Bodey Taoism, Jane Ism, Jay Nelson discussed on Awakening with Jay Nelson Forrest
Welcome to awaken in, I'm Jay Nelson forest today. I'm going to be talking about the wheel of the year. Now the wheel of the year is my version of it. There are several pagan versions of the wheel the year. The most common is within Wicca, the of course, have the winter and summer solstice and the spring, and fall equinoxes. And then they'll have the festivals between there. So usually end up with eight spokes on the wheel the year. So I'm going to share my version of the wheel the year and the body Taoist version of the wheel ear. So as you know, Bodey Taoism has if you bet listening to the podcast, or you've read my website, you'll that Bodey Taoism has eight wisdom traditions and so what we'd like to do. It was like to incorporate these wisdom traditions into a wheel of the year to help us to remember the different streams that helped give us it's ration-. They give us perspective on. There's eight different viewpoints that we can look at something from. And so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go ahead. Give you the dates and the traditions and then I'll give you a little cermony to perform on each of these days. So they match pretty closely to the, the wiccan or pagan wheel the year as far as dates, the only difference is that we're actually celebrating wisdom tradition during these things. So we'll go head start with the first one, which is December twenty fifth which is Christianity that seems pretty obvious that we've be celebrating since Christianity is one of the wisdom traditions. We'd be celebrated on December twenty fifth now of course of all the wisdom traditions Christianity's on that causes us the most difficulty because it's the least scientifically naturalistic of the wisdom traditions. But we interpret Christianity from a mythic standpoint, Richard character has a whole series of books on the mythic Christ and how crisis really can be interpreted as a myth and the history of Christ as a myth, and there's many things that grew up within Christianity, especially in the monastic traditions, that are helpful for a spiritual disciplines so we go ahead and incorporate those so December twenty fifth is the first and that is Christianity. The next is February second and on February second. We celebrate Gina sim and Jane ISM was a religion that was founded many years before Maha Veira, but Mahavir is the most. Current one in this was he was considered either just before the Buddha or contemporary with the Buddha during his time and Mahaveroo taught tune the main things is onto cut vodka, which is non absolutism that means there's many different ways to look at something, and we need to look at things from different viewpoints. And that's in fact, what this the traditions is about trying to look at things from different viewpoints. And the other thing is a his MMA, which is nonviolence is usually how it transit. I prefer to translate as non-harming. And that's we're the vegetarianism comes from is Janus and also Buddhism. But Jane ISM was much stronger on it, and then March twenty first is the celebration of Taoism and Taoism. We. Go back to philosophical. Dow Eliza the Dow day Jing and the original idea of Taoism, not so much the religious Taoism that turned lousy into a God. But more the philosophical aspects of Taoism all these traditions have difficulties with them. Otherwise, we'd be, you know, we'd be one of them. So please understand that every single one of these wisdom traditions. There is some aspect of either they add a God. They add the supernatural that an afterlife either in the form of heaven, hell, or rebirth reincarnation, or they completely eliminate the spiritual and none of these traditions, do, but humanism did eliminate secular humanism usually eliminates spiritual to spirituality. Altogether. And that might come under Confucianism is probably the closest to humanism, and we'd consider that part of that stream, so and Jane ISM than December twenty first Taoism, March twenty first and then maye Firth is epicure, Newsham epicurious had the fourfold cure, which is do not fear the gods. Do not fear death. What is good is easy to come by what his heart as easy to avoid June twenty-first would be Buddhism, and Buddhism, of course, is probably the for me one of the main traditions of practice. Its biggest problem is the idea of rebirth, the six realms and cosmic karma. Those are things that we don't accept in wouldn't accept and so. Buddhism would be unacceptable to a scientific naturalist, but there are elements within Buddhism that are acceptable, so June twenty first is Buddhism. I would also say that June twenty first since it's my birthday and I'm the founder of Bodey Taoism that it also is a celebration of Bodey Taoism and August. I is stoicism and stoicism is tradition that Zeno began tracing some of its roots back to Socrates giving it a particular flavor and stoicism is definitely an important tradition in cognitive behavior therapy as Buddhism is in mindfulness based stress reduction, and then September twenty twenty-first is Confucianism and Confucianism is a lot about the verb. Virtues and about. Being courteous in society and being respectful and things of this nature, about self cultivation and then Octo thirty I is paganism so paganism, of course, Tober thirty I is dean with all hallows eve, Sal Hain is called by them. And so we would actually the wheel of the fifth of the wheel the year actually matches on that day would match up perfectly with their highest day, which is, of course, signed so we have December twenty first being Christianity, February second Jane, ISM, March thirty or twenty first Taoism may, I epic unionism, June twenty-first Buddhism, August first stoicism September twenty first Confucianism October thirty first paganism, so that's the basic. We'll of the year the body douse Tweedle of the year, and then the simple ceremony that I recommend. And I'll go ahead and put this on the website. So if you want the d-actually script for this, I'll put it on the website and what it would be is. You basically the what you'd need is you need a candle and a grape juice, or, or something of this, this nature to drink, and what you do is you would sit maybe by yourself or if you're with the family, you can do it with your family on to do it for if it was just yourself, but the I can be we in these things. So what you do as you'd sit down. You'd say, I take a moment to remember the teachings of and you'd name the wisdom tradition. The next one is Buddhism, saw us Buddhism, which is June. Twenty first I take a moment to remember the teachings of Buddhism. And the light it gives me and then I would light the candle. Then I would say I'm moment of reflection that I would say. I drink in honor of Buddhism may use his teachings wisely on my path of awakening. And then I would drink the juice. And then you can have a meal, leaving the candle lit during the meal beginning with, like an affirmation such as I give thanks to all beings, helping this food to our table and vowed respondent, turn to those in need with wisdom, and compassion. Let me mindfully and then after the meal, you blow out the candle. And that'd be a simple way of remembering the day. The other thing you could do is either watch a YouTube video on Buddhism. Read a Wiki pedia article on Buddhism, or some kind of a short introduction on what Buddhism is just to remind yourself of the basic teachings the four noble truths. The eight fold noble path things of the state should remind you of the Buddha end the teachings of the Buddha, now known to us as Buddhism in one of our wisdom traditions. So that is the wheel. Of the year for Bodey Taoists, and it would help. I think to kind of help you incorporate these things in your life to kind of get a, a rhythm to cow harmonize with nature. So if you want, like I said, I'll, I'll put that stuff in the show notes, so you'll have the script for that and also incorporate the give you the dates to. So if you go over to j Nelson forest dot com, and you'll look for the wheel of the year, you'll be able to find this with the simple ritual in order for you to participate. And this is a very simple way to practice your body Taoism other ways of practice and of courses through mindfulness meditation. Loving kindness meditation being charitable to others, you know stoic practices are also acceptable, and some of the other practices are acceptable. Just remember that all practices are based on basically there have to be based upon reason evidence and natural. So we want to make sure that we're thinking critically about what we're doing. We want to base it on naturalism way, what to base it upon evidence in to look at the results it's having their life. So when you start a spiritual practice, you know, take note, even if you have to do it, you know, in, like a little note pad or something, the effects of before, and after your meditation or spiritual practice, whatever you're doing and see if it's making a difference in your life. If it's not you might not be doing it, right. You might need more. -struction in. And maybe it's something that you don't need to be doing this particular time. But so that's the wheel of the year. And I hope that, that helps you incorporate Bodey Taoism in the eight wisdom. Traditions known as the streams better into your life. I also wanna make a note. I have updated the summer Sophia. The latest update is now on the website. It's not. You don't have to go to academia dot EDU the way, the website actually will have the current most up to date version of the summit Sephiha, and I am currently in the process of updating it. Because I'm hopefully next week. I'm going to start writing the next book that will incorporate the sumus Sophia into a complete. Try to get some of the stuff some of the stuff have been working on onto a page and systematic orders so that there's actually a book that you'll have that will have the, the current update the, the Kerr the most current one, of course, is spirituality without God, but unfortunately, that still had the original four dishes. And now, as you know, we're at eight traditions and the aid, of course matches the eight pointed compass that we're using as the symbol for bony Taoism. So with all that explained probably to death on gonna go ahead and leave you for this week.