Guide Review: "The Journey Home" by Radhanath Swami
A guide review of "The Journey Home" by Radhanath Swami -- an inspiring tale of spiritual seeking and fulfillment.
Taoism & Tantra
An exploration of Taoist notions of flow and continuity, through the lens of Buddhist and Hindu tantra.
Sri Ramana Maharshi
Within the tradition of Advaita Vedanta, Sri Ramana Maharshi is considered to be a fully realized being: an Avadhuta, an Immortal. He shared his realization via his silent Presence only. Here's a lovely slide-show of some photos of the legendary "Sage of Arunachala."
Pancha Klesha - The Five Hindrances
An introduction to the pancha klesha - the five hindrances as articulated in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Includes a discussion of Samkhya vs. Taoist understandings of the human body.
Taoism & The Tanmatras
How do the Tanmatras relate to Taoist practice?
Taoism & The Tanmatras - page two
How are the tanmatras related to Taoist practice? (page two)
Krisnamacharya Yoga Asana Demonstration
The great Hindu Yoga Master Krisnamacharya - teacher to both B.K.S. Iyengar and Sri Pattabhi Jois - practicing Yoga asana in India. Notice the similarity to both Taoist qigong and Tibetan yoga practice!
Contemporary Yoga Asana Practitioners
Asana practice by the ocean - Ahhh ...
Inner Body Flow
Angela Farmer is another contemporary Yoga practitioner, whose approach is rooted deeply in an awareness of the Inner Body - making it similar in this way to qigong or taiji practices.
video: Yogananda Wedding Ceremony
Paramahansa Yogananda - one of the first Hindu yogis to teach in the U.S. - conducts a beautiful wedding ceremony, and advocates harmony between all religious traditions.
Yoga of the Chakras - Sri Karunamayi
In the same way that the Three Dantians define Taoism's inner landscape, so are the Seven Chakras the major landmarks of Hindu yogic subtle anatomy. Here, Sri Karunamayi takes us through the chakra system, discussing the awakening of the Immortal Body, and the ultimate unity - in Pure Consciousness - of all spiritual paths.
Lineage of Kashmir Shaivism
A short essay describing the lineage of Kashmir Shaivism. Compare the statement "Lord Shiva ... manifesting himself in an infinite variety of beings" with Taoist cosmology: "The Tao manifesting as the ten-thousand things"!
Daniel Odier: Kashmir Shaivism, Buddhism, Taoism
Daniel Odier is a very interesting contemporary teacher/writer who embodies the conversation between Kashmir Shaivism, Taoism, and both Tibetan and Chan Buddhist traditions.
Dattatreya: "The Pathless Path To Immortality"
A nice essay describing the life of the Advaita Vedanta Immortal Dattatreya. Includes a discussion of "sahaja" - a state of naturalness, of living without plan or design - which is the equivalent of the Taoist ideal of "wu wei."
Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya
A beautiful and important scripture of Advaita Vedanta, translated here in its entirety. Interesting to compare the portrayal of the elements in this text with the Taoist approach. Might the passage "All is verily the absolute Self" be stated also as "All is verily the Tao"?
A devotional video photo-journey through the life of Sri Ramakrishna. One thing that made Ramakrishna uniquely powerful was his capacity to understand deeply the practices of many different spiritual traditions.
Mother Meera - Silent Avatar
"The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao" ... Mother Meera - like Ramana Maharshi - teaches exclusively via her silent Presence.