The Three Realizations of Tao: An Overview

Over the course of the next few Patheos blogs, I will be introducing you to the three foundational teachings of Tao. While there are many other important teachings, these are the most foundational, the ones that must be fully understood and integrated into one’s being before true maturity can be achieved. All of them are very simple and can be summed up in three or four-word sentences. Yet, they are also extremely difficult. Anyone can understand them conceptually, as ideas… Read more

Use the Skill of Watching on Your Journey of Personal Growth

It is often said that the journey matters more than the destination. The most important thing you can get from going for your goal is not the achievement of it itself but the greater understanding and awareness of yourself that comes through the process of achieving it. Watching yourself with absolute honesty is the best way to gain understanding about yourself. Watching means developing your ability to see underneath the surface of your own actions and emotions to discover your… Read more

Bowing: A Moving Meditation for Busy Minds

By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about the many benefits of meditation—reduced stress, increased focus, greater emotional control, and more. But how do you take advantage of these benefits if you find it hard to develop a regular meditation practice? The irony is that you need the increased focus that meditation brings, but you don’t have enough focus to start an effective practice! It’s no wonder that so many people start out with the intention of starting a daily… Read more

Playing It Safe: Attachment to Security (Part 4 of 4)

The world does have many dangers in it. Every day, people get into terrible accidents, experience violent crimes, and contract horrible diseases. War is practically never ending on the planet, and natural disasters can strike at any time. Yet, compared to how many previous generations of humans lived, most of us lead relatively safe lives; we live in comfortable homes, have more than enough food, can call 911 in an emergency, and have seatbelts and airbags in our cars to… Read more

The Need to Get Your Way: The Attachment to Control (Part 3 of 4)

Like attachment to recognition, attachment to control begins early in life. When a young child throws a tantrum, he or she is demonstrating this natural impulse in its unadulterated form. The child wants something—maybe a new toy or to do something fun—but the adults are not cooperating. So, the child cries and screams, and maybe even kicking and punching. In the child’s mind, they think, “If I make enough noise and cause enough trouble, they have to give me what… Read more

Grasping for Specialness: Attachment to Recognition (2 of 4)

Of the three forms of attachment, the attachment to recognition may be the one we experience the most from the youngest age. From the time we first became aware of ourselves as separate individuals, when we were still just toddlers, we hoped that other people would notice us and give us attention. “Hey, look at me!” we cried to our parents and family members as we went through the process of interacting with and learning about the world. As we… Read more

Compassionate Non-Attachment: How to Care Without Becoming Attached to Results (Part 1 of 4)

You’ll notice that the discussions on Patheos these days reflect the fact that people have a lot of concerns about the world. They are worried about the latest political trends as people become polarized on the left and right. They are worried about global affairs as worldviews clash in a more connected, interdependent world. They are worried about our shared environment as the planet faces the threat of global warming and pollution. They are right to be concerned since today’s… Read more

What Would Enlightened Education Look Like?

Education as we know it today has done many great things for the world. Any country that has focused on building a modern, high-quality education system has benefitted. These systems create populations that are more skilled, which in turn create economies that is more vigorous and competitive in the global marketplace. In terms of material wealth, modern education in indispensable, and it has done much to lift poor countries out of poverty. But has education as we know it today… Read more

Calligraphy as Energy Dance

In my lectures, I sometimes demonstrate my calligraphy, creating a brush and ink piece on the spot, or I have some of my calligraphic work on display for participants to see. As with the music I present during lectures, I do not do so because I am a virtuoso or a highly-trained master of technique. Rather, it is about demonstrating the flow of energy. My pieces are not the product of meticulous training, but rather are pieces of art created… Read more

The Art of Mindful Eating

Eating is one of the most natural things you do every day. It is something everyone must do, since it is essential to sustaining life. For most of human history, people struggled to find enough to eat every day, but now most people in developed societies have more than enough. You’d think that would be a very happy state of being, but people still struggle with lots of issues surrounding food. Sometimes people feel guilty about the kinds of food… Read more

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