Year: 2020

Daily Taoist 1_24b – Buddha Zhen Discusses TAO #13b for Actors to Understand Self-Esteem Confidence

YouTube Video TRANSCRIPT Daily Taoist 24:

Okay. Here we go.

Welcome back to another episode of The Daily Taoist. Yeah. I like that. I just put that name on here. I decided, “Hey. These are so much fun… Maybe I should make a show out of this. The Daily Taoist.

Anyway, let’s go. Let’s continue on.

NUMBER 13 by Lao Tzu. But we’re working from my book. There’s a better picture of the cover back there. My book, The Tao of Taoism – Using the Dao Te Ching to Improve Your Life. Otherwise, why use it all? Seriously. [laughs]

Okay. Here we go. I’m on page 24 and this is #13b of what Lao Tzu wrote. Now there’s 80 paragraphs. I’ve got 40 in this book. Okay, #13b is what I’m numbering this one.

Self-esteem is the appreciation of one’s own subconscious identity.
This self-love creates a pride that is dependent upon the opinion of others.

Hmmm. Okay. Let’s read that again. Maybe break it down a little bit.

Self-esteem— (Confidence. What you think of yourself. Self-esteem is supposed to be a positive thing. Esteem.) —Is the appreciation of one’s own subconscious identity.

Ah. Subconscious. Most of the self-esteem we think of is things we consciously do in our life. But according to Lao Tzu, if I’m getting this right, he’s saying that your real self-esteem is what your subconscious really–appreciates. Okay. So. It’s not the way you act as an actor. An actor might enjoy playing murderers. Okay? And everybody knows this person as a murderer. That’s all they ever see is this guy shooting guns and killing people all the time. So is his self esteem to be appreciated as a murderer? He’s a great murderer. He murders people so good on camera. He looks so cool doing it. And everybody enjoys watching you kill people. So he’s a professional murderer? Well, is his self-esteem supposed to be based on that? His ability to murder? Okay?

Or is it still his own subconscious identity that hopefully is not a murderer. It’s his conscious identity that’s a murderer. He’s consciously out there killing people and getting paid for it. But his subconscious identity may have nothing to do with that at all. It may just be that he wants to be an actor. He wants to be loved and appreciated. Or he wants to be able to pull off some sort of impersonation. It impresses people and he feels proud of that.

So subconsciously he may have a totally different goal than going out there and being the best murderer on the planet–in the movies. [laughs] Just an example.

Here we go. Continuing.

The second sentence: This self-love. (Okay. Which in this case we’ll say is the love of being an actor. You know, being able to flexible at changing your identity to make other people happy. Kind of like wearing costumes.) This self-love creates a pride. (So you practice at it. You get good at it. You must’ve done it a whole bunch of times successfully. So now you can be proud of yourself. You have pride.) That is not dependent upon the opinion of others.

Ahhhh. I didn’t get that ‘NOT’ the last time quite as clearly. Okay. The idea here is you know that you’ve done a good job. In fact, maybe a whole bunch of other people know you did a good job. But right now, you’re in a movie and you do really crappy. And everybody thinks you’re a crappy actor. But you know you’re a good actor because you’ve done good before. You’re just maybe in a role you can’t fathom. You can’t understand this person. You can’t pull it off.

So you’re not a bad actor. You’re just in the wrong place. And so your self-esteem should pull you through that. Otherwise, if you didn’t believe in yourself–you’d be heartbroken and you’d give up acting and that’d be foolish because you’ve already proven you’re a great actor. You just made a mistake. Got the wrong role perhaps.

Okay? So anyway. I’ll read the whole thing again. And then we’ll blast down the page and see how towork it into our life.

Self-esteem is the appreciation of one’s own subconscious identity. This self-love creates a pride that is NOT dependent upon the opinion of others.

I like that.

Okay. NUMBER ONE: Are you angered by insults?

Okay. So I’ll read each question twice. And you read them. I’m not going to expand on this.

Okay. Here we go. Are you angered by insults?

Do you ever want revenge?

Do you ever want revenge?

What are kinds of revenge that you consider?

If you said you’ve never thought of being vengeful–you’re lying. [laughs] Even me. Nicest person on the planet. It’s not that the thoughts don’t go through my head. I just never get to where I’d think I’d ever even consider them being realistic. But the thoughts– You’ve got to acknoledge the thought going through your head.

Um. What are the kinds of revenge that you consider?

You know, if I was to vengeful, you know… My revenge is like saying, “Hey, I’m not gonna put you in my movie. [laughs] Ooops. I said it. See, but that’d be like– that would be to be– That would be vengeful.

I’d probably wouldn’t want to– Hopefully, without knowing they were unappreciative of me. Hopefully their talent wouldn’t have garnered them having that role anyway. Because I would not want to actually deny anyone a worthy thing just because of my personal attitude. So I do try to keep that in check. My prejudice. My attitude.

Even if I don’t like someone– Some of those people turned out be really good friends. Oh God. During the homeless life I avoided people for years. And then after a couple of years you start running into this person– I have a conversation. Aaaah. A couple of people turned out to be decent friends. I mean I got along with them real fine. It’s like, yeah. It’s not that I regretted avoiding them. But it didn’t turn out to be as bad as I thought.

Okay. Anyway.

What are your identity weaknesses? Weight problems? Big Nose?

Seriously. I’ve got problems. Me, I’ve got a crooked nose. I got beat up when I was a teenager. Beat up really bad and they didn’t straighten my nose when they broke it. I’ll always have a crooked nose. For what that’s worth. [laughs] But I just accept it. In fact, sometimes when I’m shooting a bunch of videos I’ll actually take a minute and look at the lighting. And say, “Yeah–which angle do I look best at?” Cuz they’re totally different. Cuz it’s like bent this way. So maybe this way it looks smaller. And over here it looks bigger. Because of the way it’s bent. So anyway.

If I was a professional actor I’d have that memorized and probably always know how to always cheat the camera. But I’ll always still look. But I don’t think of it actually. But close–almost. Am I a professional actor?

What do you hide from people?

What do you hide from people?

What do you want to be that you doubt you will be?

Is that doubt based on your realistic understanding of yourself? Or is it based on the fact that other people couldn’t do it, or they doubted you. Or they couldn’t envision it and they just made you doubt it. Even though it could be real easy for you.

What do you want to be that you doubt you will be?

So put them all into that category and you can separate them out later.

When you lose or make a serious mistake do you scold yourself?

I’m gonna read that once again and then I’ve got to interject.

When you lose or make a serious mistake do you scold yourself?

Okay. I’ve got to give credit to somebody else. Dan Millman. I think that’s his name. Shout out! Great guy. Great author. Great books. I don’t know much about him personally but I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen and read. I’ve given away his books as presents and a couple of my students have been impressed by him and given books to my kids that were written by him. “I’m sorry. I didn’t know he wrote that book.” You know. Anyway. Great guy. Dan Millman

But he’s the one who hammered this into me. It was one of his first–the WARRIOR ATHLETE maybe. That book. I got that when I was at UCLA. And he said something. He was an Olympic trainer. And he said something that’s always stuck with me. “Thank you Dan.”

He said– And I kind of already knew this. But it resonated and I want to give him credit for it. He said that when he was training people, if they got angry or you know mad at themselves for making a mistake– he would always say, “Don’t do that. Don’t do that.” And his philosophy was, and I agree with him 100%. I’ve been a physical trainer ever since. I just started teaching Kung Fu about that same time. So for what? 35 years I’ve been proving him right.

And he said that, “When you make a mistake and then you punish yourself–you’ve balanced the field.” You’ve evened everything out. Now nothing’s going to change. You’ll make the same mistake. You’ll punish yourself again. It’ll just be the same. That’s your balance.

He said, “Create an imbalance.” He said, “Make a mistake–Ah–But don’t punish yourself.” Now you’ve gotta figure out to fix it.

Okay. Next. Do you ever say–(and pardon me for cussing)–“Damn it.” Okay? I never say that. [laughs] I had to apologize before I even said it. But here we go again.

Do you ever say, “Dammit.”

I’m going to interject something. This is a little whacky. This is going a little far for most people but, I’m gonna throw it out there anyway. I think that when you use that– I take it very literally. I’m kind of like that. I’m not like that guy in –that Avengers movie where one of the heroes he’s all tattooed with red tattoos. And he takes everything really literally. They don’t give him good lines unfortunately. The people who write for him don’t really grasp his character completely. I do. I kind of like him. Anyway, when you say, “Damn it,” you’re damning it. You are sending it to Hell. You are saying, “You are damned to Hell.” And that’s what you’re saying every time you say, “Damn it.” You’re sending that thing to Hell–as if you had the power. But still, that means you have the will, the desire… do whatever it takes. “I’ll bribe someone… I’ll talk to the Devil… I’ll…” You’re doing evil. That’s very evil to damn something. To make it go to Hell. Not your job.

So sorry. [laughs] I’m totally against that expression.

Here we go. Next, last one for this page.

Do you ever call yourself names or say, “I’m so stupid.” Or, “I’m a klutz.” Or, “I’m clumsy…” Any of those negatives? Do you ever say things like that?

Go back to Dan Millman. Dan Millman’s going to be your guide on that one. Let him tell you what to do on that.

One more time: Do you ever call yourself names? Like say you’re stupid or any negative names.

Obviously, I think you can tell where I’m going. [laughs]

Daily Taoist. Buddha Zhen, getting out of here.

Daily Taoist 1_23 – Buddha Zhen Reads TAO #12 – Ambitions, Goals and Reason for Wanting Destination

This movie starts with a microphone experiment. The audio quality improves at 1:44. Get ready to turn the volume down.

YouTube VIDEO TRANSCRIPT of Daily Taoist 23:

Well hello everyone. I’m back for another batch of– A quarter of… In fact if you’ve seen this now. If you like it–stay tuned. There’ll be another thirty or forty. Depends how much I break these things down… Anyway, just doing what I can. In fact i shot my Kung Fu class and I was just downloading it off my phone and then I started this class and thought, “Oh man, this video’s in the way. And I thought well, maybe this is an opportunity. When I was preparing for the audiobook, and when I was homeless, just this last year, I was trying to upgrade my production. I bought a lavalier and I never used it. So I’ve got a brand new lavalier. And interesting story about one of my videos I shot the other day. I was being taken care of by a warlord. I say warlord. He was a forty year old gang member. He was like a gang and was controlling a territory. And I was working with him, or at least, he let me stay at his place.

Anyway, it was nice. It was a chance. I was hoping it could’ve been something better. He wanted my help. He was looking for my guidance. Remember, I told you this was an experiment. I’m supposed to be using my lavalier microphone. Start this over. It probably wasn’t even recording. Yeah. There it is. It was recording, but it was way over there. I have no idea what that sounded like. Well, for fun, maybe I’ll just leave it that way. Decide whether to edit it out entirely. And compare.

It’s not that long a chord here. Like I said I’m still trying to figure out how to use this thing. Seems to me I’ve got too much slack here. I’m not happy with the way I’ve got this thing positioned. I think I need to take some slack out. I don’t know if you’re looking at this. This is a Rode lavalier. So it wasn’t the cheapest. I think it was seventy some bucks. There were some that were like a quarter this price. But I wanted to get this one because I thought this one was a better quality. Hopefully I’m right. I’ve got another one I want to get. An on board microphone. A lot of people are using the Rode and– R-O-D-E- mikes and stuff. But when I waffs going through and testing them and I’m going to the Guitar Center and stuff– I want to get– there’s a Shure. A little Shure. S-H-U-R-E microphone. About the same size. Nobody’s using them. Never seen anybody– But when I found that one and tested it I thought, “Hey! I like this.” And I like Shure microphones. I like ATM. I like– I like every microphone in a different way. I realized I want that Shure. So for my little– my little iphoneographer thing. If I can get my microphone. I’ve got my microphone picked out. But it’s like a $120. It’s not super expensive, but it wasn’t the cheapest by far either. You can get microphones for about twenty bucks. Anyway.

I want to get stuff that I’m not making excuses for. So if it’s not good enough–I’ve gotta stop compromising. My life is full of too many compromises up to this point. That’s one of the reasons. I’m frustrated and unsuccessful, is I’ve compromised too much. So no more compromising unless appropriate. Don’t want it to be appropriate. [laughs] How’s my placement? We’ll just keep rolling with it. If it’s horribly recorded, I apologize. You know, I’m learning. You’re learning.

So here we go. I can see it right there in my selfie. Now I’m looking at my old iPhone. Here’s the other thing. I started shooting in 4K. And man it really fills up my phone fast with that last batch. Causes me all kinds of problems. Put it on my flash drive. Had to do it in two batches. Tried to upload it and had a problem. It crashed. And if that wasn’t bad enough. My backup backup–I lost every single video in Shaolin Chi Mantis. 200 videos. All these videos and promos and graphics. Everything. For some reason the entire folder disappeared. I did a search in backup hard drive for it. Wouldn’t come up. It disappeared. And that’s my backup of the backup. So I’m backing up 2TB. 2TB of Shaolin Kung Fu. The ones you’ll see at Shaolin Interactive.com My main videos of all the other stuff. I had 2TB. It’s gonna take 23 hours to do that. So now my computer’s all locked up. I can’t even download from my phone to the hard drive. I was doing too many things. I was copying and I was working on the website the computer, his computer, it was given to me by Oscar.

Anyway. I digress. Five minutes already and I haven’t even started. Sheesh. I wanted to get these things in like six minutes.

Real fastly: If that’s even possible. Here we go. This is NUMBER 12 of the TAO OF TAOISM.

Looking over my shoulder, (that I wrote). It’s based on the Tao Te Ching by– or Teh King— however you want to translate it. Tao Teh King. By Lao Tzu. So I just merely made my version of it. This book is about how to integrate it into your life. So that’s what it is.

I’m on NUMBER 12. (Of the Taos of Taoism)

Lao Tzu says,

Appearance, tastes and desires
can mislead our efforts
from what we really want to what we momentarily need.

That’s pretty straight forward and logical. Gotta remember, we’re doing this all day long, so let’s think about this for a second.

Appearance, tastes and desires.

So things that look good, taste good and that we desire. That pretty much covers everything. Sex. Food. A movie. Entertainment. Whatever.

So appearance, tastes and desires. Even drugs–can mislead our efforts from what we really want to what we momentarily need.

In fact, I would even reverse the words if I was to rewrite this again.

I would say, can mislead our efforts from what we really need to what we momentarily want. But what we momentarily want we think: we need.

And that’s where we get confused. All people get confused. Is that we take our desires seriously. Which we should. You get a desire to breathe air–take that seriously. Try to breathe some more air. [laughs]

But maybe eating another dessert or that ice cream or the food, the snack before dinner that you don’t need. Maybe a lot of those desires–maybe you think you want them, and you can convince your self that you need them… But do you?

Would you be better off without them? Like not eating that snack before dinner. You eat a better dinner. You’re hungry for dinner.

So sometimes– So Buddhism has lessons on this too.

Let me read it one more time and we’ll go through it.

Appearance, tastes and desires can mislead our efforts– Ahhh!

That says mislead us about our EFFORTS. So that’s an interesting point. Let’s broaden that out to the extent that’s the way that we live our life. Like the way that you work at your job. Like let’s say that ice cream. You’re hungry for that ice cream. Now if you’re only doing your job, and you’re thinking about that ice cream and how you’re gonna get there. And you’re gonna drive over to the place… then you’re not doing your current efforts. You’re going to be distracted. Like I keep complaining to my students: I’m teaching the class and I’ll be thinking about something else. Ahhh, sorry I was thinking about something else.

But no. In other words, you can be misled by our desires. Especially your desires because they really consume your mind. So they could be messing with yuour entire day–and the way you’re being with someone else. Like the fact you might want to be with someone else, but you’re with someone else for awhile. You’re with this person but you’re really looking forward to being with the other person. Well, when you’re thinking about the other person when you’re with this person its going to…pollute your abilities.

You get what I’m saying right?

Okay. Here we go. So now this is confusing. What I’ve done here is I’ve listed three columns. One, two, three. Okay, so I’ve got three columns going down.

Okay. But anyway, one to the left says, “Ambitions / Goals.” And then you’ve got five lines. You’re supposed to write five different ambitions and goals.

Like me: I could say, finishing this series of videos for Instagram. But for me that’s not enough. I’ve got to post them. And then another ambition or goal is to post them. I mean I’m really breaking it down too much. But, put all these into one goal. But still these are all little goals. If you get one big goal: one big goal has all these little goals to it. So that’s one thing you have to learn about planning.

You can say, “Oh I want a car.” But that means you’ve gotta get the money.You’ve gotta figure out where you’re gonna park it. You’ve gotta figure out where you’re gonna buy it… You should know maybe your insurance before you get it. You should plan out a bunch of stuff and then you go buy your car.

Ambitions and goals. So five ambitions. So even continuing like I said. For me to do this right. Just to finish them and post them. And post them regularly. And post them well because… Actually this isn’t like Facebook and YouTube where you put descriptions and stuff. That’s all lt more work. This is like willy-nilly a little bit.

But I’d like to be professional. I’d like to put some tags or something on the front of this or something. I’m just doing this kind of willy-nilly amateur. uploading them the way they are. I’m hardly even trimming them on the end. Beginnings just the way they are. you can see mye push the button.

So anyway, and then five. Maybe following through on the comments and marketing. I could make five ambitions and goals just out of this one projedt. But like I said, this is really one goal with a bunch of steps.

Okay, now the next column says, “REASON FOR WANTING.” Obviously the ambitions and goals in the next column. So if I was to backtrack on myself: What is my reason for wanting to finish these? Well one of the reasons I want to finish these is I’m testing them and getting all this out of my system so I can record the actual audiobook that I want to sell. To you. You can buy the audiobook.

So… that’s one reason I want to do it. But I’m also doing it like I said for rehearsal. Okay. And why would I want to upload them regularly and consistently? From what I know. I’ve been going on YouTube and.

Look at this bump on my head. I got it just the other day. Just a few days ago. It’s worse than the day I got it.

And anyway, I want to upload them regularly because maybe there’s a chance Instagram will finally promot me. I mean I’ve been on Instagram for five years. And I’ve only got– How many followers? Less than a hundred. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten over a hundred. I don’t think. Close. But anyway. On any of my websites. I’ve got a whole bunch of YouTuebe channels. Never had more than a hundred. So I’m a nobody.

Reason for wanting to upload them: So I can stop being a nobody.

Maybe Instagram will start to show me in the front end and people’ll go, “Look at that weird guy with a purple background. I’ll keep the background dconsistent for marketing. So when you see it you’ll see the purple badkground and be able to pick me out easier.

And let’s see. What’s another reason for wanting to do them good. Well, so people will like them. And watch it all the way to the end of the video. And maybe learn something.

It’s been 12 minutes and I’m just getting started here. I’m gonna have to break this down. Let me finish this column. And then we’ll see if we finish the rest of this page in the next video. So and what would be the reason for me wanting to do a good job?

Okay. So you can see that there’s a reason for each of those goals. And I just told you mine.

So think of your goals and your reasons.

Remember this isn’t about me. This is supposed to be about you.

Okay, now the last third column says, “APPEARANCE & DESTINATION.”

Try plugging it into my thing and you plug it into your thing later.

So the first ambition was to finish all these videos. There might be about eighty of them. I don’t know. Well there’s eighty– Well I’ve only got forty of them in this book. I’ve only got about forty of the wisdoms, I’m going to call them. So may be more thatn forty. Maybe eighty. Gonna be more than forty if I start splitting them in half like I’m doing now.

Okay, so why do I want to finish them is because I wanted to perhaps be more famous. More popular on Instagram.

And what’s the appearance destination? Well the appearance destination is VERTICAL format. See I’ve got an appearnace thing I can use there. ANd the destination will be Insta– actually IGTV becaue these are longer than a minute and a half. Another little thing. I’ve gotta have an IGTV account. See plug all that in.

Okay the next thing was I wanted to do them good, or something like that. So that I’ll get–

Okay you can see how that workks.

Okay let me stop this and we’ll continue NUMBER 12 in the next video.

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Daily Taoist 1_22 – Buddha Zhen Illuminates TAO #11 the Yin / Yang of Nature from Tao of Taoism book

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Alright. When I started that last one I said I’d do these two. Let’s finish this one. I don’t know if I’ll do any more today. If the background changes, that means it’s another day. Let’s see. Actually, this thing doesn’t move behind me.

NUMBER 11:
The incorporation of opposites creates usable efforts.
Walls have doors. Containers are hollow.
And success requires expense.

This is cool. That yin and yang. Giving and taking. And things flowing and spinning.

Here we go.

Again. NUMBER 11: of the Tao Te Ching.

The incorporation of opposites.

Incorporating. That means utilizing them.

Creates usable efforts.

Magnetism. Chi.

Walls have doors. Containers are hollow.

Ying and yang again.

And success requires expense.

Always at least in time and effort. Which has a value in money.

Okay. So here we go. Ahhhhh. I’m probably not gonna talk much. There’s too much to talk about. And like I said, I’d have to hit this with different angles depending on which business of mine we’re talking about.

Here we go.

What opposites within you are utilized for your efficiency?

What opposites within you are utilized for your efficiency?

What opposites of others are utilized for your work?

What opposites of others are utilized for your work?

I don’t know if you got that. What opposites of others. Other people have opposites too, remember. They have a yin and a yang. Happy and a sad.

And so sometimes if you can play one, offer a carrot to make the other one–you can get them of course to move. With a carrot. Anyway.

What persons that are opposite of you do you harmonize with?

That are opposite of you. Like, way different, but you harmonize with them. And why? I’m not saying you’re going to get the right answer but give it a try.

How are opposites used in your career?

How are opposites used in your career?

I’m thinking of a bunch of answers. I don’t know if I want to misguide you. You might be inspired to come up with something interesting. So, I’ll try to say as little as possible.

How do you treat persons that you don’t like?

How do you treat persons that you don’t like?

How do you control those aspects of yourself that slow you down?

How do you control those aspects of yourself that slow you down?

How do you utilize the night as opposed to the daytime?

How do you use the night time as opposed to the daytime?

How do you utilize yin yang energies in your Tai Chi Chuan practice?

That’s kind of cool. That’s a lot of fun.

How do you utilize yin yang energies in your Tai Chi Chuan practice?

Well, you wouldn’t know that but a lot of it’s yin and yang. As I was explaining in yesterday’s class… it was today’s class. It was this morning. I was explaining how this is the only Kung Fu I know that you can use with breathing. We do the whole thing, “Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale.” See. So they’re kind of yin and yang see. “Inhale–” That’s a yin and then yang. Boom. Exhale you know.

These are positive / negatives in the Tai Chi form.

Here we go.

How can opposites be more useful in your career?

How can opposites be more useful in your career?

How can opposites be more useful in your homelife?

These are cool questions.

How can opposites be more useful in your homelife?

They could also be turning light switches on and off couldn’t they?

How can opposites be more useful in your lovelife?

How can opposites be more useful in your lovelife?

How can your emotions be better controlled by reversing them?

That’s not a good one for me. [laughs] Well, actually it shouldn’t make that much difference. I try to keep my polarity at zero. So you reverse them it doesn’t make that big a difference. Sorry. I wasn’t supposed to talk was I?

Here we go. So… The question was, How can your emotions be better controlled by reversing them?

How easily can you change your emotions?

How easily can you change your emotions?

How quickly can you stop being mad?

How quickly can you stop being mad?

How quickly can you stop being sad?

I will say something there.

Back in the eighties, because I’ve been thinking about this the last few days because I lost my best friend on Friday. Really sad. I shed some tears. But I didn’t sob. Kind of realizing today, my mourning period’s still not really over…. Lost a good, good friend. But anyway, but there still is something. I’m sensitized. The um… When I was in the eighties I had a lot of emotional breakups. I remember, but anyway, I can’t tell a lot of the details. I had a lot of girlfriends. Lots of breakups. Lots of emotions. Lots of relationships. Lots of falling in love. Lots of falling out of love. And somewhere in that mix: And I can’t– I have no specific memories– I remember being sad a couple times. In my life. Actually maybe I went back even farther when I was a teenager, But anyway, I can remember at some point, a couple points–maybe two, three at the most: when I was sobbing so much that i could tell the crying was making the crying more powerful. The sadder I got… the sadder I got.

It was like wohhh… In fact I remember in the eighties. in the mid eighties I developed a hypothesis when i was in UCLA. It had something to do with ions in the universe. It’s like a ‘like’ attracts ‘like.’ In other words, if you get that negative energy going–they’re just there, and they cling to you. And make you feel like you’re weighted down. And they’re sticking to you. Other people might say they were ghosts and spirits or whatever. But the point is that it attracts more. It doesn’t make you feel better. In other words, you feel like you want to get that sadness out of you–but you start to realize, “Hey. It’s starting to generate itself and I can’t control it. What the heck’s going on here?” You don’t want to do it. It’s pointless to do something that’s self-destructive. And that’s what it is. It’s like a feedback loop.

Sorry. Told you I wasn’t gonna but I thought that was kind of interesting because I was noticing that: during all this sadness that I have felt, I didn’t get close to that desperate loss. I mean close. But I did get to that point where I could’ve gone further at least once. I got really sad. It hit me. I just let it hit me. I thought, “okay, I’m fortunately alone” [laughs] So I allowed myself to be sad for a minute, and let it go. That was it. The worst one. The worst one. I let it happen. But I didn’t just dwell on it go, “Nyeh, nyeh, nyeh.” I’d just kind of agree with it. Just let it happen. It was kind of like a burp. I didn’t want to keep like burping. I just let it out.

Here we go. I wasn’t gonna talk. Remember?

How easily can you change your emotions?

How quickly can you stop being sad?

That was the question: How quickly can you stop being sad?

How much time of each day are you having– and in capital letters: FUN? F-U-N. Fun.

How much time of each day are you having fun?

Look at the smile on my face. I’m having fun right now. Yep. This is fun to me.

Last question: What inhibits your having fun?

For me it’s been a house. Not having an iphone. Not having a computer. Not having a place for Bear.

That’s what’s been inhibiting me. I’m having fun now.

I always have fun, no matter what. If I could have more money I could even have more fun. Expand our fun-ness. Buy him some more food.


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Daily Taoist 1_21 – Buddha Zhen Discusses TAO #10 — the Tao of Leadership from the Tao of Taoism

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Alright. How far will I go? I don’t know. I’m still enjoying myself. I think that’s a good sign. So– Let’s do– Let’s do two more.

We’re on NUMBER 10 now. (of the Tao Teh Ching)

Natural leadership is by example and balanced patterns.
Resisting natural progress creates conflicts which are revealed as internal or external disturbances.
More is accomplished by directing natural patterns than by forcefully changing the course of a river.

Unpacking this is a lot of work. Hearing me and not reading it probably makes it a lot harder. Let me just read the whole thing again.

Natural leadership is by example and balanced patterns. Let’s read that one line again.

Natural leadership is by example and balanced patterns. Okay? That makes sense. A parent animal.

Resisting natural progress— What the heck’s this? Like learning to walk maybe?

Resisting natural progress creates conflicts which are revealed as internal or external disturbances.

Ugh. If you were trying not to walk then it would seem like you had mental problems on the inside or whether there was an external problem like your legs are broken. So that’s resisting natural progress. You’ve got to look for what’s wrong. Maybe there isn’t anything wrong. Interesting.

More is accomplished by directing natural patterns.

Directing. Not creating. Directing natural patterns–that you’re kind of urging somewhere.

Than by forcefully changing the course of a river.

Yeah, that’s not urging. Gotta build a dam.

So yes. Okay. So more is accomplished by just gentle, I guess. Gentle pushes than– Same with teaching people characters. And that’s so true of– I was trying to help somebody the other day who’s got a very bad mental problem. He– I teach the mind like in psychology– Let’s get away from the soul thing entirely

I see that in your mind we have a– This goes back to San Diego State University days. I believe that the mind has a– it’s kind of like the subconscious and the conscious. I think we can all agree on that. But I believe there are actually two characters or IDs or egos there. The subconscious is very childlike, and trusting, and non-judgmental. It just believes everything. And then the conscious mind is scrutinizing and can be everything from trusting to not trusting. But it still makes the decisions like a soldier or a policeman. So it’s protecting the subconscious too.

So when a person watches horror movies, the conscious mind has decided, “Oh okay. I’ll get out of the way and let you watch this because it makes you excited… or gives you some emotion. Just creates chemical hormones you know. Transmit when you have fear. So unfortunately that’s not a wise decision for this guy to let the kid watch the horror movies and get scared. Feel those emotions and get those adrenaline rushes.

So anyway, I believe the mind has two different points. That was one of my examples. But anyway.

This person has a real problem with that because the little guy runs the ship. And the conscious person has almost no say in anything. It’s very, it’s really amazing. It’s– That’s why some people think this person is maybe retarded because it’s the kid mind that talks. And the kid mind talks like a little kid and says really five-year old type of things. So some people think this guy must be retarded. But he’s not. The conscious mind is very smart. Very smart. He can do– But for some reason he shut down to let this little kid take over. And his… overall life– we see that from backing up and looking at it: and we see that he’s totally like– his parents just like gave up trying to teach him. And he became a total drug addict and has no… ability to control– control himself.

So the little issue in the brain became the bigger issue in life. And you’ve got somebody whose– Yeah. So, anyway, so you can see how some people are homeless. But he really doesn’t have mental problems. He just– Well he does have a very bad mental problem, but he actually could fix it if he’d just learn how to govern himself. If he could be more self-governing: he’d be a decent person. But he’s given up and let the little kid take over.

Wow. Did I get off course there.

So here we go. I’m gonna read this thing again and then I’m gonna blast down the page and I’m not going to answer any of these questions. Because these would actually– It would depend on what business I’m talking about. How I would answer these questions.

Okay. NUMBER 10: of my book. Which is called Tao of Taoism based on Lao Tzu, the original author, a couple hundred years before Christ, writing his book the Tao Te Ching or Book of Changes. Or Book of All Changes. Or the book of How Everything is Always Changing.

Here we go: NUMBER 10: Natural Leadership is by example and balanced patterns.

That’s the natural kind.

Resisting natural progress creates conflicts which are revealed as internal or external disturbances.

So that’s that guy.

More is accomplished by directing natural patterns than by forcefully changing the course of a river.

And unfortunately the little kid screaming seemed like the river. But it wasn’t.

Okay. Here we go.

Do you enjoy leadership responsibilities?

Do you enjoy leadership responsibilities?

Remember, these are your answers. Don’t answer what you think you’re supposed to answer. Forget that. Don’t forget: this is not about the right answer. Nobody else is even supposed to see this. Okay? Unless you want to share it–which is fine. But this is only for you. So you can look at you.

Here we go: Do you enjoy leadership responsibilities?

What are your basic rules when being a leader?

If you’re a bad leader, you may have really bad rules. Fact is, if you are, you’re going to make rules. The bad leaders make the most rules.

Here we go: What are your basic rules when being a leader?

How do you enforce your rules?

How do you enforce your rules?

What examples do you set for others to follow?

What example do you set for others to follow

When do people tend NOT to follow you or disagree with you?

When do people tend not to follow your or disagree with you?

What are your balanced patterns that aid leading others?

That’s a little more interesting.

What are your balanced patterns– (your balanced patterns) that aid in leading other?

What problems do you consistently find in others?

What problems do you consistently find in others?

How do you influence other people to follow?

How do you influence other people to follow?

How do you reward those who do follow you?

How do you reward those who do follow you?

When people or jobs create difficulty or tension for you– How do you handle stress?

When people or jobs create difficulties, or tension– How do you handle the stress?

How patient are you with those who take advantage of you? Or don’t appreciate you?

How patient are you with those who take advantage of you? Or don’t appreciate you?

Then you can talk about how impatient you are. You get the topic.

Do you enjoy caring for other persons?

I’m not saying ‘will you.’ Remember, think of the truth. Answer truthfully. That’s the most important thing. If you lie to yourself– Gosh. How can you ever get smart?

Do you enjoy caring for other persons?

Do you inquire as to other people’s problems and try to help on a daily basis?

Do you inquire as to other people’s problems and try to help them on a daily basis?

How do you help people?

How do you help people?

Do you mind your own business and stay out of other people’s affairs?

Do you mind your own business and stay out of other people’s affairs?

Do you prefer to stay out of your affairs and private matters?

People are like “AAAAHHHH.” I don’t like my private affairs. I read that wrong.

Do you prefer OTHER people stay out of your private affairs?

Do you have privacy issues? What are they?

Are you usually reluctant to discuss your personal problems? And why?

Are you usually reluctant to discuss your personal problems? And why?

That’s a big answer. You might not get it. You might be, “Oh. My dad was that way.” Maybe actually you can go farther back than that.

Do you believe your privacy is very important and why?

There you go. That’s the last question here, other than: My Shifu’s suggestions. Which I can’t give you.

So anyway, Do you believe your privacy is very important and why?

This is an interesting concept. I wonder if I could use this as a counseling book. I’ve never thought of making money off it that way.

I’d give it to my students and talk to them about it for free.

But what if I did use this on the internet. People somehow respond to these pages. Charge something. I can’t work for free forever.

I’ve been working for fee for thirty years.

Okay. Oh. I’ve got to stop. Alright, eleven minutes?

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Daily Taoist 1_20 – Buddha Zhen Reads TAO #9 and Questions Wisdom from Book of Changes by Lao Tzu

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Sorry. I may have started that last off by getting too involved in explaining how I was a hippie. [laughs] I don’t know if I could get in trouble for what I said, which I didn’t think was– Anyway.

NUMBER 9: Going to extremes is careless and unbalanced.

Wow. That’s interesting. Especially considering what I said. When I started that last one– Too bad I stopped.

Let me read the whole thing. Okay? Because I’m not going to talk during this next one. This is more– These are easy answers so I want you to just think of the answer. I’ll read each question twice. I think I’ve got a system here I’ve developing and I think this might work good.

Okay. So here we are. NUMBER 9 of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. But this is my book called the TAO OF TAOISM. I’ve kind of like reworked this whole thing and then created this question structure to help you integrate this into your life.

Here we go. NUMBER 9:

Unbalance? Imbalance? I said, ‘unbalance.’ Interesting. I’m not sure if I want to keep it that way. But maybe imbalance.

Going to extremes is careless and unbalanced.
To display an outward lack of awareness reflects a deeper inner unbalance.

Know when to change direction. Know when to start a new goal. Know when a direction is completed.

Yeah. Interesting thing about directions in that last one. The mountain? Anyway.

Let’s read the whole thing again.

Going to extremes is careless and unbalanced.

Lao Tzu says so. Okay? [laughs] I mean, you should know that. But okay. Just in case you doubted that simple thing. There it is.

To display an outward lack of awareness. That’d be like pretending to be stupid or not paying attention. Or wearing ear buds.

Reflects a deeper inner unbalance.

Imbalance. So okay, so:

Know when to change direction? Know when to start a new goal. Know when a direction is completed.

Those last three were obviously kind of different. It might all tie together in some way but– Let’s just blast on here. Because my goal was to read the book more than totally explain it.

Extremes and Balances

Here we go.

What do you do to an extreme?

What do you do to an extreme?

What do you do in moderation?

What do you do in moderation?

What do you do too little of?

What do you do too little of?

How can you avoid being extreme?

How can you (you) avoid being extreme?

How can you maintain your moderation?

Gotta try to aim you there.

How can you maintain your moderation?

How can you do more of what you need to do?

Whatever that is. How can you do more of it? (What you need to do.)

Now explain an ideal balance of all three.

Your extreme. Your moderation. And your lacking.

Now what is the balance of that? Because you’re always gonna do more of something and find it easier to keep this one in the middle, and your– too little.

Look at the overall balance now. What are they? How are those things– Okay so: what’re they now? What should they be later? What are they going to be ten years from now. So just think of these balances because they always change, remember?

Book Of Changes

This is the BOOK OF CHANGES. This isn’t saying, “Stay exactly as you are. Keep it that way.” No. It’s saying, “Okay, right here is where you are and you’ve changed to this point.” But maybe you don’t want to still keep following this cycle. Maybe you want to kind of change direction a little bit. So this is where you can view what you’re doing and who you are so you can take control of your life.

Okay. Where were we?

How do you know when you are properly balanced?

So you’ve got to know. I mean, if you’re not balanced. How do you know that? Let’s start by knowing when you’re balanced. Can you determine that?

How do you know when to change directions?

How do you know when to change directions?

How do you know when to start a new goal?

Okay now most people aren’t goal oriented. So you’ve gotta look at this and go, “Oh man…” Some people are going to have trouble with that question. It’s like, “What’s a goal?” But anyway, maybe it’s just to get a pay raise. Maybe it’s to get a new boat. Take a vacation. Goals can be anything you’re aspiring to.

Okay. Here we go.

How do you end a relationship?

Hee-hee-hee. Is it the toothpaste?

How do you end a relationship?

Everybody ends them in different ways. How do you end them? What’s the– What do add into the mix that makes them ‘SNIP.’ Explode and terminite… abort.

When a relationship goes bad, do you prefer for the other person to end it? And why?

That why is important. But first of all, you’ve got to put everything in proper perspective.

Okay let’s say that again.

When a relationship goes bad, do you prefer for the other person to end the relationship? And why?

What do you do to make the other person want to end the relationship?

Come one. Whatever it is you’ve gotta know.

Okay and, How long will you maintain a bad relationship? And why?

There’s a lot of different answers. It’s only your answer that you’re looking for.

Your Inner Spirit

Does your car reflect your inner spirit?

Does your car reflect your inner spirit?

How does your home reflect your inner spirit?

How does your home reflect– (It’s a mirror image of you.) –your spirit?

How does your appearance reflect your inner spirit?

I’m looking at me.

How does your appearance represent your inner spirit?

Well, I’ve got this. And… to be honest with you I’d rather not have it. But I’m starting to get a little wrinkle here. And I soon as I grew it everybody said they liked it and I got this Sean Connery look. So I’m… marketing a little bit. I want to be appealing to some extent. So I’m willing to compromise certain things.

The hair thing. I’ve had long hair. I’ve had really, really long hair. And when I started the Kung Fu Cowboy thing I had hair down to here. And now I’m going shorter than I’ve ever gone before and for more own personal inner spirit– Things are changing for me. I’m in the beginning of a whole new cycle. So I’m looking at myself differently. I have different expecations.

I have to stop being twenty years old. [laughs] And thinking of myself on an album cover. Although, I still want to be on an album cover. But I’ve just got to realize I’m not a pop star anymore.

I don’t know. Even when I say that I don’t believe it. [laughs]

Hey. Where are we? Seven minutes, fifty-eight seconds.

Okay. That was it. Your inner spirit. My inner spirit: I am a pop star. (In my own lunchtime.)

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Daily Taoist 1_19 – Buddha Z TAO #8 of Tao of Taoism — Using the Dao Te Ching to Improve Your Life

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Yeah. I think I’m getting smarter listening to me. [laughs] Seriously. That’s why I wrote this stuff down, you know. Because I can keep revitalizing myself, with some intelligence. A lot of this stuff is great. It’s not like I would have totally forgotten it, but you don’t always think of it. So it’s just kind of nice to recycle some of this stuff.

NUMBER 8 of my book. This is the ugly one isn’t it. There’s a nicer one back there. The TAO OF TAOSIM by me, Buddha Zhen. Richard Del Connor is my driver’s license name.

Okay. NUMBER 8. It looks like there’s four sentences here. Here we go. Remember there were 80 paragraphs is what they kind of were.

Conduct yourself without ambition or envy.

Conduct yourself. It doesn’t say don’t have envy. I said, ‘conduct yourself.’ Remember? Now sometimes you want to really look at the meanings of these words. That’s why I picked these translations. So I hopefully, in my wisdom of twenty, thirty years ago–I was able to come to the right conclusions. Same ones I might now come to.

Like a cloud aimed at a certain mountain–proceed naturally.

Next sentence. Like a cloud aimed at a certain mountain–proceed naturally. Cloud aimed at a mountain. Proceed naturally. And let your destination be whatever becomes of your best efforts.

So you just aim at the mountain. And then you figure wherever you’re gonna hit is the best spot.

That’s a little lackadaisical. But it’s the saying without ambition or envy. So if you’re trying with ambition or envy– then maybe you’re trying to claim something too hard. You’re trying to pick a spot that’s maybe not the best spot for you to land. Or maybe not the best spot for opportunities. You’re judging it by the wrong criteria.

So, once again. Then we will continue.

Let your destination be
whatever becomes of your best efforts.

Conduct yourself without ambition or envy. Like a cloud aimed at a certain mountain, proceed naturally, and let your destination be whatever becomes of your best efforts.

That’s kind of where I’m at right now. That really speaks for my spot.

Be aware of the rewards you receive that were not planned. Know your successes
even if no one else notices or congratulates you.

Be aware of the rewards you receive that were not planned. Know your successes even if no one else notices or congratulates you.

So this is kind of appreciating life. This is a kind of a nice little well-rounded thing about appreciating life in the right manner.

So here we go. Appreciating life makes it fun. You don’t appreciate it–it’s not fun.

Here we go. I’ll read it one more time. This time without stopping.

Conduct yourself without ambition or envy.
Like a cloud aimed at a certain mountain,
proceed naturally and let your destination be whatever becomes of your best efforts.
Be aware of the rewards you receive that were not planned.
Know your successes even if no one else notices or congratulates you.

Hey, that’s good advice for me. So figure out how that’s good advice for you.

Now here’s the questions I’ve got to help that pertain to you on page 18 now.

How are you useful to those around you?

One more time. I’ll read each one twice and we’ll go kind of fast.

How are you useful to those around you?

How are you flexible in attaining your goals?

How are you flexible in attaining your goals?

What unintended rewards have you received lately?

What unintended rewards have you received lately?

What was a recent accomplishment that no one else noticed?

What was a recent accomplishment, of yours, that no one else noticed?

Were you as satisfied with this accomplishment as if you had been noticed?

Were you as satisfied with this accomplishment as if you had been noticed?

What do you seek from others for recognition?

What do you seek from others for recognition?

What aspects of you are not appreciated enough by others?

That’s a good thing I’m not talking on this page. I’d chew your ear off. [laughs]

What aspects of you are not appreciated enough by others?

What aspects of your ‘not appreciated enough’ are from yourself?

What aspects of your not being appreciated are from yourself?

That’s a tough one. I didn’t word that as well on your page.

What do you envy about anyone else lately?

What do you envy about anyone else lately?

What do you desire the most now?

What do you desire the most now?

Accomplishment Destinations

When other people attain what you desire–how much envy do you feel?

When other people attain what you desire–how much envy do you feel?

Now this next one has three lines on it. It says 1-2-3 on each line so you’re supposed to think of three things. So I’ll read the question three times.

What are your next three accomplishment destinations?

Interesting. That could mean different things to different people so I don’t want to elaborate. So think of one.

Accomplishment destinations.

Now let me read it again because’ you’ve got to put three of them.

What are your next three accomplishment destinations?

One more time.

What are your next three accomplishment destinations?

Okay. Next one.

How respected are you by others? And why?

How respected are you by others? And why?

How would you like to be more respected?

How would you like to be more respected?

How are you going to attain this respect?

How are you going to attain this respect?

Do you enjoy being alone? And why? (Or why not.)

Do you enjoy being alone? Explain.

Do you actively seek to be alone as much as possible? (Or not.) And why?

Do you actively seek to be alone as much as possible? And why? (And if not, explain.)

Last question: What are your activities when you’re alone?

One more time: What are your activities when you’re alone?

Alright. That was NUMBER 8 of the Tao of Taoism. It’s right there over my shoulder. [laughs] Alright.

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Daily Taoist 1_18 – Buddha Zhen Reads TAO #7 of the Tao of Taoism — Using the Dao Te Ching

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Well, that mosquito hawk went down with one swing. This thing is a weapon. So this is a valuable notebook / anti-aircraft weapon. Took out a mosquito hawk in one swing. Of course, they are very slow. [laughs] You couldn’t ask for a better– Well they do zig-zag around you know. Anyway… yeah.

I wiped it off. I didn’t see any bug guts here. But this is now a– What did I do with it… This was…. Shine some light on here. I wiped it off. If there were any bug guts on here–maybe I got it off. Okay.

So back to our lesson. Sheesh. Okay. We were on NUMBER 7 over here.

As one argument begins, another is ended.

Interesting way to say it. It’s not saying, As one ended, one is beginning. It’s when another one starts. It’s kind of like if you’re not paying attention. It doesn’t exist. There’s lots of arguments that can be starting all the time. But it’s the moment you actually become involved in it–that you are now in the next project. (Is the way to look at it).

That’s why I as an artist have found that I really have to do one project at a time. It’s kind of like why I’m here. I got to thinking, ‘Well if I go in there and start doing this… then I’m gonna come back here… and reset up… and I’m moving the camera… and it’s like… Well I’m complicating things.

But somehow I kind of like what we’re doing here in the format. And I’m thinking that if I do release these over time maybe I can kind of build a following. Because even though I’ve been publishing for four or five years or more… I’ve just kind of put them out when I’ve had an event. I’m not a regular poster. So by building up all this ammunition and kind of maybe putting them out on a weekly basis–perhaps you guys will appreciate that. [laughs]

So that’s what I’m thinking right now. I’m looking for a way to build my, my following. My following. I’ve never called it that but I guess that’s what it is. But… my base. “My fan base.” That’s what I would have called it before. And so anyway, maybe this is going to be one of tools to do something. So, otherwise I’m going to go back in there and try to make some money. Make the audio-book like I said, try to sell some products through Audible. Get on Audible.com

But anyway, here’s my– I’m practicing with this book and what I’m going to do. Because I’m really not sure. I’m honestly not. I never planned on making this an audiobook. Some of my books I plan on making audiobooks: like Sid’s Place, and Masonic Kung Fu–I’ve actually recorded–not the whole thing. I’ll have to start over…

Here we go.

Who else do you argue with and why?

Besides your parents and your loved ones–who else do you argue with?

I was arguing with Oscar. I think that’s what I said in his Eulogy. I kind of said, “Thank you for arguing with me.” But it was–in his case–it was really interesting. Because he wasn’t really a fan in some ways. He never liked my folk rock music. He was one of those German heavy metal people. He liked the singer that sounded like he was channeling Satan or some demon through him. That was the kind of music he liked… He gave me all kinds of copies of it. So I’ve got some on my phone. I’ve tried listening to it. But it just doesn’t motivate me. That grinding doesn’t–you know–resonate with me, like it did for him so– So he never was even much of a music fan. But he did like a lot of the other things I do. [laughs]

Here we go.

What is it that you want to teach the world in general?

In other words, everybody’s going to say, “Oh I wish the world this–,” “Or I wish…” Everybody’s got something. What would you– What do you think the world would be better off if they knew? Or behaved like? Or something…

What have you achieved that you would like others to achieve?

So how are you setting the example? How are you the role model here?

What would you achieve that seems too difficult?

So what are your challenges? What should you achieve?that seems too difficult?

What habits, fears, and insecurities do you need to lose?

Let’s work around. Let’s get it all out there. By the time you put all this out here you can kind of see what’s going on here.

It’s kind of like looking at all the terrain. How many fences do you have? Where’s the bathroom? Let’s put your life together here a little bit.

What does the world– How does the world limit you?

That’s a big question. You make your own perspective.

Sometimes to me–it’s almost superstitious. I think, ‘The world doesn’t want me to be successful. Why aren’t my books selling? My albums? Is the world limiting me? Trying to keep me poor?’ [laughs]

Is it the Mormons working against me? Gotta have to realize I’m not marketing well.

So maybe this is a good marketing thing I’m doing right now. Instagram. I don’t know if I can make any money off these. I’m doing this for free. Just for your benefit. And like I said, I’m not completely altruistic. I really want to build my fan base.

What is your current career cycle?

This is a little confusing. Something I probably should elaborate on. I don’t know how much I elaborate in the book. But we’re talking about life being in cycles. And you have a education cycle. The elementary school thing I think is a cycle. The middle school. And the high school. These are all like little cycles. They have beginning, middles and ends to them. So they’re like cycles. Even if they might be shorter or longer–they’re still to me cycles. So that’s what I’m talking about.

So we go through cycles in employment. Like maybe the first couple years you know you just work for your parents. And then the next couple of years you are a volunteer for something… But anyway, each of these is a cycle.

So what is your current career cycle?

Okay, you know what your end career cycle is and where you’re going. But what is your current career cycle?

What is your current love cycle?

Some people are in that you know just don’t want to date, or I want to do this… I’m in school. Or I want to get married. Or I am married…

What is your current physical cycle?

So where you at there? Think of yourself as a kid. As a teenager. Where you are now. Has it all been the same? Or you know– What…We’re looking at you.

Describe your position in your career–current career cycle.

So if you can kind of visualize the–it has a beginning, middle, and an end. Where are you in that? Are you in the end of it? Are you in the beginning of your–

I’m at the beginning of my current career cycle. I’m just starting all kinds of stuff so I’m at the very beginning of my current career cycle.

Describe your position in your current love cycle.

Ah. I’ve got my cat. That’s it. I’m really really happy. And he gives me head butts and nuzzles me everyday… And when I really want some attention I’ll just grab him and hug him. Pick him up and he’ll purr. Or I’ll just lay down and he’ll sit on my chest. And that’s enough. I’m happy. Ahh. Contact and a little compassion. So that’s my love cycle. So I’m kind of in the middle of it. I figure he’s probably got another ten years to live. He’s about– How old are you? Five years. Six years old. So we’re kind of in the middle of my love cycle with him.

But I did sign up for that senior– You know that bachelor thing. The senior love thing– whatever it is. I just sent in an application. I don’t even know if they’ll respond to it. I tried to make myself sound as honest as I could. I’m pretty whacky. [laughs] In terms of the normal man. Remember, I’m not the normal working class kind of guy. I’m an artist and a musician so I think they’d probably want to throw me in the mix. We’ll see. Anyway.

What is the end of this current physical cycle?

I’m actually looking–trying to look about ten, twenty years– In the next ten years, which is what it’s going to take me to get through this Shaolin Chi Mantis program. I’m not sure if I’ll make it all the way because I’ve got to go back and do Buddha Kung Fu and Tai Chi Youth. And nobody cares about the advanced program in this. Nobody gets that far. So when I finish this Beginner Program I’m not even going into the Intermediate–I’m going back and I’ll probably do Tai Chi Youth. And then I’ll jump ahead and do Buddha Kung Fu. And then when I’m… done with that: I’ll be– I’ll be good enough. You know. And if anybody was really ambitious and they make all three of those programs they’ll more Kung Fu than they need. If they want the Praying Mantis then–I don’t know. I’m not guaranteeing I’ll ever do the Praying Mantis. Get to that. There’s no demand for it. So I don’t know If I want to spend three years doing something nobody wants. [laughs]

Especially my last years.

So anyway, I’m looking at my next ten years and how to get all this Kung Fu done. So anyway. That’s my physical cycle.

So I’m at the beginning of this last– It’s not my last one. It’s just my last big one. Because then I’m gonna have to take it a little easier. I might not be able to push myself as hard. So, I don’t know. I don’t want to ever grow old. But I think at some point I’m going to have to admit I’m old.

So I’m thinking now that I’m 66. So I figure I’ll go to 76 full blast and see if I can’t just pretend that I’m not, like, an old man. See what happens. [laughs] Hope I don’t blow up.

Because really, I don’t have any restrictions on me right now. I go, go go through the workout. And boom. I don’t give myself any slack. So I’m gonna keep going through the workouts and not give myself any slack and that’s where I’ll be. And I’ll kind of be establishing what this program can do too. Because I’m a 66 year old man. I’m in decent shape though.

So anyway. What other cycles am I in? My business cycle. All my cycles are starting over. Are basically starting. The last six years of being a homeless Shaolin monk kind of put my life into storage. It was a cycle of just kind of burrowing stuff away. Gathering the acorns. Burying them and protecting them for six years. It was a very defensive, scary existence. It was amazing how much I was able to be happy the last six years of–

Anyway. Let’s get out of here. How long has it been? Nine minutes. Right before it’s ten.

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Daily Taoist 1_17 – Buddha Zhen Reads TAO #7 of Tao of Taoism based upon Dao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

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Okay. Going on with my shiny head.

NUMBER 7: of the Tao Te Ching. According to me, Buddha Zhen.

As one argument begins, another is ended.
Eventually, all things started will end.
It is the cycle of beginnings and conclusions that should be viewed from as far away as possible;
rather than be caught in the middle, or on either side, where the viewpoint is limited.

Okay. There’s a lot to unpack in that one. Okay? So. Remember he was actually–Lao Tzu was a politician. He had something to do with the managerial parts of the government. I don’t actually know much about it. Like I said, I’m not a Lao Tzu expert. I just happened to get his book and go, “Ooooh.” [laughs]

I liked his stuff. Thank you, Lao Tzu. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Okay. So let’s see. Here we go NUMBER 7:

First sentence. As one argument begins, another is ended.

Okay. I’m thinking of several things, but you may think of something I don’t so I don’t want to hamper your thoughts.

So here: Next one. Eventually, all things started will end.

Okay. Now that sounds simplistic but put it in perspective. Because we just talked about something starting and ending. An argument… An argument. By saying eventually all things started will end: an argument will end. You might die, and that might be the end of the argument. [laughs] Anyway…

It is the cycle of beginnings and conclusions that should be viewed.

How long does that take? That’s got new thoughts coming into my mind.

So in other words, it is the cycle of beginnings and conclusions. The startings and endings of all these arguments — that should be viewed from as far away as possible– not in the middle or not on either side to be able to see them all. So it’s gotta be far away.

There’s that mosquito hawk.

“Bear. Snack.” He can hear it I think. Let’s see… This is a big one. I’m distracted. I’m gonna have to get that bug so I’m not distracted.

Okay. So here we go. So in other words, if you really want to see the big picture…

Here we go. Do you argue with your parents? Explain.

Do you argue with your loved ones? Explain.

It’s coming over here. [mosquito hawk] I’m gonna smack it with my book. Sorry. ‘SMACK.’

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Daily Taoist 1_16 – Buddha Zhen Reads TAO #6 PART 2 of Tao of Taoism self-help inspired by Lao Tzu

Buddha Zhen starts over on TAO #6 after killing a mosquito hawk with his Tao Te Ching notebook he reads from. In Daily Taoist 16 Buddha Z discusses the yin and yang of character: the positive and negative character. Can you face the truth and see how your negative and positive characters balance each other?

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Alright. I don’t know if I’ll post that last one if there was anything there.

Anyway, #6:

Distinguishing between opposites creates the illusory value of each one.

In other words, that’s creating prejudice.

Okay, so real quickly because we already covered this in case I post that last one.

How do you value or rate the strengths of your positive character?

Okay. The part of you that positive things presumably.

How do you value or rate the strengths of your negative character?

That part of you that is maybe self-destructive, angry, emotional, bitter… and something.

How does your positive character control your negative character?

Hopefully– I don’t know. Is the next question going to be the opposite? [laughs] Probably. So how does your positive character influence your negative character?

You know. If you’re emotional or anger. If you have anger issues. How do you– What is the positive– What is your way of dealing with it. Even if it’s not working well. What is it?

And how does your negative character control your positieve character? Maybe… that’s definitely the case with some people. I mean, somebody’s gonna be more one than the other. So is it gonna be negative or positive?

How can your positive character be better utilized?

Okay… not think about the negative. What about the positive? What can you do with that positive character? Just get more done. Or do something. What does it want to do? Okay.

How can your negative character be better utilized?

Now there you go. Now if you do have some sort of negative issues or qualities perhaps you can channel them into something. I don’t know. If you’re really angry you might get a job digging ditches and swinging a sledge hammer. [laughs] Might make you feel real good. I did that.

So anyway, how can your positive and negative characters be better balanced?

Okay. Now you can’t get anywhere until you admit the truth.

Mosquito hawk came in with Bear a minute ago. I got distracted. Pardon me. “Kill the spider.”

Okay so anyway that’s NUMBER 6. We made it. Two minutes! There’s a record.

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Daily Taoist 1_15 – Buddha Zhen Reads Tao #6 PART 1 of Tao of Taoism based upon Dao Te Ching

Buddha Zhen reads TAO #6 of the TAO OF TAOISM – Using the Dao Te Ching to Improve Your Life.

This Tao is still dealing with opposites and good and bad and right and wrong and up and down and prejudice.

This Daily Taoist episode is interrupted by a mosquito hawk that enters with his cat, Bear. Buddha Z ends abruptly to deal with this pest.

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Hello. I’m back, and… we’re on page 15 of 62 or something? Yeah, 62. Yeah. Let’s get another one of these out.

Just want to blaze ahead here for some reason. I guess I just wanna– I’m excited about getting some of this stuff out.

Here we go. NUMBER 6:

Oh, remember? We didn’t summarize on the end of that last one. Remember we were talking about, “Describe your overall balance of opposites and some things?” And so remember then, we go back to the original Lao Tzu and in particular, the first line,

“THE VALUE OF OPPOSITES AMOUNTS TO NOTHING.”

Okay, so I said, “Don’t take it so literally. Try to look for the meaning: something more substantial in there.” Find a pearl of wisdom. Maybe Lao Tzu didn’t think of that. If you can find something even bigger and better… Like I said, “Like a mathematical equation.”

Here we go. NUMBER 6:

Distinguishing between opposites creates the illusory value of each one.

That’s what we’re doing in America right now. As we separate– As soon as we say one side is great, we’ve separated them more. You can’t– Anyway.

Distinguishing between opposites creates the illusory value of each one.

Or lack of value. Value isn’t always a plus. It can be a minus. So by distinguishing sometimes — it’s prejudice. You’re picking them out. You’re lowering the value. Trump purposely tries to do that. He actually tries to demean and devalue people. See. So at one time he might be pumping somebody up. But he spends as much time– If he does that he spends a lot of time cutting people down and trying to devalue them. So you shouldn’t do that. That’s wrong to pick those people out and make them special because that means your picking other people out and making them un-special.

So distinguishing between opposites creates the illusory value of each one.

Here we go.

How do you value or rate the strengths of your positive character?

Everybody thinks they have a positive character. Well they do. [laughs] Some of these positive characters seem very negative to me. But their negative character to me is a monster. So I guess it’s just a– You take the extremes and you move them on the scale. Right across the middle here is a content happy cow in the field. And down here is the angry badger type of thing. And then up here is the happy crane type of thing you know.

Well, the higher you get up here means the farther you fall when you get upset.

And the more you’re down here, then when something happens you get really excited, you see.

But if you just kind of stay here in the middle, “Oh, that was nice.” “Oh, that was kinda bad.” “Oh that was nice.”

But anyway, like I said, don’t try to separate the opposites. The more you do–the more, the more it goes wrong.

How do you value or rate the strengths of your negative character?

So that goes for you. How far off that middle do you go? How far are you willing to stretch the truth? How far do you go to keep the truth?

“Hello Bear.” He was outside. “Hello adventurer.”

Actually I kicked him outside. He hadn’t been out today so I like pushed him out the front door. So he’d go out there and do some–

Ooops! Somebody came in with you. Hold on. We’ve got some creature came in. I’ve got to deal with.

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