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Verses and Images on Daoism, Nature, Yin, and Yang

Although the Chinese government banned Daoism in 20th century China, the practice is no longer banned and monasteries are re-establishing all over China. It is this very process of reconciliation, reintegration, and renewal of respect for all people that EdenKeeper is celebrating in this Saturday series on sacred scriptures. Life on Earth is an all-encompassing […]

January 31st

Thoreau’s Life in the Woods

Throughout Thoreau’s philosophy one can see a sort of neo-Taoism, specifically a way of understanding “higher” thought, spiritual and otherwise, through his reverance of nature: “It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious […]

December 15th

Searching for Quality of Life in Immortality

Earlier this year, I wrote about The Immortalists, a great documentary that gives the viewer some entertaining insight into the quest for longer, or possibly eternal, lives. It also opens the floor up to questions about the validity of this quest, particularly regarding the aspect of overpopulation. While I was reading about the lifestyles of […]

November 4th

Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove

In an essay that I’ve mentioned once or twice before, “Fourier! – Or, the Utopian Poetics,” Peter Lamborn Wilson situates Fourier, the utopian visionary, in the Taoist tradition, specifically, “the Taoist emphasis on spontaneity, work-as-play, wealth, health, longevity, sexual ‘alchemy,’ complex cuisine, and even sensual pleasure.” Here, he uses an important footnote: “Taoism is not […]

September 27th

Can Art Be More Perfect Than Nature Itself?

I read Hans-Georg Moeller’s Daoism Explained a few years ago, and for me, a relative novice in the study of that religion-philosophy, the book did a pretty good job of delivering on the promise of its title . . . at least as good a job as one can expect from the explaining of an […]

August 26th

Nature and Us: Discussion of Robert Wilson’s Philosophy

In 1986, Robert Anton Wilson, the great writer/mystic behind Prometheus Rising and The Illuminatus! Trilogy, wrote the introduction to Christopher Hyatt’s Undoing Yourself With Energized Meditation and Other Devices. One of the most attractive factors in Wilson’s work arises from the great number of sources he draws on and the corresponding ideas and innovations they […]

June 3rd

Charles Fourier, Turning Daily Drudgery Into Lemonade

After mentioning Peter Lamborn Wilson’s interesting approach to Nerval, I ended up re-visiting some of Wilson’s other writings about religion and spirituality, including “Fourier! – Or, The Utopian Poetics.” In it, Wilson applies poetic treatment to another eccentric 19th-century character from France, Charles Fourier, who variously fit the following titles: Utopian philosopher, equal rights crusader, […]

April 18th

“Steppenwolf” and Its Nature-Driven Spirituality

Many readers have enjoyed Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf since its publication in 1927. But as Hesse himself has claimed, many readers have also misunderstood the book, seeing only its tragic aspects. The novel, like the character it describes, consists of many different pieces. This is not to say that Steppenwolf is overly complex or difficult to read, […]

April 2nd