This scholarly article aims to guide individuals who are either considering or have already embarked on the path of becoming a disciple within our esteemed lineage. The journey of a disciple is one of profound learning, self-discovery, and boundless potential. However, to truly unlock the treasures that this lineage has to offer, it is imperative to understand and embrace the essence of being a disciple. For those who are ordained or considering ordination, this article is an indispensable resource. Additionally, for a more comprehensive understanding, we highly recommend reading the "36 Pearls of Wisdom" eBook.
The Three Pillars of a Disciple’s Journey:
Based on extensive teaching experience, the journey of a disciple can be encapsulated in three fundamental pillars:
1. Cultivating Meaningful Relationships
2. Adopting a Proactive Approach
3. Learning through Service
1. Cultivating Meaningful Relationships:
As a newcomer to the lineage, it is vital to foster relationships with fellow members. This is a community where bonds are cherished, and every individual is valued. Engage in conversations, participate in discussions, and share aspects of your life that define you. For instance, if you have a passion for technology, share images of your workspace. If art is your forte, let your creations be the medium through which others get to know you. These interactions not only facilitate your integration into the community but also enable others to appreciate the uniqueness you bring.
2. Adopting a Proactive Approach:
Proactivity is the cornerstone of learning. Passive observation will not suffice; one must actively seek knowledge. Engage with the teachings, ask questions, and participate in discussions. Even if you harbor doubts or believe your question may be trivial, do not hesitate to voice it. It is through this active engagement that a true connection is formed, allowing for the transfer of wisdom from teacher to disciple. This connection is the conduit through which knowledge is not just acquired but internalized.
3. Learning through Service
As you progress in your journey, you will amass a wealth of knowledge. It is both a privilege and a responsibility to use this knowledge in the service of others. Assisting newcomers, answering their queries, and guiding them not only contributes to their learning but also reinforces and expands your own understanding. There is no zenith in the pursuit of knowledge; it is an ongoing process of refinement and growth.
The Virtue of Concluding
An integral aspect of being a disciple is the practice of conclusion. This entails giving back to the lineage in recognition of the wisdom, guidance, and empowerment received. This cyclical process of receiving and giving is fundamental to the cultivation of Tao and Te. Neglecting this practice can lead to a waning interest and stagnation in one’s journey.
The Investment in Learning
The pursuit of Taoist magic within the Tin Yat lineage requires dedication, resources, and time. It is important to understand that magic is not an inexhaustible resource; it is cultivated through investment and can be harnessed for various purposes. However, this power comes with responsibility and should not be mistaken for a panacea. It is essential to approach this path with realism and commitment.
Embarking on the path of a disciple within our lineage is a journey of immeasurable learning and growth. Through the cultivation of relationships, proactivity, and service, one can truly embrace and thrive in this role. We encourage all disciples to remain dedicated, engage actively, and uphold the virtues of Tao and Te. May your journey be enlightening, and may you find fulfillment in the wisdom and magic of our lineage.