The Happy Excursion

Trip Start Mar 21, 2005
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

For those of you who like hip-hop (dad not included), there is a remarkable similarity between Chinese Taoism and early U.S. West Coast rap, although both have evolved in their own way.

Let's compare:

It's like this and like that and like this and uh
It's like that and like this and like that and uh
It's like this and like that and like this and uh
Dre, creep to the mic like a phantom ~Snoop Dogg

The 'this' is also 'that.' The 'that' is also 'this'...Or is there really any distinction between 'that' and 'this'? That the 'that' and the 'this' cease to be opposites is the very essence of the Tao. ~Chi Wu Lun

By the way, a popular new Chinese rap song is hitting the charts: "Honkin', Spittin', Smokin'."

A new soap opera called "Daily Life of a Family Restaurant" is a daily event in the Beijing Hutongs. Or is that the actual name of the restaurant? (the food was as good as the ambience) Nearby is my favorite restaurant in Beijing, a Muslim dumplings restaurant, where your meal is steamed out in the street.

My favorite clothing store in Beijing: "That Person Is According to the Clothing."

Just before leaving Beijing, I visited the Old Imperial Summer Palace with Yael from Israel. One of the major attractions was the "Sea of Happiness" just beyond the "Lotus Viewing Area." Signs pointed us in the right direction, but when we reached the "Sea of Happiness," a lake with islands and graceful Chinese bridges, it was nothing but mud. How can the Sea of Happiness be Mud? Who drained the Sea of Happiness? We want to know.

A long long time ago (not Star Wars) in a Zen Buddhist Monastery, a scholar visited the temple. The head monk hardly respected him. But when a high level official arrived, the monk respected the official. The story continues:

"After the official had gone, the scholar asked the monk the reason for this difference. The monk answered: 'to respect is not to respect, and not to respect is to respect.' The scholar immediately gave him a hearty blow on the face. The monk protested angrily: 'why do you beat me?' To which the scholar replied: 'to beat is not to beat and not to beat is to beat.'" ~Fung Yu-Lan

While riding a taxi, I saw a dragonfly in front of us. My mind saw it hitting the taxi. Then it hit the taxi; I felt its pain. Earlier, a taxi hit a dog, that lay dying and howling in the street. Perhaps this is someone's dinner? But I hear that eating dog meat (not dragonflies) is not legal anymore in Beijing.

Now I finally have my passport and a brand new visa. But maybe I could have done without a new one: "to not have a visa is to have a visa." So now I can head to Zhongdian, back in Yunnan, back to the mountains, back to WWF, back to the villages...

Regards to Chuang-tzu
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sorrel2
sorrel2 on

whoop there it is
lloyd...this is the funniest entry to date.
i laughed OUT LOUD, man.
keepin' it real...
-stephanie

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