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Taoist Arts & Culture

Taoism's rich and varied artistic heritage includes poets, painters, calligraphers, musicians, story-tellers and many more ... whose collective efforts have gifted us with a wealth of beauty - inspired by and reflecting the Taoist world-view.
  1. Calligraphy (6)
  2. Music (7)
  3. Myths & Stories (14)
  4. Painting (4)
  5. Poetry (19)
  6. Sacred Sites & Mountains (8)
  7. Tea Ceremony (2)
  8. Visual Symbols (13)

Taoist Visual Symbols - Image Gallery
An introduction to eight important Taoist visual symbols: the Yin-Yang symbol, the Taijitu, the Five-Elements chart, the Ba Gua, the Lo Pan compass, the He Tu and Luo Sho charts, the Neijing Tu, and the Guodian bamboo strips.

The Yin-Yang Symbol
What is the meaning of the Taoist Yin-Yang symbol?

When Things Fall Apart
A Taoist/Buddhist practitioner reflects upon Kevin Ware's injury in the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Eight Inspirational Books To Awaken & Enrich Your Life
Short reviews of eight (Taoist and related) books that have had a profound effect on my life, including the work of Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Shunryu Suzuki and Paramahamsa Yogananda.

"The Way" - a Portrayal in Ink & Pixels of Taoist Cosmology
A computer animation in Chinese ink-painting style which illustrates the emergence of Yin/Yang from Tao, the birth of the Bagua (eight trigrams), and the creation of the "ten-thousand things" which flow and change continuously. Wonderful!

What Is Feng-shui?
What is feng-shui? An introduction to the history, theory and practice of this ancient Taoist art and science.

The Empty Mind - Kyudo
Kyudo is the Zen/Shinto practice of contemplative archery. While not belonging formally to the Taoist path, it embodies much of the Taoist aesthetic, and is a beautiful example of using an art-form as a spiritual practice.

"The Way" - a Portrayal in Ink & Pixels of Taoist Cosmology
An amazing computer animation in Chinese ink-painting style, which illustrates beautifully the Taoist insight that everything is in constant flow and change ... don't miss this :)

Yo-Yo Ma: Music as Spiritual Practice
In this delightful video introduction, Yo-Yo Ma touches on the importance of "beginner's mind" - being guided by a child-like enthusiasm, joy and curiosity - as well as the importance of a teacher/mentor ... themes which resonate clearly with Taoist practice. Enjoy!

Training of a Taoist Priest: Rice Paper Walk
"When you can walk the rice paper without tearing it, then your steps will not be heard," says Master Kan to the young Caine, in the TV series "Kung Fu."

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