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Ghandi, Buddism and Taoism

O.K., I've posted way too much today, but there has been so much I have wanted to share, and some of it's coming out now. I won't cry if noone replies to this post.


Another reply to an lj friend, which I feel needs to be upfront and added to memories. lj friend talks of Buddhism and letting go. Poignant.

A Buddhist could let go; a strong one, could let go easily. [No regrets.]

In the 1990s, I went through a Ghandi phase. It was working it's way into my life ... a kid who had been given everything material. I think I've written about it in lj ... but not sure where it is ... [tagging back them would have been beneficial].

Anyway, I gave away possessions, many from childhood. I gave well beyond it hurting. But that was part of the point. I needed to release myself of the want/need for material possessions.

The childhood treasures I regret giving away. [Some from babyhood.]

In the end, I learned that what I really need in my life is visual beauty, music, a decent roof over my head and hot showers.

Taoism might be closer to what I need to understand and practice. If remembering correctly, Taoism is being at peace with one's struggles and joys. To understand the ebb and flow of life. Nothing stays the same. It's constantly changing. Ying and Yang. Finding the balance.

added:
Maybe with all that said, i could use some Buddhism ... learning to let go. Taoism can help with that issue.

Can these two philosophies work together?

Comments

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gracegiver
Aug. 28th, 2005 07:00 am (UTC)
It's nice to see you posting again. You've been missed. Do something fun on these days off you have, and tell us about it.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 30th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yes!

We're starting out with a dramatic mix of both work and play.
lost_tumbleweed
Aug. 30th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
yes, that was moí.
m_leprae
Aug. 28th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
Gandhi was one of my childhood heroes.
lost_tumbleweed
Aug. 30th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
I've lived in a cave most of my life, so didn't learn about ghandi until the biographical film about him which came out in the mid-1980s. I was in college.

That film made an instant fan outta me.

In many ways, Benjamin Franklin has the same philosophy. The discipline and living simply. I followed him for awhile, but he had many flaws I have trouble overlooking.
m_leprae
Aug. 31st, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
Gandhi had a few flaws of his own!
lost_tumbleweed
Sep. 2nd, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
nobody's perfect.

:)
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lost_tumbleweed
Aug. 30th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: because i understand completely..
I'm wondering if we're wasting time naming it?</>

my brain is slow today ... you won't being wasting time naming it.
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