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What Being Daoist Means To Me

What Being Daoist Means To Me

Many people I meet say that they are Daoist, “practicing Daoism” or “studying Daoism.”  But “Daoist” and “Daoism” mean different things to different people.  Today I’d like to talk a little about what then mean to me. There are many...

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19Feb 1 Comment
The Fake Daoist?

The Fake Daoist?

Just recently, I received an e-mail asking an interesting question: “How do you know if someone calling himself a Daoist priest is genuinely a Daoist priest. Is there any way to check?”   As Daoism grows in popularity, some people...

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28Jan 4 Comments
Daoist Masters - Master Lin Reads The Book of Heaven

Daoist Masters – Master Lin Reads The Book of Heaven

During my years as a wandering Daoist, I spent some time at Taiqing Temple on Jiugong Mountain in Hubei Province (湖北省,九宫山,太清宫). It was there I met Master Lin (林道长)。   I had been at the temple for a year when...

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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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7Jan 3 Comments
Bigu - Daoist Fasting

Bigu – Daoist Fasting

One of the most interesting things about Daoism is that it does not draw a line between spiritual and physical health. Daoist martial arts, qigong, and meditation all make changes in the body as a form of spiritual practice.  ...

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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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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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Mountain Climbing and Chrysanthemum Wine

Mountain Climbing and Chrysanthemum Wine

The Double Nine Festival October 9th, 2016 on the Western calendar is the 9th day of the 9th lunar month on the traditional Chinese calendar.  It is the day we celebrate the Double Nine Festival.  The ancient divination manual, the...

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