Friday, April 30, 2010

New Voices Along the Path XIII

It's been a while since I last introduced you to some of the new links added to the Taoist Wanderers section in the right sidebar. So, without further ado:

Advice by Lao Fzu
I offer free Taoist counseling services to anyone who is experiencing challenges in their life, or are just looking to gain a better understanding of the world in which we live. The essence of Taoism is acceptance, balance, harmony and understanding. My counseling services can be a very valuable tool in achieving these goals. (This also is the source of a Daily Quote mailing list.)

Drake Keenan's Journal
This Texan discusses Taoism as it relates to his life as a technical writer and fiction author.

I Ching You Ching
This blog offers articles on philosophy, wellness and transformation. No new posts since late February, though.

Live the Tao
Quietness and effortlessness. Taoist insight that you can apply to your life right now.

Livingiching's Blog
Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom To Shape Your Life.

Mak Ching Yuen's Cool Taoism Blog
This is a very cool blog that I will write about my coolest Taoism journey and it is not about getting old fashion or strict about anything, it’s just pure COOL TAOISM. The old way of Taoism is TOO outdated and yes, this is said by the deities too. So I will be introducing you to the cool Taoism world here, enjoy your visit! (RT: To be quite frank, this is probably the oddest Taoist blog I've run into yet!)

Misha's House
Taoism is considered a religion or philosophy, but really Taoism is a way of living. Tao means Way or Path, Te means virtue or nature and ching means text. The main Taoist text is the Tao Te Ching, written approximately 2500 years ago. I became a Taoist when I read the first chapter of the Tao Te Ching as translated by Ellen Chen.

Practice the Tao
When East meets West… when Lao Tzu wrote down the 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching 2,500 years ago in ancient China, he may not have realised the impact its philosophy would have millenniums later in the West and the newly-emerging profession of life-coaching.

When Julia from Taiwan met Nick from England on a coaching course, they didn’t realise at first that they had a common interest in the work of Lao Tzu. This joint interest soon became a course project. As we explored a few verses of the Tao, we began to see how Lao Tzu’s teachings could be related to personal development and coaching principles.

On this blog we intend to continue this work by exploring one verse of the Tao Te Ching each week. We invite you to join us on our journey and add your own thoughts to deepen our learning. How do you interpret Lao Tzu’s message? And how does it speak to you as a coach?

Tao te Tweet
The Tao Te Tweet is now complete, featuring Twitter-length (140 characters, including spaces) transcreations of verses from the Tao Te Ching. It begins at the beginning, and will work itself in numerical order to the end, hopefully. Since I don't know a lick of Chinese, I have primarily been using the translations and commentaries of Ellen M. Chen (amazing research and depth), as well as the translations by David Hinton (an impeccable translator of Chinese poetry) and Jonathan Star (who has created a grid containing each Chinese character of each verse and its possible translations). I have also used translations by Stephen Mitchell and Red Pine, as well as others included in the links below. But in almost every case, the verse has worked itself into its twitter length through that muse of intuition and rhythm.

The Gaiam Blog
The link features a series of pages which offers quotes predominantly from books about Taoism.

The Tao of Chaos
Thoughts on Taoism, alcoholism, recovery, and life in general.

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