I just finished reading a fascinating paper on Coincidentia Oppositorum In Nicholas Of Cusas Sermons by Jasper Hopkins. The closest thing I can compare it to is the philosophy of the Buddhist sage Nagarjuna, with its echoes of Nagarjuna’s teachings on co-dependant origination. Those familiar with Zen or Taoism may get what I mean. And yet,Continue reading “Coincidentia Oppositorum In Nicholas Of Cusas Sermons”
Actually, I have no idea what this image is called, but “Breakfast with Lao Tzu” sounds good to me so I’m going to run with it. As an Australian Christian I think its important to engage with Asian philosophy and religion, and surely that includes the Taoism of China. Besides, the Tao Te Ching isContinue reading “Breakfast with Lao Tzu”
How is this for an unusual blend of Christian and Taoist symbolism? An ichthus fish containing a yin yang! To me seems more syncretistic than critically contextual, but on a purely aesthetic level I find it kinda appealing.
I have always said Star Wars had a Taoist feel to it. Not just Yoda, but the idea of the Force having a light and dark side. Very yin yang. Obviously I’m not the only one to think so. Those familiar with Star Wars will recognise the symbols for the Empire and the Rebels.
“Heraclitus taught that all changes in the world arise from the dynamic and cyclic interplay of opposites and he saw any pair of opposites as a unity. This unity, which contains and transcends all opposing forces, he called the Logos.” Fritjof Capra – The Tao of Physics
Those of you interested in engaging with the concept of Chi and the related disciplines of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Martial Arts, Fung Shui and so forth, would be well advised to read Christian Guideposts on Chi: An Evangelical Assessment of Chi and Related Activities by Brett Yardley. Here are a few comments I found worthyContinue reading “Christian Guideposts on Chi”
If you are interested in learning about Taoism I highly recommend “Foundations of Taoist Practice” by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart as an introductory article. It explains such concepts as: the Way (Tao), nothingness (Wu Ji), primordial energy (Qi), Yin And Yang, the Five Elements (Wu Hsing), the Eight Trigrams (Pa Kua), Martial Arts, Sexual Practice, Feng Shui andContinue reading “Foundations of Taoist Practice”
For contemplation: Do not be over righteous… Do not be over wicked… The man who fears God Will avoid all extremes. Ecclesiastes 7:17-18