Resources: Books, Links, Articles, Movies, etc.
Posted 09 February 2007 - 09:40 PM
Please give the site a visit... It is an island of tranquility.
Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:10 AM
A little expensive, but absolutely worth it.
Posted 29 May 2007 - 05:54 AM
go see the
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
"Taoist philosophy and Tai Chi movement blend in this critically acclaimed dance work".
visit this page for information http://www.tpecc.org...s/MoonWater.htm
you can also purchase a dvd at Amazon http://www.amazon.co...N/dp/B0000TSRBK
Edited by rain, 29 May 2007 - 10:39 PM.
"Reality is nothing but a collective hunch."~Jane Wagner
Posted 23 June 2007 - 04:24 AM
Oh ya, btw, his books entitled The Quest and The Journey are temporarily out of print,
and so are not listed on his School's website, but used copies can be easily acquired
online; and I highly recommend them! Also, check out Fred Alan Wolf's stuff as well!
LINK 2 => Free MP3 Audio of Castaneda's Teachings - Scroll down for them.
Edited by Yen Hui, 23 June 2007 - 03:59 PM.
Posted 30 July 2007 - 09:00 PM
I found this DVD really helpful - the visual representation of energy flow is very good. (a preview of energy patterns available on the site)
From the blurb on site: "6-hour mind/body program, master-teacher Ramel Rones instructs essential movements and training exercises, with a focus on four popular Tai Chi Patterns: Ward Off, Rollback, Press, and Push. You will learn to develop and utilize the internal (Qi) energy that can be found within all Tai Chi movements."
Recommend it highly.
Posted 09 September 2007 - 03:23 PM
Reading Osho and Alan Watts genuinely helped me to wake up...
Osho: When the Shoe Fits and The Empty Boat - Both contain commentaries on Zhuang-zi's parables
Tao: The Pathless Path - Commentaries on Lie-zi
Alan Watts: The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Eastern Wisdom - An inexpensive collection of three of his short but profound works -
What is Tao? What is Zen? An Introduction to Meditation
Thomas Cleary (translations): The Secret of the Golden Flower
Opening the Dragon Gate
Kuo Lien-Ying: The Tai Chi Boxing Chronicle
Deng Ming-dao: The Chronicles of Tao
Raymond Smullyan: The Tao is Silent
Posted 16 September 2007 - 07:21 PM
"The Illustrated Canon of Chen Family Taijiquan" is universally acknowledged by Taijiquan practitioners as the seminal sourcebook of Chen Taiji philosophy and techniques. A work of intense scholarship which took over fourteen years to complete, this tome was intended by its author to be both the first ever written repository of Taiji lore, and a referential resource for Taiji instructors and practitioners for generations to follow.
The English translation of this canon in its entirety was made by an experienced Taiji practitioner and scholar of Chinese culture Alex Golstein and marks the first ever attempt to translate into English Chen Xin’s highly esoteric and detailed technical explanations of Chen-style Taijiquan techniques, including his meticulous inscriptions for over 400 illustrations. Given the complexity of the material, the main objectives of this translation are twofold. First, to render the work accessible to as wide an audience as possible by modernizing and simplifying the language while conserving the integrity of the author’s intention and instruction. To this end, the Pinyin system has been used to standardize the spelling of all Chinese nouns, and footnotes have been added wherever additional clarification was deemed necessary. The second objective is to encourage its usage as a reference book by improving on the user-friendliness of its structure. Hence, minor adjustments were made in the order and naming of the chapters, and more importantly, the order of inscriptions explaining the illustrations have been clarified through a detailed numbering system. Detailed table of contents was also added to facilitate navigation through the 750 pages of this book.
Readers will find this first edition a useful introduction into the philosophy and techniques of Chen Taijiquan and a valuable source of knowledge as their practice and understanding evolves.
Feel free to download a sample from all 4 volumes in PDF format here
For orders and enquiries email email@example.com
Edited by roman, 16 September 2007 - 07:24 PM.
Posted 28 October 2007 - 02:08 AM
Dan Millman - Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Dan Millman - No Ordinary Moments
Zen - Alan Watts
Anthony Robbins - Notes from a Friend
Danny Wallace - Random Acts of Kindness/Join Me
Bruce Lipton - The Biology of Belief
OSHO - Intelligence, Intuition
Eckhart Tolle - Practicing the Power of Now
Sugar Blues - William Duffy
Posted 29 October 2007 - 08:51 AM
THE BIG LOVE -- here's an interview with Dr. Bradford Keeney, a psychologist recognized as a shaman by the Bushmen. http://www.beliefnet...ry_16144_1.html
interesting article on ecstatic altered states posted by Drew Hempel.
Fun links on taoist astology from Taomeow:
Thanks for the link, Sean,
looks pretty cool. I know this stuff, although I'm no stranger to that "scratching the surface" feeling, it seems to be inevitable with all those taoist goodies... the more you know, the better you understand how little you know!
Below I will post a list of fairly reliable resources -- good luck exploring!
I occasionally do the Four Pillars professionally, but have never advertised and all my clients have been word-of-mouth referred. Please PM your info if interested. smile.gif
Cat, I'll be happy to do yours too.
Master Peter Leung
Director of the Toronto-based Feng Shui Association of Canada, Master Leung is a TCM (Tradition Chinese Medicine) practitioner specializing in the treatment of cancer and chronic diseases. Also, he is a master of and on-line instructor in TCM, feng shui, divination, astrology, and palm and face reading.
Master Raymond Lo
Master Lo offers worldwide professional training courses in feng shui and The Four Pillars of Destiny, a method of Chinese astrology. Lo is the author of seven feng shui books in English and in Chinese.
Master Joseph Yu
Founder of the Feng Shui Research Center in Toronto, Canada, Master Yu offers on-line and worldwide in-class training courses in feng shui, Chinese astrology (The Four Pillars of Destiny and Zi Wei Dou Shu), and the Yijing. He is the co-author of the second edition to The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feng Shui (Alpha Books, 2002), and has co-authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to the I Ching (Alpha Books, 2001) with Elizabeth Moran.
Articles and Software:
Feng Shui Living
The "doorway to feng shui" presents seminars, articles, Four Pillar readings, and feng shui consultations by the most respected feng shui masters worldwide. Maintained by Nancy Pond-Smith, the site offers books, luopans, and many other unique feng shui products.
Serious students of classical feng shui visit his site regularly to download free articles about Xuan Kong feng shui, The Four Pillars of Destiny, and Nine Star Ki.
Moderated by Ray Langley, this discussion group focuses on Chinese astrology and classical feng shui. Although beginners are welcome, this list is mainly geared toward those with a solid foundation of the aforementioned traditions. Ray offers an extensive archive with many translations of Chinese texts. For more information and to subscribe, go to http://groups.yahoo....hineseastrology.
Moderated by Peter Leung and Nina Wilson, this forum provides instruction and support for students interested in feng shui and The Four Pillars of Destiny.
For more information and to subscribe, go to
I Ching Yijing
Moderated by Ray Langley, this group encourages discussion about the Yijing. For more information and to subscribe, go to
Classical Five Elements Chinese Astrology Made Easy, by David Twicken.
Feng Shui: The Pillars of Destiny, Master Raymond Lo. Times Books International,
Singapore, 1994-2000. Can only be purchased at FengShuiLiving.com.
Four Pillars and Oriental Medicine: Celestial Stems, Terrestrial Branches and
Five Elements For Heaven, by David Twicken. iuniverse.com, 2000.
Posted 27 November 2007 - 08:41 PM
talking about the lessons of the tao way of life is
because the real way is a revealed way
Chapter 14, Tao Te Ching
It’s been said that there are more translations of the Tao Te Ching than any other book besides the Bible. For many, the ancient admonitions of Lao-tzu, sage of the “Way,” speak directly to some atavistic longing inherent in the inner reaches of the human spirit. Yet, Lao-tzu chose to leave his manifesto in the most obscure poetic language at his disposal. It’s as if the Way that can’t be called a Way, is merely a word puzzle of unfathomable dimensions. At least, that’s what we’ve been led to understand for the last 2,500 years.
At one point, all historical traditions were transmitted orally, including various methods of cultivating the Tao. This was true in Lao-tzu’s era, and for those who followed the old sage, at least until printing became a viable mode of encoding knowledge. The methodology for ensuring that one’s students received an accurate imprint of specific spiritual technologies was by way of “mind-to-mind transmission.” Taoists and their cousins, the adherents of Ch’an Buddhism, found this method to be the only true way to pass the torch from one generation of cultivators to the next.
Sifu John Bright-Fey’s Whole Heart of Tao is our era’s window into that ancient oral tradition. As the 12th lineage holder of a Ch’an Buddhist esoteric order, the author received transmission of Lao-tzu’s classic from two Taoist masters. This required being adept in esoteric forms of qigong, meditation, and Chinese calligraphy. From the book’s introduction, it is clear that Bright-Fey didn’t approach the transmission lightly. He is one of the few who have the credentials and skill to pass this knowledge on to the rest of us.
This book is not the Tao Te Ching most readers are cozy with. The oral rendition varies considerably from most translations, in that it purports to be a road map to the cultivation of the Way. The essence of Lao-tzu’s wisdom is coaxed from the student’s intuitive awareness during the transmission. Guided by the master, the student is led to the inner meaning of the Way during mystical periods of “trans-conscious” experience, which results in a deep insight into Lao-tzu’s inner teaching. “It is an act of literary surrender to the poetic moment so total that the receiver of the direct transmission is fundamentally altered forever.”
As is apparent, Bright-Fey’s Whole Heart of Tao is anything but an academic rehash of an ancient manuscript. Instead, the reader is presented with an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the ineffable Way that is the Tao, descended from “the secret oral tradition of the T’ien-Shih, or ‘Celestial Masters,’ sect of Taoism that combines elements of both the philosophic and religious schools.” Interestingly, adherents of this school “are charged with maintaining a continuous link with Lao-tzu himself in order that authentic Taoist wisdom of the past will always be available in the present.”
The historical character we know as Lao-tzu lived in China during the Spring And Autumn Classical Period and is said to have been from the state of Ch’u. Named Li Erh and working as an Imperial librarian, he was destined to become known throughout history as The Ancient Child (Lao-tzu), at least by those determined to follow in his lofty footsteps and cultivate the mysterious Way.
His poem, for that is what the Tao Te Ching is, spans a total of 5,000 archaic Chinese characters. The original language is “at once cryptic, terse, and very beautiful and eloquent.” Cultivators allege that the poem reflects the personality of the poet, and thus refer to the classic simply as “The Lao-Tzu.” Regardless of one’s historical perspective, the poem remains an intriguing exposition of the mystical relationship between the individual and what we’ve come to call the Universe.
John Bright-Fey stands out in a crowded field of authors who write about Taoism. Yet, without casting disparity on the majority of books about the Way, many of which are vital in their own right, it is fair to say that, until now, readers simply didn’t have access to the kind of knowledge within the pages of The Whole Heart of Tao. Some will invariably gnash their teeth at the idea that an esoteric rendition of one of the world’s most popular pieces of literature has finally chosen to surface. Such is life.
But for those with an open mind (we are talking Taoism here), Bright-Fey has opened a door into the fascinating tao of the Tao. That he walks the walk as an initiate of Taoism makes the adventure that much more inviting.
do not be in a hurry for the future
rather allow the unnamed to flow into the named
to reveal the
Chapter 32, Tao Te Ching
Edited by EQi, 27 November 2007 - 08:42 PM.
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