What's This Tao All About?
By Tod Perry
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"Whats This Tao All About?" is a beginner's guide to Taoism and the Tao Te Ching hosted by Dr. Carl Totton a Tao master, member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and Doctor of Psychology. The co-host is Tod Perry, the host of the popular comedy podcasts Low Budget FM, Far Out! and The Original Kings of Podcasting.
||CleanShow # 51 — Psychic Cleansing and Chapter 45||Dr. Totton shares some techniquesto help us cleanse our minds and free ourselves from attachment. Later, Chapter 45 of the “Tao Te Ching.” Right click to download The Mind, Cleaning, Karma, and Life.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 50 — The Meaning of Life and Chapter 38||From a Taoist perspective, what is the meaning of life? Dr. Totton and Tod attempt to address this massive question in under 20 minutes. Later, chapter 38 of the “Tao Te Ching” a verse that Dr. Totton refers to as a “power chapter.”||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 49 — Your True Self and Chapter 27||How do you really find your “true self”? Does such a thing really exist? Dr. Totton and Tod examine the idea from a Taoist perspective.||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #48 – 10-Day Gong and Listener Mail||Dr. Totton has created a ten-day gong to help people become more in touch with themselves and the Tao. Later, Dr. Totton and Tod answer a listener’s question about being in tune with reality. Right click to download a .doc of Dr. Totton’s̶||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 47 – Peace in Chaos, Chapter 10, More Alan Watts||Tod and Dr. Totton finish up their discussion on Alan Watts’Tao: The Watercourse Way, reply to a listener who’s having trouble living in these chaotic times, and break open Chapter 10 of the Tao Te Ching.||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 46 — Alan Watts’ ‘Tao: The Watercourse Way’ and Chapter 9||Alan Watts was one of the first major Taoist philosophers in the Western world. Here, Tod and Dr. Totton dig deep into his book, Tao: The Watercourse Way. Later, they crack open the Tao Te Ching to examine chapter 9.||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 45 – The Tao of Love and Chapter 39||On this show, we talk address a subject that isn’t often referenced in “The Tao Te Ching”: Love. Later, Tod and Dr. Totton discuss Chapter 39 of the “Tao Te Ching.”||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #44 — “The Te of Piglet” and Chapter 25||Dr. Totton and Tod crack open the pages of “The Te of Piglet,” Benjamin Hoff’s sequel to the “Tao of Pooh.” Later they dissect chapter 25 of the “Tao Te Ching.”||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #43 — The Tao of Anarchy||Was Lao Tzu an anarchist? Dr. Totton and Tod take a look into the politics of the “Tao Te Ching” on episode 43. “Anarchism and Taoism” by Josh||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 42 — Death, Forgiveness, and Chapter 24||Dr. Totton and Tod open the show with the story of a dying man who found strength in the final months of life through the Tao. Later, a listener has questions about forgiveness and Chapter 24 of the Tao Te Ching. “Accepting Cancer’s Challenges||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 41 — Chapter 13 and The Last Jedi||On this episode, Dr. Totton and Tod dig deep into chapter 13 of the Tao Te Ching to learn how to embrace disgrace. Also, some thoughts on the not-so-subtle Taoist messages in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 40 – Balance and Chapter 23||What does Lao-Tzu mean when he talks about balance? Dr. Carl explains in our first episode of the new year. Tod and Dr. Totton also dig deep into Chapter 23 of “The Tao Te Ching.”||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 39 – Zen and Taoist Perspective on Knowledge||Tod’s book review of “Zen and the Art of Archery” sparks a conversation about Zen. Later, Tod and Dr. Totton discuss what Lao Tzu means by “abandoning knowledge.”||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 38 – Tao of Creativity and Chapter 19||Dr. Totten explore how the study of Taoism can help with creativity and dig deep into Chapter 19 of “The Tao Te Ching.”||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 37 — Chapters 11 and 18||Tod is going through a major life change so he asks Dr. Totton for some Taoist perspective on the issue. Later, they dig deep into Chapters 11 and 18 of the “Tao Te Ching.”||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 36 – Chapter 6, Listener Mail, Taoist Priests||On episode 36, Dr. Totton and Tod discuss how one becomes a Taoist priest. Later, they answer an email from a professional athlete and review Chapter 6 of the “Tao Te Ching.”||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 35 – The Western Mind, Taoist History, and Chapter 4||On episode 35, Dr. Totton and Tod discuss how Taoism acts as antidote for the Western mind. They also touch upon the history of Taoism and dig deep into chapter four of the “Tao Te Ching.”||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34 — Digital Detatchment||Dr. Totton and Tod try and help a listener who’s addicted to social media. Plus, Tod has some great news about a potential guest. Brian Diedrick’s Digital Detachment blog||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 33 — The Essence of Tao and Listener Mail||What is the Tao, really? Is it metaphorical, physical, metaphysical? Tod and Dr. Totton discuss. Later, some hard-hitting questions from the show’s listeners.||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow # 32 — 10% Happier and Te||Dr. Carl Totton and Tod open the show with a discussion about ABC News‘ Anchor Dan Harris’ new book “10% Happier.” Later, they take another deep dive into the mysterious Taoist concept of Te.||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 31 — The Tao of Pooh||Dr. Totton and Tod discuss The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff’s book that introduced the Western world to the Tao. Later, Chapter 25 of the Tao Te Ching.||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 30 — Martial Arts and Christianity||Dr. Totton and Tod clear out their listener mailbox by answering some questions on martial arts and how Taoism, relates to Christianity.||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 29 — Chuang Tzu and Indoctrinating Your Kids||Our show opens with a discussion about indoctrinating children into Taoism. Later, Dr. Totton and Tod crack open Chuang Tzu’s Inner Chapters to talk about his thoughts on what it means to be the “True Man.”||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 28 — Tao Te Trump||The election of Donald Trump as president of the U.S. has sent shock waves though the world. So Dr. Totton and Tod share the Taoist perspective on political upheaval while working to better understand the Trump voter.||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 27 — Women in Taoism, Chapters 22 and 26||Show 27 opens with a powerful email from a female listener with some questions about women and the Tao. Later, we dive deep into chapters 22 and 26 of the Tao Te Ching.||9/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 26 — Tod’s Top 15 Finale, Meditation and Creativity||We open our show with the final five of Tod’s top 15 favorite couplets from the Tao Te Ching. Later, Dr. Totton discusses the two different approaches to Taoist meditation: active and passive.||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 25 — Tod’s Top 15 and Listener Mail||After scouring through the Tao Te Ching with a highlighter, Tod shares his top 15 favorite couplets from the book. Later, Dr. Totton answers an email from a listener who wants to be more like Lu Dongbin.||8/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 24 — Chapter 21 and Listener Mail||Our show begins with an email from a listener in Spain who has questions about a major change in life. Later, Dr. Totton and Tod dig deep into Chapter 21 of the Tao Te Ching.||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 23 — Lu Dongbin and Chapter 20||Who is the mysterious Lu Dongbin? Dr. Totton and Tod look into the life and teachings of a Taoist immortal. Later, we discuss one of the most challenging chapters of The Tao Te Ching.||7/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 22 — Re-Igniting Your Practice and Disagreements||After the birth of his son, Tod asks Dr. Totton how he can get back into good Taoist habits. Later, a listener has some intriguing questions about how to handle disagreements and veganism.||7/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 21 — Chapters 16 and 14||Our show begins with an apology for a mishap that screwed up the audio on show 21. In this episode, Dr. Totton and Tod take on two very important chapters from the Tao Te Ching, 14 and 16. They also discuss how to develop empathy, dealing with difficult||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 20 — Taoist Health and Tod Translates The Tao Te Ching||Dr. Totton discusses the Taoist perspective on health and how one can find balance through multiple practices. Later, Tod shares his translation of the Tao Te Ching that he’s written for the common man. The show ends with a discussion of Chapter 12||5/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 19 — Living in the Moment and Listener Mail||The show opens with a question from a listener in Hawaii about how to raise a disciplined child. Later, Tod and Dr. Carl discuss one of the most important aspects of Eastern spirituality: living in the moment.||5/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 18 — Binary Thinking, Mirror Mind, and Chapter 19||Tod and Dr. Totton discuss how the Tao is an antidote for binary thinking and can help people free themselves from entrenched worldviews. Later, they discuss the concept of the “mirror mind” and Chapter 19 from the Tao Te Ching.||4/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 17 — Chuang Tzu pt. 2 and Chapter18||Tod cracks open Chaung Tzu’s Inner Chapters for another book report on the sacred Taoist text. We also discuss chapter 18 of the Tao Te Ching and personal energy.||4/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 16 — Listener Mail and Chapter 36||Dr. Totton and Tod open up the listener mailbag to discuss an important question about injustice from a listener in Australia. Later, we discuss Chapter 36 from the Tao Te Ching.||4/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 15 — Being and the I Ching||For the first time on the show Dr. Carl and Tod discuss the meaning and importance of “being” and “non-being” as they relate to Taoism. Also, we discuss the the Taoist embrace of “flow” and the I Ching’s place in||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 14 – Daily Taoist Practices and the Wu-Wei of Business||Our show opens with an article about how one can practically use the art of wu-wei in the business world. Later, Dr. Carl Totton reveals his three ways to cultivate the Tao on a daily basis.||2/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 13 – Chuang Tzu’s Inner Chapters||On show 13, the ever-studious Tod Perry presents a book report on the first half of the seminal Taoist text Inner Chapters by Chuang Tsu. Here, we uncover the mystery of Tzu’s famous butterfly dream and discuss his timeless humor, insightful parable||1/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 12 – Chapter 81 and Qigong||In show 12, Dr. Carl and Tod discuss chapter 81 of the Tao Te Ching. They also go in depth on the practice of qigong and discuss other texts in the Taoist cannon besides the Tao Te Ching. Subscribe to What’s This Tao All About? on iTunes >>||11/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 11 – Immortality and Star Wars||The show opens with some musings about the similarities between The Force in Star Wars and the Tao. Later, Dr. Carl Totton disucusses his journey to become a Taoist priest. The show ends with a talk about the concept of immortality in Taoism and a discu||11/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 10 – The Three Treasures and Chapter 17||After a brief hiatus, Dr. Carl Totton discusses his time at the Taoist Gathering in Oakland, California. Then Dr. Totton and Tod discuss the Three Treasures and Chapter 17 of the Tao Te Ching. Subscribe to What’s This Tao All About? on iTunes >&||11/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 9 – The Uncarved Block and Chapter 57||Are there hard-set rules to being a practicing Taoist? What is Pu? What style of governing is most beneficial to the people? These questions and much more are answered on episode nine of What’s This Tao All About? Subscribe to What’s This Tao||10/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 – Chapters 13 and 33||Tod’s smart phone is driving him nuts so he asks Dr. Carl how to find balance in a world ruled by technology. After missing a chapter last week, Dr. Carl and Tod cover chapter 13 of the Tao Te Ching, a verse dealing with ego. They finish the show wi||10/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 – A World out of Balance||Our show opens with Tod reporting back after five weeks of practicing meditation. Is he doing it right? Would he know if he was? Later, Dr. Carl discusses how the teachings of the Tao can help right a world that’s gone out of balance. Subscribe to W||10/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 — God?||The show opens with some thoughts on the nature of the universe: is it friendly or hostile? Later we delve into a discussion of how the concept of god fits into the Taoist philosophy. The show closes with Dr. Carl’s thoughts on Chapter 5 of the Tao||10/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 — Te (or the Tao In-Action)||We open the show with a discussion on how to become a practicing Taoist. Later, Dr. Carl and Tod tackle the oh-so important Tao concept of Te. The Te helps put the Tao in action, Dr. Carl discusses how you can make it work for you. We end with a brief t||9/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpiosode 4 — Meditation||We open the show speculating whether some of the greatest minds of the last century were secretly Taoists. Later, Dr. Carl discusses mediation and we end with a break down of Chapter Three of the Tao Te Ching. Subscribe to What’s This Tao All About?||9/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 — Social Status, Yin and Yang||Recently, Tod got stuck riding the bus to work, prompting a discussion on social status and how it relates to the Tao. Later, we get into a conversation on the Taoist principal of Yin and Yang. This week’s Tao Te Ching reading is from chapter 8. Sub||9/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 – Busy Brags vs. the Art of Non-Doing||Our show opens with a discussion about the perils of the persistent business pervasive in modern society. Later, Dr. Carl Totton discusses the Taoist principal of wu-wei or the “art of non-doing.” The show ends with a break down of Chapter Two||9/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 — The First Step||Our journey begins with an overview of the Tao, which proves a little challenging because, of course, “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.” Then we get to know Dr. Carl and Tod and find out how they became interested in Taoism. La||8/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Excellence in Relatability
I read the Tao The Ching in college and was instantly intrigued. I tried practicing and still do, but could feel that I hit a plateau. I’m a huge podcast listener, and one day thought, “Hmmm, I wonder if there are any pods on Taoism.”
Great mother of Lao Tzu, there is a podcast on Taoism. I have to admit, when I saw Master Totton’s photo on the front of the podcast, I was extremely skeptical. I was expecting to see an Asian man posing in the woods. However, the little bit of practicing Taoism that remained in me told me to give it a chance.
This podcast is the best thing that happened to me in 2018, for real. It has tied the loose ends that I did not quite grasp, and Master Totton is a wizard at explaining the difficult concepts, and putting them in a way that is relatable and useful for practical daily life. Tod also does a great job of providing his input, and creating a good feedback loop for the discussions.
I’m already on my 2nd lap of listening, keep the episodes coming, and please don’t be shy about creating some type of donation fund. We as listeners will not hesitate to help you guys in any way.
Thanks for what you guys do !
Much love always,
Augustine the Philippine
This podcast has become part of my daily practices that I look forward to.
I’m so glad someone is talking about this subject because it seems to be a passion of mine and I know that once others experience this philosophy they will enhance their lives greatly.