Divination and the Book of I Ching

The Book of I Ching (Classic of Changes) contains the thoughts of the Chinese people in philosophy, medicine, astronomy, geography, arithmetic, literature, military affairs, music, art, and martial arts. In addition, I Ching serves different functions for different people. For many scholars, it is regarded as a book of philosophy. For the fortune tellers, it…

  Daoist Lifestyle

With respect to Daoist lifestyle, Daoist clergy follow a variety of paths. Some withdraw from the community to live as hermits or in monasteries. Others live in villages or cities. The work of Daoists in the community is directed towards healing and renewal. In some areas (mostly notably Hong Kong and Taiwan) Daoist priests also…

The Witch Healer

At the Daoist Gate Center, there are often Chinese medicine doctors and qigong teachers who come to study with me, and they also help heal people for free. Tatiana B. is one of them. During the Spring of 2021, when the second wave of the pandemic was starting to wane, Tatiana was the fourth student…

The Chinese New Year

The lunar New year, also called the agricultural New Year or the Spring Festival, is a holiday celebrated in many Asian countries. The calendar used for calculating the lunar New Year is based on the cycles of the moon, which was extremely important in ancient agricultural societies where farmers used the lunar calendar to understand the periods of sowing, sprouting, and growth of crops.

Saving the Sun

Saving the Sun

Later today, North America will experience a total solar eclipse.  You already know the scientific explanation of a solar eclipse, caused when the moon comes between the Earth and the Sun. But, what did the ancient Chinese say about eclipses?  How can their ideas help you? It should come as no surprise that many ancient…

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 “raining cats and dogs” outside. Or there was that time before a martial arts performance…

Zhong Kui - Demon Hunter

Demon Hunter – Zhong Kui

Demon Hunter – Zhong Kui(鍾馗),   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.   Origin Zhong Kui was born in the Zhongnan Mountain area in the early Tang Dynasty.  Although he was…

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 5 steps to building an altar in your home: Find a suitable location When building…

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 sacred Daoist text, however it is not the only Daoist sacred text. If Daoism has…

Jianghu – The Hidden World

The Chinese word jianghu (江湖) literally translates to “rivers and lakes” but it means so much more.  Jianghu is the name of the brotherhood of outsiders that existed in old China.  It is the counterculture society of workers who made their living with the skill of their own two hands: craftsmen, beggars, thieves, street performers, fortune…

The Symbolism of Wudang Sword Forms

Wudang martial arts come from Wudang Mountain in China.  Of all the martial arts we practice on the mountain, Wudang is the most famous for the sword. Some of the Wudang sword forms include the Eight Immortals’ Sword, the Taiyi Daoist sword, and Tai Chi sword.  Mastering the sword is considered the highest achievement in…