Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Plug for someone else.

OK, so I've been studying Tai Chi lately and, like getting into Taoism wtih a little Zen Buddhism thrown in. (Eat me, "Josh") It's been really bitching and relaxing and such. Anyway, I came across this cat named Paul Read, AKA "The Teapot Monk."He's a Brit who lives in Spain. He wrote this book called "The Manual of Bean Curd Boxing and the Noble Art of Leaving Things Undone."

It is totally in-line with The Dude and the whole vibe we got going here at the Pie. Except when "Josh" checks in and harshes our Buzz.

Anyway, you can check out Teapot's other shizz at The Bean Curd Boxer blog.

Along those lines, Paul hipped me to a rendition of the Tao Te Ching (Absolute total Dude) by Ron Hogan called "Getting Right With The Tao" which is an incredibally awesome 21st century spin on Taoist thought. Some samples:
"The Master leads by clearing the crap out of people's heads and opening their hearts."
Or this gem:
"You can't see Tao, but it's there.
Damned if I know where it came from.
It's just always been around."

Man, you can't make up spiritual shit like that.
And speaking of the Dude and the Tao Te Ching, how about The Church of the Latter Day Dude's "The Dude De Ching" which interprets the Tao Te Ching with lines and concepts from The Big Lebowski.


  1. I took a class on Tai Chi. I never got in to it as some did although it does have it's rewards.

  2. It does indeed, Bill. I think a lot of it depends on who you get for a teacher. Some of the people I've seen online seem like Jack LaLane, or Ron Popeil. "Tai Chi! It calms. It centers. And for only $9.95, a Hell of a dea!!"


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