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Old 12-13-2012, 09:17 AM   #24
Cady Goldfield
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Re: Body Type and Spiritual Beliefs

Carsten Möllering wrote: View Post
Buddhism nearly neglects the body, seeing it as one root of illusion. So buddhist spirituality tries to leave the body behind and there are certain ways to vanquish or bear down the body.

In Taoism bodywork is the very first step towards spirituality. Building, developing the body is not only a prerequirement, it is even part of spirituality.
So I talked about a certain shihan who connects his way of bodywork to taoist views.
And once more: If you don't understand or don't like to: Please feel free to laugh at those thoughts.
The concept of "Tao" is found within Buddhist thought, and even powerfully embraced in aspects of certain sects, particularly Zen/Chan/Sun Buddhism. A number of martial disciplines, both old (the samurai) and contemporary (I Liq Chuan) tap into the cultivation of dispassionate awareness that is a hallmark of both Zen and of Taoism.
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