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August 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - August 20, 2021 @ 8:00 pm

Ways of Waves: Writing with James Geary and Tao Te Ching


Tao Te Ching #44

Fame or integrity: which is more important?

Money or happiness: which is more valuable?

Success or failure: which is more destructive?

If you look to others for fulfillment,

you will never be fulfilled.

If your happiness depends on money.

you will never be happy with yourself.

Be content with what you have;

rejoice in the way things are.

When you realize there is nothing lacking,

the whole world belongs to you.


Spiritual Calisthenics and Writing Exercises

Participants will choose and read from Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching. Afterwards, teacher, surfer and writer James Geary will read from his text inspired by the Tao Te Ching, Ways of Waves (#3, 4, 17, and 22).

After each “Wave,” we will be encouraged to contemplate and/or write a passage that strengthens spiritual awareness.

James Geary holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois. While living in the East for over two decades, he formed a school in Phuket with his wife, Christine O’Reilly. He taught English and studied the Tao Te Ching under Thai scholars. James now resides in Matunuck and combines his knowledge of the Tao with his passion for bodysurfing.

In this writing class, he shares them with us.




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