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The Tao of Life Itself

A Guide to Our Way of Being and Doing

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# Welcome

Welcome to our community. We are pragmatic utopians, committed to practical action for a radically wiser, weller world. We create coliving hubs, start businesses, do research and engage in activism to pioneer a wiser culture.

This is our tao, or “way”. It is a guide to what we stand for and how we operate.

# How to Read the Tao

Or … The Truth Believed is a Lie. Live the Way, do not Follow It.

Before we begin, it is useful to emphasize a point made originally in the context of Zen teachings (and adapted from John Cleary’s introduction to the Blue Cliff Record):

The wise enshrine the miraculous bones of the ancients within themselves: they apply the teachings to themselves and their situations not just in their thoughts. They regard the teachings of the way not as an external body of knowledge to be possessed or as an infleible dogma to be believed or revered but as something living to be practised.

Ultimately, there is no fixed teaching. Nevertheless the real wisdom, the teaching of the awakening ones, is of one uniform flavor, that of liberation. Just as many rivers lead to the sea, where their different flavours share the unifying taste of of salt, so do the teachings of wisdom flow together into the sea of awakening and become one with liberation.

# About

We are pragmatic utopians, committed to practical action for a radically wiser, weller world. We create coliving hubs (opens new window), start businesses (opens new window), do research (opens new window) and engage in activism (opens new window) to pioneer a wiser culture.

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Further reading:

  • Our medium term plans: see Plans
  • Governance (who owns us? How are we run?): we’re owned by ourselves with no outside investors and a purpose-lock and an associated non-profit. Read more in our governance
  • Principles: read about our core principles
  • Patterns: read about the patterns we operate by
  • All our initiatives: see initiatives

# Culture

# Getting Stuff Done

# Reference

  • Glossary
  • Further reading
  • Bibliography
  • Press Pack: this is the narrative of Life Itself; a primer and resource on why we exist and what we are doing.
  • SCQHs: this is our situation, complication, question, hypothesis, also known as our root cause analysis and/or theory of change.