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14 to 18 days before the New Moon
We begin with a cup of tea and a conversation
about the I Ching as guide and teacher.
In the conversation an inquiry is contemplating
and composed as an inquiry of the I Ching Oracle.
Using three coins, cast them six times, noting how they
fell each time. The Oracle responds showing a pathway. Next,
enter the path of a 72 day zen shojourn
Tao Time Master
Currents of the Occurring Worlds
Bruder is a life student of the Tao through the I Ching.
Since 1976 he has been applying the I Ching to his self
the way psychoanalysts and Zen teachers apply psychoanalysis
or Zen to themselves before presenting to others.
studies of Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian
I Ching texts towards mastery of the 'hall of
mirrors at the end of a giant kaleidoscope' continues
today. His intellectual journey is to match the
complexity of ordinary real life with total coherence
of the three views of Chinese thought.
is cyclical and sequential; a series of events and episodes
that advances or reverses goals and aspirations.
use of and learning from the experience is a key
component of a well lived life. Using the Tao Time path
changes the social, cultural, technological and economic
push/pulls into a flow that is navigable.
Bruder, a business intelligence consultant, invites
you to play the infinite game.
Transformative Tao Sojourns
The path follows two and a half
lunar cycles beginning at a New Moon and completing on the
third Full Moon. Fourteen touchstones and lessons
are available throughout your journey.
Nature of Transformative Tao
Taoism is difficult to define. It is the
object of its own attention, the means and matters, a manner
of expression that varies vastly. There is no conceptual
framework encompassing all the manifestations of Taoism's
thought and action.
The unity is internal; a means of holding
the external occurring world as material. According to Huainanzi,
the Tao is that by virtue of which the mountains are
high, the oceans deep, by virtue of which animals run, birds
fly, the sun and moon are bright. Thomas Clearly interprets
this to say Tao is the general and specific law of the universe.
Everything has it's Tao, and every Tao is a reflection of
the Great Tao, the universal Tao that underlies all things.
Transformative Tao encapsulates a Zen Taoism
through a process of following an inquiry. The mechanism
that fires a Transformative Tao experience is an I Ching
hexagram response to a specific inquiry.
The Transformative Tao use of the I
Ching is the gradual enlightenment understanding of
the text as a representation of the total process of a structured
praxis. The means and matters, habits and happenstance,
encounters and manifestations of the external world are
held as material expressions of becoming enlightened.
Transformative Tao uses one of the most
distinguished contributions of esoteric Taoism to I
Ching learning; I Ching mandala's. A Transformative
Tao mandala is pictured below.
Transformative Tao carries on the diagrams
and arcana attributed to Taoist fangshi of the
Han dynasty (206BC-219CE) that became public during the
Song dynasty (960-1278CE).
The mandala's contain both the practical
meditative lore behind the I Ching and structured
programs for reading the text.
Transformative Tao is an open channel
to, in Taoist lore; mystic luxuriant gardens with vast
skies above. One sojourns their world within worlds in
a Zen Shojo, The transformative nature is becoming
free of suffering, chaos and absurdity while moving through
the occurring world. Living becomes instinctual and intuitive,
creativity flows, time loses it's meaning, the ten thousand
things appear and drop away in the nature of the time
one is in. That's Transformative.
Participants receive a Twelve Branches
Workbook specific to the hexagram image to be used throughout
the time period between three moons of the Chinese lunar
year. An email lesson arrives at every branch detailing
the 14 part seminar . Monday and Wednesday Tao Times are
open throughout the length of the process. Participants
refer to the I Ching text of their choice
Example of a Transformative Tao mandala
branches in their order.
Example of a Branch. each branch covers
six days, includes an area to cast a personal hexagram for
the period, detail a plan to accomplish, note at each line/day
the essence of your experience and two blocks to note the
unexpected and a summary comment
Be in a time of blossoming