What's This Tao All About?

A lighthearted Taoism podcast hosted by a Tao Master and curious writer.

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Show 23 — Lu Dongbin and Chapter 20

Who is the mysterious Lu Dongbin? Dr. Totton and Tod look into the life and teachings of a Taoist immortal. Later, we discuss one of the most challenging chapters of The Tao Te Ching.

Show 22 — Re-Igniting Your Practice and Disagreements

After the birth of his son, Tod asks Dr. Totton how he can get back into good Taoist habits. Later, a listener has some intriguing questions about how to handle disagreements and veganism.

We’ll Be Back On July 4, 2016!

We’re back in the Taoist temple recording some more episodes of the show. Can’t wait to share what comes next! Have a question you’d like answered? Email us at Tod.Perry@yahoo.com.

Show 21 — Chapters 16 and 14

Our show begins with an apology for a mishap that screwed up the audio on show 21. In this episode, Dr. Totton and Tod take on two very important chapters from the Tao Te Ching, 14 and 16. They also discuss how to develop empathy, dealing with difficult people, and an odd experience Tod had while reading the Tao Te Ching.

Show 20 — Taoist Health and Tod Translates The Tao Te Ching

Dr. Totton discusses the Taoist perspective on health and how one can find balance through multiple practices. Later, Tod shares his translation of the Tao Te Ching that he’s written for the common man. The show ends with a discussion of Chapter 12 of the Tao Te Ching.

The Immortals Weekend is coming May 21 -22, 2016!

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Show 19 — Living in the Moment and Listener Mail

The show opens with a question from a listener in Hawaii about how to raise a disciplined child. Later, Tod and Dr. Carl discuss one of the most important aspects of Eastern spirituality: living in the moment.

Show 18 — Binary Thinking, Mirror Mind, and Chapter 19

Tod and Dr. Totton discuss how the Tao is an antidote for binary thinking and can help people free themselves from entrenched worldviews. Later, they discuss the concept of the “mirror mind” and Chapter 19 from the Tao Te Ching.

Show 17 — Chuang Tzu pt. 2 and Chapter18

Tod cracks open Chaung Tzu’s Inner Chapters for another book report on the sacred Taoist text. We also discuss chapter 18 of the Tao Te Ching and personal energy.

Show 16 — Listener Mail and Chapter 36

Dr. Totton and Tod open up the listener mailbag to discuss an important question about injustice from a listener in Australia. Later, we discuss Chapter 36 from the Tao Te Ching.

Show 15 — Being and the I Ching

For the first time on the show Dr. Carl and Tod discuss the meaning and importance of “being” and “non-being” as they relate to Taoism. Also, we discuss the the Taoist embrace of “flow” and the I Ching’s place in the Taoist cannon.

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