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Taoist Mysteries & Magic

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216 pages, Paperback

First published September 18, 1973

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John Blofeld

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John Eaton Calthorpe Blofeld (M.A., Literature, University of Cambridge, 1946) wrote on Asian thought and religion, especially Taoism and Chinese Buddhism. During WWII, he working in counterintelligence for the British Embassy in Chongqing (Chungking), China, as a cultural attaché. In the 1950s, he studied with Dudjom Rinpoche and other Nyingma teachers in Darjeeling, India. He later mentored Red Pine in his translation work.

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March 28, 2011
This is really about Taoism but I don't have a separate shelf for that. Studied with John Blofield in the summer of 1984 which was a
great experience. Should have asked MORE questions. Was more interested in seeing China and Thailand than asking questions. Still he told us how almost all the temples in China had been distroyed and
rebuilt after Mao first and the Cultural revolution later.
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May 30, 2016
Self-cultivation is needed before one can benefit the world, and self-realization must come before one can claim to know or teach truth.

Activity in itself is not harmful, but it must be just an instinctive response to immediate needs.

Be as the nameless Uncarved Block, that freedom from desire may follow.

Paths are made by the shoes that walk them; they are by no means shoes in themselves. (Zhuang Zhi)

To know and not be knowing is best. To be ignorant but think one knows is a disaster. Knowing one's faults is the means to faultlessness.

Adaptable as melting ice, conduct as simple as uncarved wood, mind receptive as hollow valleys, as murky as muddied water.

Wei-wu-wei: not doing by not doing but acting in a manner that entails the least involvement and proceeds from inner stillness of the heart.

The disease of categories cured by the recognition that the bulk of our distress stems from labelling this or that desirable or loathsome.

Doing little but doing it decisively.

The Taoist way is to do one's own thing spontaneously but without a show of resentment towards those who differ.
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