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14May 9 Comments
Tai Chi vs. MMA

Tai Chi vs. MMA

Earlier this month, a video went viral on the Chinese internet and sent waves through the martial arts community.  The video showed a match between 38 year old MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong (徐晓冬) and 41 year old, tai chi master...

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23Apr 2 Comments
What Only The Rooster Sees

What Only The Rooster Sees

I began learning English after I moved to the United States in 2010. It hasn’t always been easy. One of the most difficult things are idioms. You can imagine how confused I was when a student told me it was...

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26Feb No Comments
Zhong Kui - Demon Hunter

Zhong Kui – Demon Hunter

Zhong Kui (鍾馗) is a legendary Daoist demon hunter.  His legend began in the Tang Dynatry, and by the Song Dynasty he had been adopted into the Daoist pantheon.  Knowing his story is an important part of understanding Chinese culture....

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22Jan 2 Comments
The Five Steps to Building a Home Altar

The Five Steps to Building a Home Altar

Daoism teaches that the Dao manifests itself across six different realms, the heaven, spirit, human, animal, earthly, and ghost realms. An altar is a place to connect with the spirit realm and strengthen your own spiritual nature.  Here are the...

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15Jan No Comments
How Daoists Celebrate Little New Year

How Daoists Celebrate Little New Year

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival,  is the most important Chinese holiday. It is a time of reunion, celebration and tradition. But one of the most interesting Chinese New Year traditions takes place before the old year...

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25Dec 4 Comments
The Daoist Bible

The Daoist Bible

Here in the West, I have heard many people refer to the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) as the “Daoist Bible”. While this isn’t completely wrong, it also isn’t completely right. The Dao De Jing is a very important...

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18Dec 2 Comments
Eating for Winter

Eating for Winter

Did you know that food can be used as medicine? Knowledge of the effects of different foods can be used to keep your body in balance and prevent illness as the seasons change.   In the winter, Yin is dominant...

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The Mountain of the Vermilion Bird

The Mountain of the Vermilion Bird

Mount Heng (衡山) is one of China's most sacred mountains. It is in Hunan Province, about 100 kilometers from the provincial capital. In Chinese, the mountain is called Nanyue (南岳 - the Southern Marchmount).  Like Wudang Mountain, Nanyue is is...

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27Nov 1 Comment
Dao Sisters - Mazu

Dao Sisters – Mazu

This is the story of a girl who became a goddess.   In the year 960, on the island of Meizhou off the coast of Fujian Province, a girl was born to the Lin family.  Because she did not cry...

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13Nov No Comments
How Chinese Foot Baths Can Improve Your Health

How Chinese Foot Baths Can Improve Your Health

The Importance of the Feet Feet are the foundation of the body’s energy system, yet they are an often overlooked part of the body.   One-quarter of the body's bones are in the feet, and over 72,000 nerve endings. Six...

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