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, June 30, 2005

Japanese Folktales

Japanese Folktales

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Tao of Rock!

Go here to check out my original music downloads page, fresh with a little sneak preview of the cd we are soon to finish. The first song for free download is "Embrace" (rough demo) and it has very Taoism/Meditation inspired lyrics - in fact I would call it Enlightenment Rock! ;) he he he !


It's all too wonderful - this love that comes cascading down,
Just like a waterfall, it flows like liquid all around.
I'm bathing in the light, I'm swimming in the sweet sunshine.
I know I'll be alright - everything is turning out just fine.

But is was not all that long ago that it all seemed too hard.
The cold winds of life - man! They did blow,
A chill right through my heart.

But now I'm standing on my feet, not shaking on my knees.
I'm 'bad' and 'phat' and 'it's all sweet'!
I'm doin' as I please!
Not shaking on my godforsaken knees!
I'm not weepin' for some Jesus as he bleeds!
Oh no - I'm 'bad' and I'm 'phat'
And I'm doin' as I please....

Shake hands with your best friend,
And say goodnight.
Shake hands with your new friend,
And embrace......embrace......

© Seamus M. Ennis 2000

....mmm, some of the gentle sarcasm seems to get lost in the transcribing of what usually exists in a purely aural zone - but hopefully the 'quote' marks help with that! Go! Click! Download - enjoy! lots more too come!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

The Emerald Tablet

"Its Father is the Sun. Its Mother is the Moon. The Wind has carried it in his Belly. Its Nourishment is the Earth. It is the Father of every completed Thing in the whole World."

The Emerald Tablet

See Also

And further, for a good comparitive essay on the similar concepts found in Western and Eastern alchemical traditions then click away my friend, oh yes, click like a clicky thing!

" ...under Heaven there are no two ways, and the wise are ever of the same heart."

Saturday, June 18, 2005


I suppose it was inevitable...

If you have come here looking for stuff about your favourite music duo, then why not have a look around and get to know a bit about the real concept of Yin and Yang, slightly older than these two handsome young Blingers...Here is a funny cartoon site that explains the concept of Yin and Yang in easy to understand terms. (there is a bit of cartoony waffle near the top that you might like to scroll down past.)

If you have come here to looking for stuff about Taoism then have a laugh at this... a pop group based on the ol' diametric opposition, opposites. One dude dressed in black, the other in white... yee-ha ... but look, shouldn't one actually be white? and the other female?


Tao of Sexology: Sexual Wisdom and Methods

Tao of Sexology: Sexual Wisdom and Methods

Chinese Art Paintings. The Gallery of China for a Chinese Painting

Chinese Art Paintings. The Gallery of China for a Chinese Painting

Friday, June 17, 2005

Tao of Meditation!

Hi - been quite busy flowing on with the Tao of Work (thankfully on cool stuff - not workin' for the Man!)

Like this - Go here and you can now preview each of my meditation tracks, download one of them for free, and maybe even buy them individually as mp3's or buy the whole disc - which is rather .... hmmm ... what do they say in the States? .. oh yeah! NEAT!

Monday, June 13, 2005

History of China

History of China

and more china sites

Sunday, June 12, 2005

"Mindfullessness and the Buddhist Blog"

Zen Unbound's Tom" tells it like it is!

Friday, June 10, 2005

The Wombat

Foundation for Global Community

I wasn't aware there were American wombats - but nevertheless, if you have a particularly stupid friend (or otherwise) who hasn't come to some fairly baisc conclusions yet - then send them this!

.... mmm .... tacos ....

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Contemporary Koan

Here's one that has been puzzling me for ohhh, about twelve seconds now...

Open up a fresh word processing document and type the letter 'S' (or 'P' or '8' or any single character - it doesn't matter).

Now delete it.

Now type it in again.

Is this second character the same as the first?

I mean is it THE same character?

What are typed characters composed of anyway? (ok so this is probably more of a tech question than a koan but anyway ... )

Where did the first character go when you deleted it? Did the first character disappear and then reappear again or did it disappear and then get replaced with an entirely new version of the same character?

Even if this line of meditative enquiry does not lead you to enlightenment, you should at least, after a few minutes, hours or weeks of contemplation, come to the obvious conclusion that I have been a busy little author working day and night on his novels for the last week or so (which is why I haven't been posting much - posting comes in cycles, as does all within the Tao ... maaaan.)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Stop funding your own oppression.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Who’s Who in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911)

Phoenix Art Museum - Secret World of the Forbidden City: Splendors from China's Imperial Palace

Who Links Here