Tribute to Li Ying, my Taoist Teacher

It is with sadness that I say goodbye to Li Ying, a real Taoist master.
The first time I met Li Ying, in 1999, I felt a very strong connection with her, which deepened over the years when she started teaching me ancient Taoist practices.

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Book Review | Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape

Hunger Mountain by David Hinton follows the journey of a man as he walks up a mountain reflecting upon the universe from a chinese poetic viewpoint.
This writing is poetry in motion. I wanted to wake each morning and walk with David up the mountain, sharing his re-discovery of no-mind, something which he discusses so wonderfully within these pages.

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The Tao of Business?

Recently, a student who is an entrepreneur, asked me this:  “How do you run a business and live life in the Tao? Running a business is all about the push, I think. Making things happen moves things along the desired path of growth and success. I can find the state of being so much easier when I go into meditation or even simple relaxation, but how do you maintain the Tao in a state of business? They just don’t seem to go together.”

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When Mountains become Dragons

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon and our own End of the Year Dragon Ceremony (which you can all take part in on February 8th or 9th 2013) we have included an excerpt from this beautiful book by David Hinton called Hunger Mountain, published by Shambhala. Enjoy!

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Symbols

In Okuden level II and Shinpiden level III of the system of Reiki specific symbols are taught. Symbols play a large part in many spiritual traditions. Today we will be looking at some Chinese Taoist symbols on an old woodblock print. These look very similar to the first symbol taught in Okuden. What is interesting to note is that Taoist teachings were imported into Japan from as early as the 6th century. Some of the Chinese Taoist teachings were integrated into Japanese Shintoism and Buddhism, but also developed into a Japanese practice called Onmyodo, the Way of Yin and Yang.

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The Great Bright Light

The traditional Japanese system of Reiki uses several symbols and mantras in its teachings and ongoing practices. These symbols and mantras are tools that help you deepen your understanding of and directly experience your true nature.

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Oneness

In recent years many practitioners of spiritual practices, including the system of Reiki, can be found discussing Oneness. But does this talk really express Oneness or has it gradually become a simplified concept; a new fad?

Let’s take a closer look at traditional understandings of Oneness and how this relates to modern interpretations.

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Japanese Arts and Ways - Part I Podcast

Frans and Bronwen Stiene interview author H.E. Davey - founder and Director of the Sennin Foundation, a Center for Japanese Cultural Arts in California. The word “Sennin” describes the ancient Japanese equivalent of a yogi.

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