to a hundred and start again or when your attention strays, and it will, go back to counting from one again. It depends on you, personally I just focus on my breath rather than counting.

Don't get frustrated when this happens and don't try and suppress any thoughts that arise. Just be aware of them and let them rise and fall.

Meditation can be very hard and ideally you need a teacher because some odd stuff can happen, not to mention the more practical aspects such as proper posture.
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Old 01-Jan-2016, 07:24 PM
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What books would you recommend for learning practical Taoism/Buddhism? What do you think the practical aspects of these two religions are and how do you apply them to your own life?
You can look up Laozi and Zhuangzi in ctext.com translated to England, and if you are thinking about zen buddhism than these texts are also a must.
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I highly recommend David Lynch's "Catching the Big Fish". His working method has been greatly influenced by his more than 30 year TM practice.

https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org...reativity.html
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You can look up Laozi and Zhuangzi in ctext.com translated to England, and if you are thinking about zen buddhism than these texts are also a must.
Sorry, should be ctext.org.
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interesting topic, I'm also looking for this kind of books. I red only "Catching the Big Fish" and it really inspired me.
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Try "Relaxing Into Your Being" by Bruce Frantzis for an accessible and in depth take on Taoist spirituality, and for Buddhism, "Being Nobody, Going Nowhere by Ayya Khema.

Then--go find a live teacher, because like martial arts, to have any value, the ideals must be embodied, not merely understood conceptually--and that rarely happens without a teacher.
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For learning meditation I thoroughly recommend the study society. I believe it is principally Uk based but has groups spread around the world.

I recommend it because they do not profess to have the one true way of doing anything, they practice several different meditative traditions.

http://www.studysociety.org/

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Old 11-Nov-2016, 04:25 PM
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Taoism
Search for Taoism 101
You can also find a PDF of the Nei yeh on line
Books: Dao De Ching, Zhuang Zi, Daozang

Buddhism
There are a few by the Dalai Lama that are not bad, sorry I cannot remember the titles of the top of my head.
And if you can find it
Discover Zen by David Fontana
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