To be a Taoist means many things to many people. To be a practitioner of Contemporary Taoism simply means to have realised that we are all minute parts of an indescribably large Whole (the Tao), and to choose therefore to 'Flow Like Water' and live in a spontaneous, natural manner. This blog is about: Personal Growth / Spiritual Development as guided by the principles of Eastern Philosophy, particularly modern philosophical Taoism; Developing constructive habits and achieving success with minimal effort; Meditation - Taoist, Zen or otherwise. See 'What In Lao Tzu's Name is a Contemporary Taoist?'

Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Origin of Wing Chun

Tuesday, April 26, 2005



In a year and a half to two years me and my girl are moving up to the lovely and warm Northern New South Wales, Australia, where we have a property and house (well, she does!). Here I will practice the humble arts and do as little as possible until I disintigrate into little bitty bits of rapidly dispersing stuff.

Before we move there (from our current home - the busy, smelly, cold-wintered, but indisputably fun Melbourne, Victoria) we will most likely go a-travelling. China. France (her homeland). Ireland (my grandparent's homeland). Wherever.

Time to start a-saving then I suppose. Or applying for bucket-loads of really expensive credit!

... oh the map of Oz linked above isnt that clear so if you are wondering where the hell Victoria is on it then find Tasmania (the island in the bottom right hand corner) and go directly north. Viola!

Supersonic Lamas.

Alexandra David-Neel Article - Mystic and Explorer:

"On the journey they met a strange phenomenon known as a 'lung-gom' runner. First seen as a distant moving black spot, this rapidly changed into a man running towards them at an incredible speed. Alexandra was warned not to stop the speeding lama or it would kill him. When she looked closely at him she could see that he his expression was extremely relaxed and staring fixedly at an imaginary far away object. His steps were as regular as a pendulum, though he didn't seem to run but progressed by great leaps like a bouncing rubber ball. He held a magic dagger in his right hand which he seemed to be using as a staff, though it was high off the ground. Apparently, such runners would carry on this amazing feat for days without stopping for food or water. Alexandra was told that years of meditation were required before undertaking this feat. "

I have read about these before in .... uhhh ... this cool book I read once ... uhhh ... maybe it was called "Way of the White Cloud" but to be honest I forget (details often). It was about some dudes travelling across Tibet .... anyway ... as you were.

Monday, April 25, 2005

The Way of Effortless Action.

'Do Nothing.

Achieve Everything.'

This is the best way to live.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Moose Cafe?

What the hell is Moose Cafe?

Well, it's a massive testament to the hugeness of my ego that's what!

Still a baby site but should grow up to be a fine healthy thang!

oh ... if you are using IE there may be a few design bugs but I will iron these out soon (meanwhile - why are you still using IE??? For goodness sake get Mozilla Firefox already!!!)

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The Little Ideas Form (and my cat)

Had a bit of a hard time keeping my concentration this afternoon during my Sil Lim Tao practice when my cat insisted on going into one of those 'I-want-my-dinner' purring orgasms and rubbing up and down my legs non-stop.

The usual 'Psssst' that sends her packing when unwanted just doesn't seem to work when you are standing (oddly knock-kneed) almost stock still except for one hand slowly unfurling in front of you.

I am, however, pleased to report that I waited her out - by the time I was doing my right scooping-tan (if that is what its called) she had wandered off in disgust...

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Head Space Oracle

If you have time it might be worthwhile to consulte the Head Space Oracle.

It is important to give some of each day over to seeking communion with your higher self, the Head Space Oracle is just one of these ways.

It's free, so kick back and give it a couple of seconds to start.

Its a piece of music by the way, designed to help us all get in touch with the Tao.

You will need to scroll the page down a little for the Head Space Oracle link - peace.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Random finger exercises.

I have no opinions whatsoever. I couldn't give a stuff what happens today, or what anyone thinks of me. I just do what I feel like from moment to moment. If there is a problem, I solve it without thinking. If tomorrow brings a problem, I leave thinking about it until then. I move left with no judgment of right. I move right without thought for left. I type without meaning. I walk with going anywhere. I repeat myself. I say things only once. I am cruel and evil. I am the compassionate one. I have no brains, they fell out. I left them where they were.

Yesterday I was there - now I am here - and what do you care of this? Hopefully - nothing. Much ado about corn flakes.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Big Feet

When I sit at the computer for too long on warm nights my feet swell up.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Tao of Blogs

fuck computers. I just wrote the biggest post ever and thought 'gee ... i'd better save this as a draft...and then 'poof' - it all dissapears...

interestingly the new 'recover post' function did nothing to help. it just refreshed a blank page.

so, again, fuck computers to hell - I'm off to play with the dog or something... pity, it was a long and poetic piece indeed.

Ah well, such is the Tao of Blogs - whatever...

Flow on, Breath easy....everything is nothing....

Chinese Cultural Studies: Pinyin/Wade-Giles Names

Chinese Cultural Studies: Pinyin/Wade-Giles Names

Thursday, April 07, 2005


Chinese Laws of Creativity and Wisdom

back to our theme then shall we!

The people with holes in their heads

The people with holes in their heads

Ok nothing really to do with the theme of this blog ... but shit - this is trippy stuff man!

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Instructions for Sweet Revenge

copy the above URL

go here and pate the URL into the form,

then choose your method of destruction - but definately set it to massive.

I've had it with facists - they have been running the show for too long now. Shame on anyone who voted for either Bush or our own delightful P.M. - hoWARd

Dinosaur attacks and a good egging - that's what they all deserve.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Emei Mountain - Nine Dragon Baguazhang.

Emei Mountain - Nine Dragon Baguazhang.

oh - here is some more Emei stuff...

Emei Mountain Daoism

Three Dragons.Net - San Bao Xuan

My teacher is the 24th Grandmaster of the Traditional Branch of Emei School of Taoism, who now resides in Melbourne, Australia.

This web site is not related to him (that i know of)- he doesn't really spend much time telling stories about his past - too much practice to do!

Monday, April 04, 2005 - Pondering the Big Questions

not bad - includes a taoist section.



"I feel," says Cohen a little later, when we’re alone, "we’re in a very shabby moment, and neither the literary nor the musical experience really has its finger on the pulse of our crisis. From my point of view, we’re in the midst of a Flood, a Flood of biblical proportions. It’s both exterior and interior—at this point it’s more devastating on the interior level, but it’s leaking into the real world. And this Flood is of such enormous and biblical proportions that I see everybody holding on in their individual way to an orange crate, to a piece of wood, and we’re passing each other in this swollen river that has pretty well taken down all the landmarks, and pretty well overturned everything we’ve got.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Tao of Nothing To Say

I know its pretty bad form to leave such huge spaces of time between entries, but I just have been having one of those weeks where I have been feeling contented and happy, busy enough, but kind of taking it easy, and each time I have loaded up a blank blog post page I have just stared at it for ten seconds before moving on (I don't let myself waste a whole lot of time on this blog really - unlike staring at nothing in the back yard - which I can quite happily spend hours doing!)

I guess it's just because this blog is themed - and there are weeks where I simply don't give a stuff about Taoism at all (ironically, these are probably the weeks in which I my accordance with Tao is at it's most spontaneous.)I just haven't been trawling the net for titbits of Tao - what's the point? Once you get it - you get it. And I haven't had anything much to comment on Tao - what's the point - once you've said it - you've lost it.

So essentially - it would be best if I just deleted this entire dumb-arsed blog (Blog - that's one ugly word) and spent the rest of my days staring at nothing in the back yard - it is of more worth.

But in truth - Blog is neither a beautiful word, nor an ugly one. And writing and staring into space are of no more usefullness than each other.

Discourse is a complete waste of time... but having said that ....

Conclusion? Attaching value to anything (actions, things, concepts) serves no purpose . It's all Tao - whatever - bye!

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