How do you perceive Taoism?
I'm talking about Lao Tse and Zhuangzi's works, not the latter Taoist/Folk Religion/Buddhist amalgams that developed later. I'm very caught up in what is now called "Ancient Taoism", which is based on the thoughts in the Tao Te Ching and other closely related writings of that time.
If you read the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing) carefully, it admonishes that one shouldn't read too much, but implies (to me) that you should somewhat feel your way along, and that's been my path. I haven't picked up the text in two years, although I think it's time I looked it over again with fresh eyes. I think it's very important to have several translation unless you understand the nuances of ancient Mandarin/Chinese, as the specific words used in translation color the text to the translator's bias.
Since a lot of the posts here are about Gaia-type beliefs, I have to ask this - if you consider "God" and the Universe to be the same thing, is Taoism a good fit with your beliefs? Do you feel that the belief that the physicists and Taoists agreeing that matter and energy are just different states of the same ... substance ... is at odds with Earth worship, or is the latter just a different focus on the same thing, more of a localized piece of the whole?
I'd be interested in discussion, if you're so inclined, I'm always eager to learn.
"But I am filled with contradictions- I don't trust anybody who isn't." (Sean Garrison, frontman for KingHorse)