The Rambling Taoists

This blog focuses on a discussion of the world of ideas from the standpoint of philosophical Taoism

Misc. Writings

While we have an index page devoted solely to Scott’s musings on the Zhuangzi, here is where you will find the index to the rest of his writings.  Topics covered include various writings about philosophical Taoism, Zen, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism and several posts which defy isms altogether! 🙂

September 2013
The Seventh Seal Revisited, Part 1 & Part 2

July 2013
Six Daos

May 2013
More on Xunzi, Part 4: Benevolent Soldiers“God in the Dock”On Being Momentary, Part 1On (Not) Being QueerSelections from Xunzi, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 & Part 6

April 2013
Being ResponsibleOccupying Oneself, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 & Part 5More on HappinessBeing a SnakeResponse to Panikkar, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3Do Ideas Matter?Cutting a Path to the RiverThe Human HillJesus Lived for Your SinsUpaya: Universal ProvisionalityThis Statement Is FalseTrinitarian RealityThe One and OnenessThe Land Up-Over

March 2013
Embracing FutilityThe Plumage We HaveThe Unity of IsSubsumed But AffirmableSeeing the AntOnly a Sage Would KnowAlways PerfectGrafted to IdentityThe Transforming NatureWhat Does Dao Lack?One of UsA Cure for Bad MedicineSmelling the FlowersThe True WayLiving RealityThe One Revealed, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3No More, Still MoreHeart to HeartDao Falls AgainNatural HealingI Had No IdeaName, Part 1 & Part 2Shame, Part 1 & Part 2BlameApophatismThe Dry HeavesThe Simple Way, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4The Way of Yin

February 2013
The Shamanic Life-WorldThe Best They CanYour Hard-HeartednessOn HypocrisyEvil in a Deck of Cards, Part 1 & Part 2Observe TogetherThe Tyranny of IdeasMiserably WiseTrue ForgivenessHow to Be HeavenlyNothing to DoRighteous Non-AngerWho’s to Blame?Speaking for the Forest

January 2013
The Church of MeThe Urge to MergeAll About MeDeeply OffendedI Just Wanna Be SomeoneI Don’t Think of YouJust Say No to Preconditions

December 2012
Going Against the GrainTransparently GroundedA Great GiftThe Twenty-Seventh CandleThe Church of Pernicious Oneness Revisited

November 2012
Global ResponsibilityHomo Sapiens: From Ascent to ExtinctionWhy I Support[ed] RomneyMaking the Tally WholeExtending DeFrom the Book of Tzu-Youzi: Neither Rank Nor Sweet ♦ From the Book of Tzu-Youzi: The Stream of Transformation

October 2012
The Xin-Xin Ming, Part 9 & Part 10Letting Things HappenBlessed Are the MeekThe Night HorizonThe Simple Way I: Embracing the MessYes and NoMetaphysical NakednessSinlessnessNietzsche II: The Will to PowerNietzche III: A Sense of HistoryNietzche VI: The Uber-ManNietzche VII: The Final Recurrence – Yes!At the End of All Belief

September 2012
Straight ShootingOne Tiny Ember, Part 1Letting the Spark DieHearts UnfoldPerfectionTrust YourselfThe True LiberalLike the SeasonsSelections from GibranWho Would Have Thought It?Neither NorExceptions to the RuleThe Enlightened DroneHomo ViatorThe Quibbling MindAlas, It’s Not About MeHow to Boil WaterTruth Is SubjectivityReligious NaturalismUnborn AgainTrusting TrustSpirituality Is PsychologicalDust in the WindThe Xin-Xin Ming, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 & Part 8

August 2012
Rabbit Stew HappensThe ChasmThe View from DaoOrdinary Mind Is DaoExcruciating Inner AnguishThe EmptinessThe Four Spiritual LawsIn the Beginning, Part 1 & Part 2Human Nature, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3No MoreGetting ItFactsNamelessnessFinding a ModelTruly AmoralRepent and Be Saved!True SexA Good Spiritual ShitIn Your FaceAmazing GraceSputtering

July 2012
None of This Is TrueGateless DaoOn Being the Absolute MasterSo What??Mu, Part 1 & Part 2  ♦ Loving What Is, Part 2 & Part 3Causation, Part 1 & Part 2On Being DaoThe Altar CallJust As It IsDo the Dishes, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3How to Cure the HiccoughsOne FistT.U.D.Being the Eternal TruthThe End of BecomingBeyond BehaviorPoor KittyTrue ContentmentRice Bag!One Branch

June 2012
In the WorldWhy I Don’t Support ObamaThree BusinessesTaking My Dao to the LaundromatThe Way of Water: Occupying the Low Ground, Part 1 & Part 2The View From NowhereStraw Dogs, Part 1 & Part 2Dao I: Ultimate RealityDao II: A State of MindDao III: A WayThe World Made Up ♦ A Perfect Fit

May 2012
Spinoza: The Hideous HypothesisSpinoza: Knowing ThyselfImagination: Or the Importance of Not Taking Things Too SeriouslyVastness and VoidnessPhilosophical DaoismThe Ironic DaoRiding the DragonThe Way of the SageLoving What Is

April 2012
The VastnessHedonists AllMarch the SixthThe ApologyUniversal Priesthood, Part 1 & Part 2The Good SerpentThe Golden CowrieThe 98 PercentEmbracing the Inevitable, Part 2Nothing MattersThe Spirit of NonpartisanshipMore on the Simple WayThe “Boo”merangThe Problem of Conscience, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3It’s God’s DogA Potpourri of Quotes IZeroI Believe in God ♦ Going Viral IIOn Being Unlimited, Part 1 & Part 2

March 2012
Yuan Dao: Dao SurfingYuan Dao: Emergent DaoYuan Dao: A Heart Like a Mirror, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3Yuan Dao: Objectless ObjectivityRelational RealityMore on Getting ItTurned Inside OutFinding a StandardDaoist KoansNothing to Live ForHence IHence II: Taking Your PlaceboThe MessDancing Your Own DanceScott Bradley, Please Shut UpShould I Shut Up?Understanding the Journey, Part 1 & Part 2Some Harmony, Part 1 & Part 2Today I MournCast Off the Lines, Part 1 & Part 2

February 2012
Theoretical Sages, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3A Box of Egos: GoodbyeImagine, Part 1 & Part 2Accumulating RighteousnessDramaCommitting YangTo Nowhere and BackMy Death Is GoodDeath Is GoodPresuming Too MuchYou’re An AssFollowing Two TaosWorrying the BoneAbout GodBe YourselvesIt’s Own RewardSelf-AwarenessThe False DilemmaHearing the Single SoundHerd BoundWhy we SpeakCritical Zero Revisited, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3Flux, Part 1 & Part 2The Confucian ProjectEmpty Again, Part 1 & Part 2Yuan Dao: “Han Thinking”Yuan Dao: The Sum of DaosYuan Dao: Dao as Process

January 2012
A VastnessNo Scripture ♦ On Being SoftFleeing the World IIMaking the Way GreatThey Are the SameMaking a WheelLive and Let LiveA Box of EgosOn This Side of the MoonLiving the LieGround Zero RevisitedCall It DeathA Box of Egos: An Update ♦ No-SoulThe Way Fails TooTeachersSimply BadLiving With VipersDo You Exist?A Box of Egos: Do They Exist?The Strong and the WeakAffirm or DenyThe Wrecktification of NamesThe Field is EmptyWhy I Am Not a TaoistA Box of Egos: Are They Real? ♦ A Heart Like a MeadowAssertiveness and Receptivity, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3Speaking of Insufficiency, Part 1 & Part 2Speaking of LiberationA Box of Egos: Are They All the Same?

December 2011
The Problem with BuddhismFoolsball ♦ EmpathyZen and TaoHsin-Hsin Ming, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9 & Part 10Meister Eckhart, Part 1 & Part 2Being NothingSelf-Improvement, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4Letting Be, Part 1 & Part 2MadhyamikaGreat SmilesTrue Self Is No SelfThe SenselessBig HairIsn’t This Fun? ♦ Climbing the Inner MountainYouWhere Are the Prophets? Lo AmiMore or LessGetting ItI Feel My Yang Arisin’No Conditions to MeetTwo MoonsA Response to Yang Rising and Other Stuff ♦ Is There Death Before Life?, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4How I’m Different

November 2011
Do We Require a Teacher? ♦ Unfettered ♦ Nihilism ♦ Click, Click, Click + Minding the Essential Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 ♦ Pfft! ♦ Yes…But ♦ Pure-Heartedness ♦ Neurological Enlightenment, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 ♦ Hard Words ♦ Being and Becoming, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 ♦ Get Along Little Doggie ♦ How I Became Immortal and Saved the World from Mindless Bliss ♦ The Sage Is No One ♦ How To Be Sick

October 2011
Finding Your Master + Knowing Thyself + Contention + Realizing More Self + More About Words + Gain & Loss + The Most Intimate + Are You Deluded? + Here I Stumble, Part 1 + Immortality + The Wrong Way + Wu-Wei + Merit + Bringing It All Together, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 + The Story, Part 1 & Part 2, I, Heretic + An Apology…Sort Of + Pernicious Oneness + Prescriptions + Subjective Thinking + Moo! + Finding Nothing + Compassion + Alan Watts Didn’t Get It + The Mouse Wars

September 2011
Monism + Hallejulah + All Too Clear + Zen Kusai + Taking Zen to the Laundry Mat + The Attainment of Non-Attainment + A Boneless Tongue + Heroes + Over-Belief + You Stink + The Tomato + The Cat Killer + Morbidity Rules + Clearly + Anonymous I + Clearly II + The Ordinary Mind + Anonymous 2A: Condemned by Heaven + Mazu + What I Believe + Xuedou: Two Too Many + A Sticky View + Beyond Good and Evil + Suicide: What a Chuckle + Anonymous 3A & 3B

August 2011
Against Polemics + 500 Words + Myth, Faith and Trust + Blabber + Creation Groaneth + Riding An Ox + Out of the Tao + The Uncarved Block + It Matters Not + Nothing To Become + Every Day + Begging Water + This Road + A Leap of Faith + The Perennial Religion + The Solitary Path + The Meeting + The Way Out + Full Of It + “This” + Letting Go + Here There Was a Barn + Did Mickey Laugh? + Metaphysical Realism + Closer to Reality? + Happiness

July 2011
Critical Zero + Exceptional Men + Which Way? + Opinions + Love + A Philosophy of Cope + I Am a Mystery + Thanks + Ontic Apophaticism + One Noble Question + Is + Critical Zero II + Yes! II + This Is It + Inside Out + If You Meet the Buddha + Gates + Religious Atheism

June 2011
Willy the Worm + A Gift from the Earth + Wasted Lives + The Golden Line of Truth + Duskies + A Sea of Grass + Grace + The Truth + Wildness + Thank You Snake! + Ahimsa + A World Without You + The Flower Unseen + Man on the Moon + Advaita I + The Jains + The New Age Meets the New World Order + Optimistic Pessimism + The Pride of Life + My Satanic Verses + Other People

May 2011
In the Dock ♦ Ashamed ♦ Those Wily Taoists ♦ Selections From the Master ♦ Amen ♦ Finding the Bedrock ♦ Inclusion ♦ Insouciance ♦ Keep Out of the Reach of Children ♦ Rubbed the Wrong Way ♦ Trees ♦ Word-Worship ♦ Did the Jews Kill Jesus? ♦ Irony ♦ On Being Human ♦ Good Coffins ♦ Are We Still Here? ♦ True Believers ♦ Purpose ♦ Honesty ♦ Selections from Mencius I ♦ Selections from Mencius II ♦ Gone ♦ Bemuddled

April 2011
Just Now + Nothing’s Sacred ♦ Baad Karma ♦ Seng Ts’an: The Third Zen Patriarch ♦ Seng Ts’an: The Hsin-Hsin Ming ♦ Silence ♦ Fa-Jung ♦ Ma-Tsu ♦ Word-Crime ♦ Why I Don’t Respond ♦ A Piece of Shit ♦ Meditative Activity ♦ Philosophy ♦ Like Water ♦ Thankfulness Arises ♦ No Conditions to Meet ♦ Dear Diary ♦ On Being a Sage ♦ Feng Lui ♦ Surrender in Trust ♦ Cross-Eyed

March 2011
Spiritual Warfare, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 ♦ The Project: A Disclaimer ♦ The Project: Growing a Philosophy of Life ♦ Let’s Pretend: How Would It Feel…? ♦ How Would It Feel? ♦ Mysticism Without Metaphysics ♦ Tao in the Age of Dinosaurs II ♦ Gnosticism  ♦ The Brain Is the Mind ♦ Expose Yourself + The Wiz I ♦ The Wiz II: The Wicked Witch ♦ The Wiz III ♦ Yes! ♦ Kierkegaard ♦ Right and Wrong ♦ Experiencing Understanding ♦ What’s At Stake Here? ♦ Affirmation ♦ Socrates: A Man With a Mission ♦ Socrates: The Midwife ♦ Socrates: On the Good ♦ Socrates: Know Thyself

February 2011
Self-Esteem…Who Needs It? ♦ Beware the Smile of Eli

Mr. Ray, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4 ♦ Rooted in the Boundless ♦ Tao in the Age of Dinosaurs

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