Qigong for Mind and Body Health

Qigong or Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese practice that combines breathing techniques, visualization, body posture, and self-massage to bring the mind and body to a higher state of well-being.  Within the Daoist community, we refer to many of our practices as Dao Yin (導引– guiding and leading energy).  In the Daoist community QiGong practices are done in a spiritual context, and while they are very good for the body, the major goal is not healing, but self-cultivation and a stronger relationship with the Dao.

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…

Daoism Ritual

One of the primary roles of a Daoist spiritual Master is provide various services to their community.  This includes rituals and ceremonies.  Daoists undergo extensive training in the ritual arts, and often preside at weddings, births, purification ceremonies and blessings for new homes and businesses. Because we have been inspired by these practices, and want…

Weapons of Wudang Martial Arts

Weapons of Wudang martial arts curriculum. After basic conditioning and simple hand forms are learned, a student can train weapon forms as another way to develop strength and agility. Watch what these arts look like on our YouTube channel >> Sword is one of Wudang martial arts weapons and sword is famous throughout China. In…

Daoist Music and Chanting

Daoist Music and Chanting

The Role of Ritual Music It’s 5 o’clock in the morning, the hour of day called “Breaking the Quiet”.  As the sun rises and the people in the temple wake up, the sound of a drum calls them to the main altar where they begin their morning ritual.  They chant sacred texts and prayers for…

  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…

Weaving a Dream

If we do not pursue our dreams, they will become vacant, change into an unfulfilled desire, and only remain dreams. If we follow our dreams, we will have an opportunity to realize them so that they are no longer dreams but become our goals. We must be persistent to realize these goals so that even if we have losses and failures in life, we also have attainments.

Living with the Dao

Living with the Dao

 Living with the Dao. Life is a great training center; existence is a kind of cultivation, we are all constantly refining it. The results depend on the path we choose. The “Dao” 道 is a very abstract word. Everyone understands it a little differently. For me, the Dao is a kind of natural regular pattern in the…

Becoming a Taiji and Kung Fu Master

Becoming a Taiji and Kung Fu Master

Becoming a Taiji  Master or kung fu master is something one is born to do, and also comes from one’s ceaseless training and one’s grasp of what one has studied and practiced of Taiji and kung fu. Here I will share one of my student’s personal stories. In March of 2021 I received a letter:…

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.

The Problems of Fall

What is the Problems of Fall? The fall is a pleasantly cool season. Where I live in the northeastern part of the United States, every October is extraordinarily beautiful. The multicolored foliage all over the mountains is like an exquisite picture. However, for those who understand how to nurture their health, Fall is an important…

What is a Daoist?

If you like Chinese culture, you have likely also encountered Chinese movies and folktales. Often in these stories, there are people who can ride on the wind, catch ghosts and exorcise demons, foretell the future, and advise rulers. Some of them can enter flames without being burned, or water without becoming wet, can fly to…

Inner Alchemy/NeiDan

Inner Alchemy/NeiDan

Elixirs (dan) were pills Chinese doctors made in antiquity, objects that in those times were very mysterious. In novels and movies we often see scenes where a person takes one of these pills (an elixir), and is able to come back to life, or attain the Dao and become an immortal.

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 different types of activities that Daoists involve themselves in: Reading Daoist texts Philosophy Chanting Divination…

The Fake Daoist?

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 may call themselves a Daoist priest as a way of marketing their business.  So how can…

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…

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. One such Daoist art is bigu (辟谷) which means “avoiding grains”. Bigu is a fasting method…

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…

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 over Yang. The days are shorter and colder. All living things slow down. Animals hibernate, and…

Don’t Be In a Rush

Hello everybody! In today’s post let’s talk about, in my opinion, the most important reason for not rushing through your martial arts training: injury prevention. Every good training regiment has its warm-ups. Well over 99% of the time, I see students from our school and other schools doing their warm ups consistently and properly. So…

Daoist nun – 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 Ma Yu (马钰) the son of a prominent local family. Together they raised 3 sons.…

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…

Daoist Masters – Doctor Ye

In the spring of 1999, I was 19 years old, and living as a wandering monk. In my travels, I came to the Zhongnan Mountains (钟南山) in Shaanxi Province. I visited Louguantai Temple (楼观台) where it is said that Laozi wrote the Dao De Jing. When a Daoist goes to stay at a new temple,…

The Hidden Meaning of the Daoist Topknot

Perhaps you have noticed that I have an unusual hair style.  Many Daoists have long hair worn up in a topknot.  Learning about the Daoist topknot can teach you about Daoism and Chinese culture. WordPress is evil Daoists believe that people should live in harmony with the natural flow of energy that runs through all things.  Not…

Standing Meditation for Health and Healing

Please begin by reading  “Standing Meditation for Martial Power” first. The standing meditation practices for health and healing use proper body alignment and relaxation to encourage proper Qi flow and remove physical and emotional blockages. This differs from the martial standing because the whole body is relaxed, with no force or power. Qigong style standing…

Daoist Masters – Immortal Cui

When I was 22 years old, I met a fortune telling master for the first time.  During my time as a wandering monk, I spent half a year at Mingfeng Mountain (鸣凤山) in Hubei Province.   It was there that I met Cui Ji Cai (崔吉财).  Everyone calls him Immortal Cui (崔神仙).  He was middle-aged and…

Xing Yi Quan and the Legend of Yue Fei

Of all of the martial arts that I practice, Xing Yi Quan (形意拳, Form and Intention Fist) is one of my favorites.  Xing Yi Quan is the oldest internal martial art, and is the most no-nonsense. I first encountered this style in 1995, when I was living in the martial arts academy.  We were initially…

Religion & The Martial Arts

People often ask if me it if people of other religions can study the Wudang arts.  The answer to this question is rooted in the relationship between the Wudang martial arts and the Daoist arts. “Wudang Arts” is a very broad category that could include any practice found on the mountain.  But at Wudang we practice different kinds…

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…