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Shaolin Martial Arts & The Philosophy of Chan

By Qingwu Kang and Chunyan He: Shaolin martial arts is a precious jade embedded in the crown of traditional Chinese culture. The Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of “Chan”, and because of this, martial arts, which was distinguished by violence and force, was connected with Buddhism, whose tenets were “maintaining kindness and having mercy”, “behaving kindly and accumulating blessings”, and “resolutely forbid killing”.

 

The Importance of Chinese Tonic Herbs

By Ron Teeguarden, Master Herbalist: Part 2 of 2 parts: Tonic herbs are fundamental tools for attaining glowing health. In the Orient, the term "glowing health" was traditionally used by Daoists (Taoists) to connote "health beyond danger." It is a state of health where the body, mind and spirit are performing optimally and harmoniously, and as a result one's resistance to stress, microbes, adverse environmental factors and toxins is tremendously enhanced. When one has achieved "glowing health," we are free to follow our path, to practice, grow and develop, unhindered by annoyances like most disease and pain, excessive adversity and mayhem.

 

Three Treasures: A Conversation with LaoZi, Waldo, and Me

By Margaret Emerson: What do age and time matter? LaoZi was 2,500 years old, Waldo was over 200, I was 65. We were all intensely eager to talk and we were all good listeners. The conversation traveled like a leisurely train passing through one station after another, all connected by meandering rails. One of our liveliest exchanges hinged on what LaoZi calls his three treasures—human qualities that he holds above all others. They must, he says, be guarded and kept safe. The first is love; the second is don’t overextend; and the third is don’t try to be first.

 

Qigong of the Wu Style: The Eight Methods

By Gerald Sharp: The Eight Methods of Wu Style Qigong are gathering, circulating, guiding, balancing, spiraling, blending, synthesizing, and storing, and are comprised of thirteen related exercises. The movements themselves are fairly simple, and encourage a gradual stretch and warm-up as they progress. They also support the practitioner in developing the flow and storage of qi as the movements gradually build before coming to a close.

 

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Departments include "When did modern Taiji Drop the Ball?" by Rob Talbot; "Etymology of the Ideogram 'Dao'" by Adrian Chan-Wyles; Information about China's Most Dangerous Hiking Trails, as well as our typical news and cultural tidbits.

 

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