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TAO STUDY

The Rugged Tao Character and Some of Its Concerns

LoMasterly wisdom may be applied far and wide, but check how well it fits in locally first

Talk NEEDS for reformed thinking and reforms in general aren't all there is.

Bland insider teachings could eventually favour and benefit family living.

If the conditions allow you to have a say and have your own home, go for it before it's too late.

Hidden talents bring on their own rewards, including distress. Final results of talents have to look as if they hold true worth. If they also can be made lovely to look at it would be fine. The artist is capable of looking at this and that from vantage points over and above the immediate situation and circumstances. He can also look at things from above.

Not everyone will be responsive to penetrating insights from outside the status camps.

Look inside your heart for relevant, sturdy, personally fit or applicable clues to meanings and what to do next. Stay reliable to yourself first. Much rests on that, and something rests on sound discretion.

If only group pressure or enforced textbook study makes anyone read Lao, he or she appears to function in some deranged way, and may not get much out of it in the long run.

What is good may be demanding too. Good things are rarely without a price.

To be able to keep things in suspense where the evidence is meagre, may be precious. One had better ponder a bit instead of being outsmarted.

In good books we come across suggestions for evolving some of our own life-skills. Yet it may take a handy to man to recognise another, and the same goes for such suggestions. You resonate to some good ones, hopefully.

Learn to trim off non-essentials, as core teachings usually are more worth remembering, for they can serve us better throughout life.

Try to rely on the best ones you find. According to legend Lao-tzu spent over sixty years in his mom's womb and was white-haired when he finally got out. Could that be a dear sign of life-skills? [Adj 6-12] Llife is in the living all along through its stations and stages and periods, much as Erik H. Erikson shows. [More]

Zen teachings are welcome in the United States and other countries outside Japan. According to Dr. Daihatz T. Suzuki, "Tao is Zen and Zen is Tao". He also taught Horace Reginald Blyth well. But it was hardly very juicy, sexual "tantra". Yet Tao lore has its love-making and love-handling teachings that are interesting to look into to some. [Jc]. Yet, savoury sexual intercourse requires nothing but real interest, basically.

Have time off, also. And the joys of having healthy, tasty meals remains with us if we steer well and have enough command.

Talent in catching musical notes and bringing them into sweet melodies is something delightful that birds share with us."

Throughout life there are possibly ways to filter out negative things and maximise good ones. Buddha advises us to avoid the company of fools in that vein. In order to get rid of bad encounters, many Indian sages of old lived alone as anchorites or settled in nature-close "hermitages", ashrams in not too bad conditions.

LoThere are occasional, staggering sights, and they may cause thinking and wrong efforts unless you gather essentials for the good life, outfit and comrades to trust

BECOMING better centred in truth involves a gain of practical wisdom in the long run. Being good at it makes a difference and can hold good people together. Solid actions count more than impressive words. At times cultural encounters can lead to better views, and far better handling of things, and better dealings in general. Very good ideas can be made use of in practical ways. Adjust so as to stay alive first. That matters. Great simplicity is a good thing for most part; fair moderation too.

Ponder teachings within limits. Basic ideas should profit from neat presentations, core items, and well arranged schemata (a sort of schemes) and being carefully accommodated locally. That means adapted and/or adapted to somehow. ◊

Solvency is a good thing. Get your home and thrive in it, unless you have a sinister need for penance and even getting martyrised.

To look pretty or handsome and marry rich may lead you into a good house and garden. That's one side to life. Also, good study helps many too, and caring for one's valid possessions. Till your old age, save money and assets to be on the safer side if that can be done. Buddha sketches a wider scenario in this. [MORE] Accordingly, be well prepared ahead of the troubled times.

LoBetter schooling often stems from or ties in with detachment, and aloofness is a danger

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UP TO A certain point general counsel can help or assist you. From that point on, you need personal guidance and better schooling, presumably. It could also help to remain uninvolved, if that is fair and fit.

Gist

IN SUM

  1. Great wisdom had better be put to work. It may be done by degrees, and in stages, to fit in locally - not unlike imported plant seeds too.
  2. As you go along, gather essentials for the good life, and outfit and comrades to trust.
  3. Better schooling and the detachment that comes along with it, may work well - depending on what persons settle on, gradually.

IN NUCE Wise folks may not appear to be wise as they gather essentials for living a sound, discreet home life that is true -

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Living Along with Taste

GEORGE DE LA TOUR. SECTION

Humans are allowed methodical study and skilful implementations

Techné is the sort of technology that yields good returns in a life. As for dogmatism, refrain from it. Don't hang yourself if you find you neither likes nor needs the "for-Jews-only crap" of Jesus, for he himself discarded it later in his "non-hedonistic career". The fruit of clever inspections may get you many solid, welcome dinners. One facet of "it" lies in this nudge: The search for pearls often goes on under the surface, where there are dangers for inexperienced ones in particular.

Learn to test out things carefully before you invest much in them; that is basic in science too. But there is more to science than that. One way that Albert Einstein favoured and openly admitted he used to fid out many of his best ideas, is called thought experiment, Gedanken experiment. It serves and is used as complementary to methodical explorations otherwise.

To reach up to savoury theories, consider many experiences. You can apply measures (width socially, or as to phenomena per se, depth in time) that suits the challenge confronting yo and the best outcomes (including understanding and theory) you are after. You can have it in both ways too.

Professional angling had better be healthy. Also, one usually has to take many things into account. Consider with bland fairness and balance into it.

Quite precious is the sort of studies and surveys that pay lots of interest later. You should not believe a teacher or teaching blindly, says Buddha, but consider assertions and claims as carefully as you are up to at any time.

Good sayings may sum up research findings, professional outlooks and theories, and may include lessons of ages in the form of study keynotes and savoury proverbs and are preferably to be systematised.

Adhere to you heart if you can find it

Basically, you do not need to read a single period of the Bible to be one of the good and healty guys and not a schmuck. And we do not really need Jesus if we are well inside. He says it himself [Matthew 9:11; Mark 2;17; Luke 5:31-32].

It seems to me that Jesus was rather out of tune with the Law of Moses that was given by the one he claimed was his father. And the efforts of Jesus were meagre compared to the commands and punishments of the Law - consider carefully his odds of succeeding. He broke basics that Jews claimed were instituted by God, and Jesus was executed for claiming to be God - may you be reminded of Jewish thinking in the matter, that trying to be equal to God was his error.

Anyway, what a poor way of saving Jews, you may add. Further, those who claim the supremacy of vicarious sacrifice, may be marked by notorious lack of fair play - or by hard, psychotic Games (hanky-pankies), unfortunately. The fisherman may come by stealth; the law-adorned misleading agent of cults and the like may come by stealth too.

Very many basic and rather essential teachings of Hindus and Buddhists are higher than those of "God in the Bible". For example, Buddhism teaches us to plod on in a well-rounded, balanced way and get benefits on each stage throughout the long span we call life. That is a balanced view, and one that helps you remain. To become like a babe marked by lack of control and being subjected, is gospelic, though.

After growing up from kindergarden interests, man tends to get somewhat more oriented by such as reading and writing.

In untoward conditions

Beset by fools and exploitative others, be somewhat reserved so as to spare yourself more. Stress and lack of significant rest causes too early deaths for many, and not just ill-health. Have tactful encounters and find a way out from dealing with and living with vile, merciless people. Avoid the company of fools, says Buddha in a connected vein.

Servility is not needed according to Gautama Buddha's teachings, but heartfelt appreciation and deep understanding is fit.

To be well versed and smart can pay. Also, you may train yourself by stages to stick to decent, workable standard know-how in foreign terrain, and refrain from discarding good evidence, if you are not infirm.

You should learn to dive inside yourself and profit from what you come across, even after killing your brother. According to basic Buddhist thinking, much bad can be counteracted by good deeds that are accomplished, that build merits. And there is excellent counsel on how to do it. It should be best to find a fit road and refrain from killing and other bad sides to life, but if unward things have been done, try and redress the errors and lead a good life. Hopefully you may find a way out then. That is much of what is meant.

Otherwise, decent accomplishments are very often marked by ease and joy. More has to go into good living also. Remained properly attuned and stretch a little, make educator funds for the less fortunate, and so on.

Avoid believing, for it means putting trust in hearsay, which is often false

Significant, wisdom can work better than bookish learning and book-keeping. Apt wisdom often helps us to go on and preserve much to appreciate.

At bottom much depends on how you are, and that is likely to get expressed in vital areas of your daily living: it is not what you profess or a vain and sallow faith - but how you really are, what standards you live Such things may matter the most. Feel free to make use of practical implementations of cream teachings even to the point that if you don't like theory, you can skip it to make stepwise use of the proper procedures they tie in with all the same. This procedure is regularly adhered to in Buddhism. You do not have to believe, but being methodical, wise, and skilful is needed.

Basic Buddhist standards side with that stand, and exist for becoming better fit and also happy. Buddha was humourous and warm-hearted, we are told, too. Happy people can smile and mean it. After Cain had misbehaved, one sign was his lack of gladness. That's what is the Bible.

Have taste to ease your life

There is no accounting about tastes. (American proverb, [Ap 153]).

Regardless of that proverb, cultivate what taste you have. The German-British psychologist Hans Eysenck (1916-97) verified the factor "taste" to be a statistically valid one. According to that and unknown to so many people, (good) taste is a factor to be reckoned with. At he time of his death, Eysenck was the living psychologist most frequently cited in science journals. And to repeat, that "grand old man" in European psychometry among other things lays bare that taste is a factor to be reckoned with [Pata 71-102].

Aesthetic appreciation may be understood as a general, quite objective factor that is largely independent of individualt taste, and which is at bottom of so-called good taste as well. Studying the taste factor, Eysenck finds that extroverts tend to prefer bright, modern pictures, introverts tend to prefer older, less colourful pictures [Api 90-92]

Extrovert (opposite to introvert): In popular usage it means an outward-turned or outgoing, gregarious person; a person characterized by extroversion. Someone primarily turned outward or to things outside of oneself and not that much with one's own thoughts and feelings.

Extrovert persons tend to be comparatively more outgoing, talkative and energetic in the outward spheres, whereas introverts usually act in more reserved and solitary ways. The American society is said to be an extrovert one - although there are differences among Americans too.

More stringently, and in step with Carl G. Jung's use of the terms, an extrovert is energized by being around other people, wheras an introvert is energized by being alone. [Cf. WP, "Extraversion and introversion"]

Cultural factors do not seem to influence judgements of 'beauty'. The factor of aesthetic sensitivity is indeed general. [Api 98-99]

Good art can serve deep facts of living. There is one art of good customs and another for the bridegroom, and so on. Living well means a whole lot. There is much to master. Not to seek to appear holy-looking can help, and having a good friend along the road tends to help.

More proverbs:

Each to his own taste. [Ap 583]

Everyone is entitled to his own taste. [Ap 583]

Tastes differ. [Ap 583]

The taste for art can be developed. Art may be of paintings, music, decoration, and much else. It helps to learn basics of a field and practice it, so as to develop one's taste - to get keener and sense fundamental aspects of what is given, based on clues and much else. So taste may be developed, and also one's own taste. Try if you like.

There is room for a little warning: Not every art critic knows what is good at first glance. The case of Pablo Picasso is illuminating in its way.

If it's original, it may not be called fine; If it is called fine, it is hardly original and brand new - you should be aware that you may have to deal with just that, and don't be too flattered if flattery comes your way. Instead, try to be above it as you realise artistic sides to yourself without ignoring, "It takes one to know one" either.

A Case for Pablo Picasso

Try, copy, find the details that may develop into a personal style as you go along.Pablo Picasso did as many artists first do: He was profoundly disappointed by studies, and gave up his formal studies for good. He studied and made his form of copies of old masterpieces. He also tried to reconceive the originals he copied. [Pap 48, 73]

After learning the craft come the periods of experiment and of gradually locating a personal style. After mature mastery comes a late period that essentially plays variations on familiar themes. [Pap 19] ◊

"We cannot please everyone," and even great art may have flaws and weaknesses - adjust to that as you try out things carefully enough. Picasso haters and lovers alike saw his talent as something demonic. One American critic called him the "devil incarnate" in 1910; and the "New York Times", generally a restrained and proper paper, gnashed that he was the very devil and that his audacity was breathtaking, when his first American exhibition was held in Alfred Stieglitz's Photo Secession Gallery in New York in 1911. Not many years later, German critics (and not even the worst) were busy perpetuating the usual equation of visual deconstruction with insanity, viewing Picasso himself as a neurotic and pithily announcing: "People are no longer locked away in asylums, Nowadays they found Cubism." [Pap 12] [3]

His whole life long, Picasso had certain fundamental weaknesses, and positioned the eyes "wrongly". Yet collectors began to take an interest in his work, seeing the weaknesses along with his technical command, compositional subtlety, and other strengths, [Pap 48, 21, 83, 23, 27, 73]

This was widely claimed: Picasso was basically a chameleon. However, he was also marked by curiosity and interest in experiment [Pap 26, 27, 21] ◊

The young Picasso was "all charisma and self-confidence". Artistic autonomy of means . . . is the very core of Picasso's art. He stood up as an artist with great self-assurance. [Pap 13, 19, 24]

Prepare for this: A lifetime of drawings quite wasted as artistic outlets (but very remunerative outlets) - until proper, childlike art was reached. Picasso was abused for realizing his intentions with skill. Through his developed grasp of artistic means he attained to drawing more like a child's drawing than anything else. [Pap 10, 27, 31] [5]

In later life Picasso visited an exhibition of children's drawings. He observed, "When I was their age, I could draw like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like them." [T+]

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Picasso Art, Anecdotes and Quotations

Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem

Boosting Self-Esteem

Self-Assertiveness

Art and Artists

Advance toward the Goals

The goal is simple: advance to a lush countryside and relish its pleasures. Be solidly armed with decent contemplation, affirmations, congenial companionship, good reading, and behaving all right too.

In good training, each stage of elevation and increased mastery should be clearly marke, so that you can know where you stand at the time and do not fool yourself or others. We advocate a many-faceted way up with ample freedom of choice. You can approach life as a student of what matters. Some long-range fruits of good check-work (verifications) may be worthy and found excellent, but prefer to go for solid, good teachings instead. Basic teachings of Buddha can and should help many to have a good life and not get outsmarted. There is so much to outsmart folks.

Good Resolves

Shapely and proper equipment. Proper outfit counts. Being shapely too. These things matter too. (1)

"We humans are above animals in many ways." In the Western world people keep a lot of pets because human conditions are quite dwarfing and people need someones to talk to. Anyway, some persons keep dogs to alleviate the pain of getting along with human blockheads. As long as we behave like humans and do not make ourselves reciprocal to dog ways - or "begging imbecile" ways - we may get along better, and prove we are capable of better company - humans, for example. Bottom line: Better adapt dogs to live with humans than humans to dogs. (3)

Better have humans than animals around us, then. Anyway, many lives get stunted and dwarfed by unrealised individual proclivities. Perhaps ecretly unlived lives tend to take something away from the individualism deep inside. Scapegoating of some sorts of deviant manners may also be ascribed to stunted or dwarfed individualism. One reason why some members of flock life tend to idealise Führers (leaders) like a herd of cattle adjusts to a farmer, also seems to involve vicarious outstandingness, often shown in the form of "loyalty" that is not elevated or elevating. (5)

Discreet home life is a great boon, and believe as little as you can. For all that, being a free and quite dandy-like fellow doesn't have be bad at all.

A pure heart may be transgressed against, but it should not be allowed happen. (6)

Go for the home life. Otherwise, be discreet. It slowly pays, probably. And well adapted hints could help your future life or your children. [T+]

THUS: Go for being keen, well equipped, shapely and keep your good heart (conscience) and mind clean, and you may end up as a blossoming family man (or woman).

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Tao character living with taste, LITERATURE  

Api: Eysenck, Hans J. "Aesthetic Preferences and Individual Differences." In Psychology and the Arts, ed. David O'Hare. Brighton: The Harvester, 1981, 76-101.

Pap: Warnche, Carsten-Peter. Pablo Picasso 1881-1973. Edited by Ingo Walther. Vols 1-2. Køln: Benedikt Taschen, 1995.

Pata: O'Hare, David, ed. Psychology and the Arts. Brighton: The Harvester, 1981. Chapter "Aesthetic preferences and individual differences".

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