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…

  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…

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…

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…

Horsetail Whisk

The Horsetail Whisk (拂尘) is a special weapon. It is made by binding the hair from a horse’s tail to a long wooden handle. The horsetail whisk is associated with spiritual power. It is said that the person who holds the whisk is not an ordinary person. Practical The horsetail whisk originated as a fly…

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…

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…

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 in the North” (南郭北匡). This saying refers to two famous Daoist martial artist masters, Guo…

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.…

What’s Wrong with the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts?

The traditional Chinese martial arts are wonderful. They are an irreplaceable part of Chinese cultural heritage. Their teachings encapsulate the the wisdom of thousands of years. They create a flexible, strong mind and body. Practicing these arts is a way to give yourself the gift of physical and mental well being. WordPress is evil But,…

How Daoists Say “Hi”

Instead of waving to each other or shaking hands, Daoists says “hi” use a hand gesture called the Zi Wu gesture.  The same hand gesture is also used for devotional practices and in meditation.  But, what does the Zi Wu Gesture mean?  In order to understand the Zi Wu gesture, we need to talk a bit…

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…

Why Taiji

One of the questions I get asked a lot by our students is, “what is your favorite style, Henry?” To which I answer with not a moment’s hesitation, “Taijiquan.” This catches a lot of students off guard since they usually see me coaching our Kung Fu classes and demonstrating the fast and dynamic movements there. …

8 Immortals

The 8 Immortals

If you are practicing Wudang style martial arts, I am sure you have heard of the 8 Immortal staff and sword forms.  The 8 Immortals are a group of folk heroes who play an important role in Chinese culture. They first appeared as a group in the Ming Dynasty novel Chronicle of the Eight Immortals’…

Standing meditation for Martial Power

When you hear the word “meditation” you probably picture a person sitting down.  But, standing meditation (zhàn zhuāng 站桩) is a simple and powerful practice you can use to build strength, improve balance, increase sensitivity, calm the mind, and promote healthy Qi flow. There are two main types of standing meditation depending on your goals:…

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…

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…

Shaolin Vs. Wudang

Many people in the United States ask me the difference between Wudang style and Shaolin style.  Both Shaolin and Wudang are traditional Chinese martial arts, but they are different in many ways. SHAOLIN Shaolin style kung fu comes from Shaolin Temple, in Henan Province, Northern China.  Legend has it that around 500 CE, a Buddhist…

Daoist Masters – Su

In 1999, when I was 19 years old, I stayed in the Jade Spring Temple (玉泉院) on Hua Mountain in Shaanxi Province.  One of my closest friends on Hua Mountain was Zhong Faqing (钟法清) a Hua Mountain Daoist who I had met when he was visiting Wudang Mountain. One evening after dinner, Zhong Faqing said…