Thread: On Humanity
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:52 AM   #4
Cliff Judge
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Re: On Humanity

I understand that Taoist practice would be very concerned with perceiving, interacting with, and being one with reality at an essential level. But I was not aware that the illusory self and the physical body were considered to be a hindrance to this. I've always associated that with Buddhism. I wonder if you or anybody else who frequents taoism.net might have anything to share about that.

Another question is, this passage describes a spiritual progression. First we're like, "dang ego and emotions and stuff." Then we establish some ability to move beyond the confines of our illusory selves and we calm down. Then we're moving back towards the Tao, and eventually we die. What is going on in the background here? What kind of practices are being performed that help move us from point to point in the narrative?
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