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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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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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1Jan 9 Comments
4 Simple Qigong Exercises to Get You Through the Winter

4 Simple Qigong Exercises to Get You Through the Winter

Qigong is a traditional Chinese wellness practice that combines mindful body posture, breathing, and visualization.  The word "qigong" (气功) is made up of two Chinese characters.  The first character “qi” (气)is the natural energy that gives us life.  In traditional...

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11Dec 1 Comment
Daoist Masters - Flying Legs Kuang

Daoist Masters – Flying Legs Kuang

Ever wonder where Wudang kung fu’s amazing kicks came from? It’s time to meet Flying Legs Kuang. Wordpress is evil There is a saying that all Daoist martial artists in China know. It is “Guo in the south, and Kuang...

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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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The Day I Entered a Daoist Temple

The Day I Entered a Daoist Temple

I was 17 years old when I left the martial arts academy where I had grown up and entered a Daoist temple.   In 1997, many of the temples on Wudang Mountain were at capacity; so getting accepted into the...

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1Oct 3 Comments
The #1 Question Not To Ask a Daoist

The #1 Question Not To Ask a Daoist

Once, in a temple in rural China, I saw a tourist ask an old Daoist his age. The old Daoist did not answer. The tourist chased after him and repeated the question. The old Daoist pointed at a tall tree...

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25Sep 1 Comment
5 Gates to the Dao - by the Master of Heavenly Seclusion

5 Gates to the Dao – by the Master of Heavenly Seclusion

The Book of the Master of Heavenly Seclusion (天隐子) is an ancient Daoist practice manual. It was written in the 8th century during the Tang Dynasty.  Nothing is known about the Master of Heavenly Seclusion besides his name. However, the...

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22Sep No Comments
Dao Sisters - Sun Buer

Dao Sisters – Sun Buer

Early Life Sun Buer 孙不二 (birth name Sun Fuchun 孙富春) was born into a wealthy family in Shandong Province in 1119. She was educated well as a child and enjoyed poetry and calligraphy. In her teens she was married to...

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