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  • I am an adherent of the Four Ascendant Spheres Purity Adept School of Taoism, (Blue Cloud Variant). I would like to know what your concept of karma is. After I get some answers, I'll explain what it is according to the Four Ascendant school is.You may be surprised!

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  • This is a Buddhist Temple I was able to visit in, of all places, Flushing, NY. My fiancee and I were able to meet one of the nuns, and were invited to attend a service. This was built the same way it would have been built in Korea. Not one nail was used in the construction, and the beautiful carvings andd paintings were done by hand. Unfortunately photography inside the temple was not allowed.1939075744?profile=RESIZE_1024x10241939075838?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024

  • While it isn't a part of the Taoist Cannon, there is a text called the Hua Hu Ching which was translated by Brian Walker. In chapter 17, it is stated that one shouldn't worship deities or religious institutions as the source of the subtle truth. This is totally consistent with daojia and daojiao. The different gods in Taoism represent certain, specific qualities which are associated with them, but they are not worshipped the way Christians worship their One True God. The Tao itself is the closest thing to the Christian or Jewish God, but there are major differences. TheTao is impersonal, and pays no attention to prayers or requests, nor does it care whether it's worshipped or not. The main objective of Taoism is to become one with the Tao DIRECTLY without the mediation of a deity. The Tao has given each of us everything we will ever need, so to ask for something is to request what we already have. If you have two arms already, would you ask for another? It's up to you to find within yourself that which you would ask for because you already have it. This takes work, and it's sometimes very difficult. The main thing is to remove anything, whether it's a God, angel, demon or saint, that stands between you and the Tao. That being said, there is nothing in Taoism which says you can't be a believer in another religion or spiritual system as well.
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  • Welcome to Taoism, Ito! Please feel free to introduce yourself to the other members. I'm looking forward to hearing any thoughts you may have.

  • Just read your latest contributions, Paul. They were both very informative, and I really appreciated your contribution. Hopefully, we can get more like that from tou and the other members. Thanks again, Paul, and keep up the good work! Dao An!

  • Sorry for my absence lately. I've been rather busy dealing with several rather pressing family issues, but I'll be posting on a more regular basis as things get resolved. Meanwhile, I'll be checking in, and I hope to hear from you. Thanks for your patience!

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