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Taosophy.com is a collection of articles, videos, blog posts, and audio clippings curated from the internet, books, magazines and podcasts, that all relate to the concepts that make up Taosophy--a melding of the the basic concepts behind Buddhism, Stoicism and Toaism and visually represented in the melding of the Chinese symbol

Yin Yang(inherent perceived universal duality) and the West African Concept ofDenkyem(adaptability).


Taosophy.com is a constantly growing collection representing an ongoing inquisition whose purpose is understanding self and one’s relation TO, and position IN the world to make better sense of, and a clearer path to self-alignment with things as they are--thus making clearer those things that ARE in our control versus those that are not.

According to the earliest Taoist texts, when human nature is aligned with the rest of nature, order and harmony are the result.  From this perspective, the purpose of self-cultivation is to return to a mode of existence that is natural, but has been obscured by social conditioning.  Repeating certain actions, such as physical exercises, is a way of training the body so that it is free to react in a spontaneous, natural way — the preparation through repetition makes it possible to act, at a certain moment, without thinking, in pure spontaneity (zi-ran). 

Humans can deviate from the natural order.  When they do so, they bring destruction upon themselves and those around them.  Confucian scholars were criticized in the Taode jingfor imposing rules and social expectations.  According to theTaode jing, social mores and threats of punishment cause more harm than good, as they are methods of forcing appropriate behavior rather than allowing it to occur spontaneously and naturally.

http://www.patheos.com/Library/Taoism/Beliefs/Human-Nature-and-the-Purpose-of-Existence

Non-attachment: not becoming enslaved to anything and living without being touched by it or polluted by it. It is living free from the encumbrances of life and the attractions and distractions it has to offer, not passively by running away from them, but actively by developing equanimity and self-awareness.

Attachment means holding on to things as if you cannot live without them or as if your very happiness and existence depend upon them. These are the mental bonds you develop with things and objects you believe are important for you and your happiness.

Your attachments are part of your consciousness. They bind you to the sensory world and limit your vision, knowledge and awareness. They determine your actions, reactions and inactions, your joys and sorrows and your successes and failures.

by Jayaram V,  hinduwebsite.com

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The Meaning of Detachment in Daoism, Buddhism and Stoicism by David B. Wong

D.B. Wong argues that...


Detachment as resilience is more desirable than detachment as extirpation (to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate).

The cost of eliminating special feeling for others simply deprives too much value from human life and arguably deprives life of much of its humanness and that we would be better off preserving special feeling while achieving a kind of equilibrium that is not destroyed by loss.

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Stoicism teaches the development of self-control, strength and perseverance as a means of overcoming destructive emotions and behaviors. This philosophy subscribes to becoming a clear and unbiased thinker by teaching a person to understand REASON.

For the Stoics, REASON meant not only using logic, but also understanding the processes of nature. Living according to reason and virtue, they believed was to live in harmony with the universe and treating everyone in a moral and respectful way. The four cardinal virtues of the Stoic philosophy are wisdom, courage, justice and temperance which are classifications derived from the teachings of Plato.

As a Stoic philosopher described, those who lack the Stoic values of morality and reason because they refuse to live according to reason and accept others as equals are “like a dog tied to a cart, and compelled to go wherever it goes.”

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