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Solala’s blog 4/26/15

  One of my pet peeves in the world of Daoism is the various fantastical versions of Daode Jing are out there. Like many students of the Way I have collected various translations and versions of Laozi’s work. Of course most “translations” are not actual translations from classical Chinese but are just the authors own version of idea of what he or she thinks Laozi is saying or, even worse, what the author wants to say. In this case, the [...]

New Spring Issue of The Empty Vessel now available!

The new issue of The Empty Vessel is now available in digital as well as print (see our store).             This issue includes articles by Eva Wong, Roger Jahnke, Stuart Alve Oslon and Solala Towler. There is also a delightful interview/conversation between Solala and Koro Kasian Miles on the relationship between Taoism and Zen.    

Solala Blog for week of 12/8/14

My but time doth fly by these days! My good news is that I just sold my new book on using the Tao Te Ching as a manual for self-cultivation to Sounds True, a great publisher! It will be out in the Spring of 2016. (Books, like people, take a long gestation period.)   Here’s a small taste of what will be included:   Step 52   All beings under heaven have an origin which is the Mother of all [...]

Solala Blog for week of 8/25

  The wise one who preserves peace in his inner self encounters no dangers on his way. He can fight in a battle and not be harmed by weapons. He has nowhere for the rhinoceros to stick his horn. Tigers can find nowhere to use their claws. No weapon can harm him. Why is this? Because he has no place for death to enter. Daode Jing Chapter  50   Affirmation: If I am able to find true peace within myself [...]

Solala Blog for week of 8/15/14

  Allowing myself to become empty I abide in stillness. The things of this world come and go as I watch, powerful within my own being. Whatever ends comes round back again. I watch this in a tranquil and peaceful state. I allow myself to return To my original nature. In doing so I connect myself with what can be called “constant renewal.” To truly understand this process  can be seen as “illumination.” To not understand that things come and [...]

Quote for week of 8/4/2014

Drinking tea with Tao is about letting go of all our “stuff” and just being ourselves as we really our, in our true nature.  Aaron Fisher (Wu De)

Fire in the Belly: Solala’s blog for 8/4/2014

            We talk a lot about the lower dantian in qigong training. Actually we use it also in meditation and nei dan (internal alchemy) practice as well. The lower dantian, while the first (if you count from the bottom) of three dantians, it is considered the foundation level. As in building a house, we have to start at the bottom, rather than at the top. Many people, on first learning meditation, want to start at [...]

Solala blog 7/28/14 Dancing in the Dark

I went to a concert last week with a friend. It was outside of town in a beautiful meadow with a wooden stage at one end. It was great to be in the country and visit with various friends and listen to the deep devotional music of my friend Matura, who was accompanied by much of the cream of Eugene musicians. After his set another pretty amazing musician named Fantuzzi came up on stage and shared his wonderful heart soul [...]