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The Dao of Daoism There are basically threee main parts to Taoism Dao which is the way De which is the unnamed charachteristic or virtue and lastly Wu Wei which is non-action- flowing In my report I will focus on the Dao Bits of the other two concepts will be scattered throughout In order to go into Taoism at all we must begin by being in the frame of mind in which it can be understood You cannot force yourself into this frame of mind anymore than you can smooth disturbed water with your hand But lets say that our starting point is that we forget what we know or think we know and that we suspend judgment about practically everything returning to what we were when we were babies when we had not yet learned the names or the language And in this state although we have extremely sensitive bodies and very alive senses we have no means of making an intellectual or verbal commentary on what is going on You are just plain ignorant but still very much alive and in this state you just feel what is without calling it anything at all You know nothing at all about anything called an external world in relation to an internal world You dont know who you are you havent even the idea of the word you or I-- it is before all that Nobody has taught you self control so you dont know the difference between the noise of a car outside and a wandering thought that enters your mind- they are both something that happens You dont identify the presence of a thought that may be just an image of a passing cloud in your minds eye or the passing automobile they happen Your breath happens Light all around you happens Your response to it
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