What's in the Winter 2023-2024 Issue?

The Dao of Winter

 

 

The Dao of Winter

There are 12 moons and 24 solar terms in China's traditional lunar calendar. In this Winter issue, we highlight the six solar terms that cover our Winter season and some events and exercises related to each term. This article is composed of selected excerpts and cultural tidbits from The Lunar Tao: Meditations with the Seasons, a delightful book by the author that takes the reader on a journey through the seasons with surprises on every page. By Deng Ming-Dao

 An Introduction to Dao Yin


An Introduction to Dao Yin

Dao Yin, often referred to as Daoist Yoga, is an ancient practice rooted in the centuries-old philosophy of Daoism. As a holistic system, Dao Yin comprises physical and mental exercises designed to foster balance, harmony, and vitality within the body and the mind. It prioritizes cultivating internal energy, known as Qi, and aligning the body's energy pathways. Dao Yin combines the benefits of meditation, Qigong, and yoga to offer a holistic approach to well-being. By Andrew McCart.


Wu Dai Kwai: Grandson of Grandmaster Wu Kam Chuen

This is part 2 of an article about Sifu Dai Kwai who was a prominent figure in the Wu family style of taijiquan. By 1970, Wu Dai Kwai had become the fourth generation Gatekeeper of Wu Family Practice. He followed in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Chuan Yu, grandfather, Wu Kam Chuen, and father, Wu Gongyee. He was taught directly and personally by his grandfather, Wu Kam Chuen, over many years. Later, he crossed hands, [fought] with a wide variety of martial boxers and wrestlers hundreds of times and achieved an outstanding record and reputation for always winning.
By C.L. Chan. Co-translated by Y.L. Yip & LeRoy Clark and edited by LeRoy Clark.

 


Qi: Vital Force in Historical Context

Generally speaking, contemporary (post-1956) Chinese literature represents 'qi' with the simplified ideogram of '气', whilst in older texts, the traditional ideogram of '氣' is used. Both carry exactly with same meaning, with the simplified ideogram presenting the most commonly found usage throughout Chinese society, and the traditional ideogram expressing uncommon philosophical understanding, relevant to the practice of Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism, traditional Chinese medicine, martial arts and shamanism, etc. And we have a bonus article entitled Daoism: How to Build Primordial Qi Energy that Adrian translates and shares with us.  By Adrian Chan-Wyles (PhD)


Departments:

The departments in this issue encompass a wide array of topics. It all begins with Essential Instructions for Disciples, a Daoist text penned by Liu Yiming (1734-1821) and skillfully translated by Vitaly Filbert. Next up is Year of the Wood Dragon: A Year of Growth and Renewal by Steven Luo, offering insights into the opportunities the upcoming year might hold. For those looking to bolster their winter wellness, Nourishing Balance: TCM Inspired Winter Foods by Rochelle Johnson furnishes tailored dietary guidance. Delve into the mystical with I-Ching Reading for the New Year by Nori Muster, as she employs the ancient I-Ching (Yijing) to unravel the changes and attitudes of the forthcoming year. Luo Shiwen explores the inevitability of change and its role as a catalyst for progress in Embracing the Inevitable. Mei Li, PhD., continues the seasonal theme with Yangsheng (Nourishing Life) Practices, unraveling the rich historical and cultural influence of Yangsheng in Chinese traditions. Marcus Evans wraps it up with Zhang SanFeng’s Legacy, shedding light on taijiquan principles from the legendary Zhang Sanfeng (Chang San Feng). And, of course, don’t forget to peruse our news and tidbits section for additional content.


I hope you enjoy this, our 132nd consecutive issue of Qi Journal.

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