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2.4.12 Landscape, Soundscape Part 1

I once talked to a woman, just a perfectly ordinary nice LOL, little old lady. And she told me about she'd had an accident in an elevator and she'd broken a leg, and got stuck under the elevator. And she was there for half an hour before anybody could get to us. And...

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2.4.11 Way Beyond Seeking Part 4

Also you get soft. You're not on the qui vive. If you develop flabby muscles because you never get involved in a fight. And so gradually the successful group fails. With the group which managed to obliterate all its enemies will fall apart. So, what are we to do about...

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2.4.10 Way Beyond Seeking Part 3

Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer, who lost a horse, ran away and all the neighbors came around that evening and said, ‘That's too bad.’ And he said, ‘Maybe.’ The next day the horse came back and brought seven wild horses with it. And all the neighbors came...

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2.4.9 Way Beyond Seeking Part 2

But you see however much you mask it under lofty ideals. I mean that the most religious people in the world the greatest saints are the various rascals. I've known lots of them. I’ll tell you in confidence I've known a lot of clergyman. And the filthiest stories I...

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2.4.8 Way Beyond Seeking Part 1

One of the first things which everybody should understand. Is that every creature in the universe that is in any way sensitive and in any manner of speaking conscious regards itself as a human being. That is to say. It knows and is aware of a hierarchy of beings above...

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2.4.7 Philosophy of the Tao Part 4

We, with our purposive minds say, ‘All this is for the purpose of survival.’ Now for the survival of what? We have already defined the entire organism in terms of a purpose for survival. All the parts of a plant are shown to have roles in the survival process. So, ...

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2.4.6 Philosophy of the Tao Part 3

Yesterday I talked to you about the three basic principles of Taoist philosophy. Namely Tao itself, the course of nature. Wu wei, not forcing, in other words, the watercourse character of the course of nature. Te, which is virtue, of the seemingly magical power. Which...

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2.4.5 Philosophy of the Tao Part 2

So in the same way to try and force the issues wears you out. And when you force a lock, you usually bend the key. So you jiggle gently, until you find the right opening. So in the same way, anybody who knows how to conduct business always jiggles the key to find the...

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2.4.4 Philosophy of the Tao Part 1

The subject of this seminar is going to be Taoism as contained in the teachings of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, who Lived approximately four hundred years or more before Christ. Separated probably by one hundred years from each other, as is often repeated. Lao Tzu started...

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2.4.3 Wisdom of the Ridiculous

During the last two sessions, I've been talking to principally about the philosophy of the Lao Tzu book The Tao Te Ching. And now I want to shift today over to Chuang Tzu. This Chuang Tzu, so far as we know. Lived about three hundred B.C.. Maybe a little earlier than...

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2.4.2 Swimming Headless Part 2

A person who has mushin on no mind or no heart in Chinese, is a very high order of person. It means that his psychic center doesn't get in its own way. It operates as if it wasn't there. Chuang Tzu says that the highest form of man uses his shin like a mirror it...

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2.4.1 Swimming Headless Part 1

This morning, I was giving you a talk on the fundamental basic attitudes expressed in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. The title of the book Tao, Te, Ching, introduces now the second word in the title. I've been dwelling this morning on the first word which is Tao. And so...

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2.4.13 Landscape and Soundscape Part 2

Fanciers of Swords could never make up their minds which of the two was better. But certainly they were the on quest and masters. So a group of samurai one day thought, we've got to put this to the test. We think that probably Mr Matsushima is tops. But Mr Yamaguchi...

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