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Old 03-20-2013, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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One of my favorite tv shows ever happened to quote the Tao Te Ching often. It's called Kung Fu, and it's awesome. This quote seems to be based on TTC Chapter 11:


The Tao of Kung Fu #20 - "Be nothing and become everything." - YouTube

Chapter 11:

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.
-----------------------------------

To me it says a lot about dropping ego to open up to compassion for others, and I love how cheesy the show is.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:07 PM
 
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Another one about a peaceful heart, seeking not to fight.

The Tao of Kung Fu # 30 - "Peace lies in the man who walks the Path." - YouTube
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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I think I'm just going to keep posting to this myself.

Here's a great story from NPR; it's about a man who gave up possessions, self-interest, and striving to attain things for himself. He was a homeless man in my hometown of Phoenix(being homeless in the summer in PHX is rough), who, after a life as a marine and engineer, gave everything up to live out of his backpack, sleep on the ground behind a senior center, and all the while he was trading stock from pay phones. He amassed millions in the bank and when he died he left it all to other people, charities, and gave NPR $400,000.

He was an atheist and seemed to realize, what the buddhists sometimes call, his buddha nature. A stronger man than I.

Homeless Man Leaves Behind Surprise: $4 Million : NPR
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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Another one about a peaceful heart, seeking not to fight.

The Tao of Kung Fu # 30 - "Peace lies in the man who walks the Path." - YouTube
I remember this show from when I was a kid. I was cheesy and at the time I just tuned it out (literally and figuratively) as I had no reference point for it other than that it was probably about some false religion (I was Christian in those days). I would probably enjoy watching it again today, if I had more time for such things.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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I remember this show from when I was a kid. I was cheesy and at the time I just tuned it out (literally and figuratively) as I had no reference point for it other than that it was probably about some false religion (I was Christian in those days). I would probably enjoy watching it again today, if I had more time for such things.
If you have time, search The Tao of Kung Fu on Youtube. Some guy compiled 30 short clips of some of the best Taoist/Buddhist dialogue and teachings from the show. It's usually his flashbacks to his days when he was a temple monk because some situation in the Old West, the setting for the show, reminds him of some teaching. It's very, very cheesy, but I like it. It's funny, I remember turning it off when I was kid too, now I love it.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:42 PM
 
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Don't worry everybody, I'll keep this going.

Great one from old wacky Alan Watts. The Zen Woodcutter.
( Mild cartoon blood)
How a woodcutter attains Zen - YouTube
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Every day in every situation, face it and choose...

The Tao of Kung Fu #27 - "Who can defeat himself?" - YouTube
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:48 PM
 
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If you have time, search The Tao of Kung Fu on Youtube. Some guy compiled 30 short clips of some of the best Taoist/Buddhist dialogue and teachings from the show. It's usually his flashbacks to his days when he was a temple monk because some situation in the Old West, the setting for the show, reminds him of some teaching. It's very, very cheesy, but I like it. It's funny, I remember turning it off when I was kid too, now I love it.
This is a cool thread- I love that show lol
I was so into the depth of it even as a kid....plus it had some great action scenes when he had to fight.
I also had a major crush on David Carradine
I don't have the time tonight to post much but here's one, I'll be back w/ more soon



The Beginning of Wisdom - YouTube
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there.
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I think I'm just going to keep posting to this myself.
LOL. I love your perseverance Cacto.
Just to let you know this series was hugely, hugely popular in the UK at the time too. Myself and my brother watched it when we were quite small kids so it must have been quite innocent family viewing I guess (you know we are all giving our ages away here?)
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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LOL. I love your perseverance Cacto.
Just to let you know this series was hugely, hugely popular in the UK at the time too. Myself and my brother watched it when we were quite small kids so it must have been quite innocent family viewing I guess (you know we are all giving our ages away here?)
That's funny but true. No one seems to know the show unless they're my age or older. I've realized I've become that guy that misses the stuff from the old days and can't stand a lot of new things, the kind of guy I loved to make fun of in my teens and twenties.
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