Kenneth Cohen Article Collection

Kenneth Cohen Article Collection


A collection of 5 back issues that feature articles from Kenneth Cohen

Below is a brief description of his articles in each issue. And of course, you get each back issue which includes all the other articles. The preview picture shown does not necessarily reflect the actual issues in this bundle.

Spring 2024: "In Defense of Weaponry: Fitness, Qi Development, and Inner Peace"
How could a weapon such as a sword be an instrument of peace or bring us closer to the Dao (Tao), the Way of Nature? As early as the Zhuangzi, the 4th Century BCE Daoist classic, the sword was linked with meditation. In the chapter “A Discourse on Swords”, we read 示之以虛. “Those who practice the sword display emptiness.” That is, they are free from thought and worry. As his predecessor Laozi said, “The sage empties the heart-mind, and fills the abdomen with qi.” Zhuangzi then indicates a sword fencing strategy based on sensing incipient change and an ability to respond to an opponent’s intent even before he/she has launched the attack.

Spring 2020: "In The Company Of Cranes: Ancient Teachers Of Qigong"
Next to the phoenix, the crane is considered the most noble of birds. They are naturally associated with the mountains, mountain people (the “Immortals” of Daoism), and Daoist monasteries. Cranes keep appearing in qigong and martial arts. The crane is one of the animals in the very first illustrated manual of qigong: the Daoyin Tu 導引圖, dated to 168 BC. About three hundred years later, the eminent physician Hua Tuo 華佗, created the Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi 五禽戲), the earliest qigong choreography still practiced, protected in China today as a “national cultural heritage”.

Spring 2012: "Year of the Dragon: Mysteries, Magic, & Predictions"
A delightful article written by well-known Kenneth Cohen. Whimsical, yet informative as he describes Chinese New Year from his personal experiences with his teacher as well as describing many of the Daoist (Taoist) traditions and thoughts about the Year of the Dragon.

Autumn 2010: "In Harmony With The Tao: The Musical Roots of Qigong"
In China, sound and music were considered keys to harmony (he). In
the Chinese language the word for music (yue) is also the word for joy. Music engenders social harmony, spiritual awareness, happiness, and inner health. And of course, sound can heal and is an integral part of qigong.

Summer 2003: "An Introduction to Qigong: Health, Wisdom and Longevity"
Qigong, pronounced "chee gung," is an ancient Chinese art and science that teaches the skill (gong) of gathering, refining, and circulating the body's life energy (qi) through a coordinated system of exercise, breathing, and meditation. Qigong has three interconnected aspects: spiritual, sports, and healing.