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What Does the Yin-Yang Symbol Really Mean?
What is the meaning of the Taoist Yin-Yang symbol?
What Is the Taoist Concept of Wu Wei?
An exploration of the Taoist concept of wu wei.
Taoist Visual Symbols
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.
What Do Taoists Mean When They Talk About Qi...
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What Is the Meridian System In Chinese Medicine...
An overview of the meridian system - the network through which qi travels, to nourish and energize the human body.
The Inner Smile
Let your attention rest now right in the center of your brain. This is a place referred to in Taoism as the Crystal Palace.
Yin-Yang Symbol
An introduction to the Yin-Yang symbol - Taoism's most well-know visual symbol, which is also known as the Taiji Symbol.
How To Practice Standing Meditation
Standing Meditation is a simple yet very powerful tool for opening the flow of qi through the meridians.
Abdominal, Reverse & Vase Breathing
Three simple Taoist breathing practices which nourish the energy of the lower dantian, and are frequent components of qigong practice.
Mapping The Territory: Index Of Taoism Articles
A guided introduction to this Taoism website.
An Introduction to the Eight Extraordinary...
The Eight Extraordinary Meridians represent the body's deepest level of energetic structuring.
Introduction To The Five Shen Of Chinese Medicine
The Five Shen - Shen, Zhi, Yi, Hun and Po - are the spirits, or aspects of consciousness, associated with the five yin organs of Chinese Medicine and qigong practice.
The Taoist Five Elements
An introduction to the Five Element System used in Chinese Medicine, Qigong and other Taoist practices.
How Does Qigong Work?
An exploration of the mechanisms of qigong practice.
Major Festivals of Taoist Deities
These are the festivals celebrated in most Taoist temples ...
Tao Te Ching (Daode Jing) - Translation &...
An exploration of verse 42 of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (aka Daode Jing) - inspired by the English translation and commentary by Hu Xuezhi.
What Is The Microcosmic Orbit? - Ren & Du...
In the Microcosmic Orbit qigong practice, we learn to circulate our qi in a continuous circular pathway joining the Ren and the Du meridians. Here's a simple, enjoyable version of this classic qigong practice.
Internal Alchemy In Taoist Practice: An Overview
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A Beginner's Guide to Taoism
In broad brush-strokes, paints a pictures of the landscape of Taoist practice: its rituals, ceremonies & systems of divination; its qigong & meditation practices; and its foundational text ~ the Daode Jing.
Dragon & Lion Dances
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 9.
Shaolin & Wudang Styles Of Kung Fu: A...
A introduction to and comparison between Shaolin external martial arts and Wudang internal martial arts.
Acupressure Treasures - Hui Yin - Ren 1
A qigong acupressure practice to activate and balance Hui Yin - the first point on the Ren meridian.
How to Practice Walking Meditation
Walking Meditation is a wonderful way of turning something that we do every day into a deeply healing, deeply nourishing and enjoyable tool for our awakening.
Stage One Of Qi Cultivation: Discovering Our Qi
The first step for a qigong practitioner is to discover qi - to establish a direct awareness of the presence of life-force energy within our bodymind.
What Are the Three Treasures in Taoism?
An introduction to the Taoist Three Treasures: Jing (creative energy), Qi (life-force energy) and Shen (spiritual energy).
Chinese New Year 2016 ~ Year of the Monkey
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival.
Ba Gua
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. Page 4.
The Taoist Eight Immortals
An introduction to Taoism's
Acupressure Treasures: Lao Gong - Pericardium 8
An introduction to Lao Gong - the 8th point on the Pericardium meridian - used in acupressure, acupuncture and qigong healing.
Acupressure Treasures: Yong Quan -- Gushing/Bub...
An introduction to Yong Quan -- Bubbling/Gushing Spring -- the first point on the Kidney meridian.
Taijitu Shuo
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. Page 2.
Altars & Rice Porridge
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 4.
Koi Fish
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 10.
The Three Purities Of Taoism - An Introduction
The Three Purities are the highest deities in the Taoist pantheon.
How Qi Flows Through the 12 Main Meridians
During each two-hour period of the day, qi is flowing strongest in one of the twelve main acupuncture meridians.
Snakes: Auspicious & Imaginary
An exploration of the Buddhist Two Truths via a Patrul Rinpoche text and the rope/snake metaphor.
Preparing For The New Year Celebration
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 3.
Five Element Chart
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. Page 3.
Hun & Po: The Ethereal & Corporeal Soul...
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What Is Acupuncture?
What is acupuncture? What does it feel like to receive a treatment?
Acupressure Treasures - Zu San Li - Stomach 36
An introduction to Zu San Li - the 36th point on the Stomach meridian - with instructions on how to locate and apply acupressure to this powerhouse point.
Tuning Into Witness Consciousness
Important to the practice of Taoist (as well as Buddhist and many other) forms of meditation is the cultivation of Witness Consciousness, or the energy of Mindfulness - the capacity to observe the contents of our mind, without identifying with them. Here's a simple practice to support you in developing the Witness Consciousness.
Wuji (Wu Chi) - Meaning In Taoist Cosmology
What is Wuji (Wu Chi)? How is it related to Taoist cosmology?
Why Many Taoists Believe in the Healing Waters...
Soaking in a hotspring is one of the most enjoyable ways to initiate deep healing and rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit.
Taoism & Tantra
An exploration of Taoist notions of flow and continuity, through the lens of Buddhist and Hindu tantra.
The Lantern Festival
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 11.
Hong Bao
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 8.
Jin Yuanbao & Jiaozi
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 7.
Bai Hui - Hundred Convergences
An introduction to Bai Hui - the 20th point on the Governing Vessel, on the crown of the head.
An Introduction To Chakras & Dantians
What is the relationship between Chakras and Dantians?
Introduction To The Governing Vessel - Du...
An introduction to the Governing Vessel (aka Du Mai or Du Meridian) -- the most yang of the body's meridians.
Projection, Pure Perception, Emanation
Thoughts on projection, pure perception and emanation in Taoist and Buddhist practice.
Xin Nian Kuai Le!
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 12.
Taoist Cosmology - An Overview
Taoism's story of the origin of the universe.
An Introduction To Chinese Herbal Medicine
An introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine which - along with acupuncture, tuina, qigong and dietary therapy - form the core of Chinese Medicine.
Stage Two Of Qi Cultivation: Gathering Qi
In stage two of qi cultivation we learn how to gather qi as nourishment for our bodymind.
Daojia, Daojiao & Other Basic Taoist Concepts
Brief descriptions of Daojia, Daojiao, the Three Treasures, Bagua, Gotto-Heavens & Wholesome Earths, and a number of other key Taoist concepts.
Qi (Chi): Various Forms Used In Qigong &...
An overview of the various kinds of Qi (Chi) used in the practice of Chinese Medicine and Qigong.
The Three Treasures of Taoism
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Introduction to Laozi - the Founder of Taoism
Introduction to Laozi (Lao Tzu) - the founder of Taoism and author of the Daode Jing (Tao Te Ching).
Stage Five Of Qi Cultivation – Directing Qi
When our body is healthy, it has the capacity to heal itself. When dis-ease is more extreme, we can consciously direct qi to reestablish health and harmony
The Taoist Concept of Pu: Pu as the Uncarved...
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Nei Jing Tu
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. Page 7.
Lo Pan Compass
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. Page 5.
Guide Review - David Loy's "Nonduality: A Study...
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Hearts In Agreement
What is spiritual friendship? Taoism.
Guide Review: Elizabeth’s Colostrum Odyssey
Elizabeth's review of colostrum supplements - and recommendation for two companies: Immune Tree and Synertek.
Supplicating The Kitchen God
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 5.
From Vision To Great Bliss
How anger and fear can arise as great bliss.
Acupressure Treasures: Yin Tang
An introduction to Yin Tang - gateway into the Upper Dantian, home of shen/spirit. Includes acupressure instruction.
Taoist Sage Zhuangzi's Butterfly Dream &...
Robert E. Allison begins his exploration of Chuang-tzu’s Butterfly Dream anecdote by presenting two frequently used interpretive frameworks
Colostrum FAQ
What is colostrum? What are its benefits? - and other frequently asked questions about supplementing with bovine (cow) colostrum.
Acupuncture Yuan Source Points
An introduction to and listing of the Yuan Source Points used in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Qi Emission (Fa Gong) & Distance Qigong...
What is qigong healing? (Also known as Fa Gong, qi-emission, energy-healing & distance-healing)
Acupressure Treasures - He Gu - Large Intestine 4
How to use self-massage qigong acupressure at He Gu - the fourth point on the Large Intestine meridian - to relieve common ailments such as headache, toothache, sore throat, eye pain, neck pain and constipation.
Chinese New Year's Eve
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 6.
Acupressure Treasures: Nei Guan -- Pericardium 6
An introduction to Nei Guan, the sixth point on the Pericardium meridian, including acupressure technique and point location.
Guodian Bamboo Strips
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. Page 8.
The Taoist Altar
Each object on a Taoist altar represents an aspect of Taoist practice or Taoist cosmology. This article explores the symbolic meaning of a standard Taoist altar.
The Taoist Scripture Nei-yeh Full Text
Introduction to the Nei-yeh -- a Taoist scripture translated into English by Harold Roth.
Major Taoist Holidays in 2015
The first of the major Chinese/Taoist holidays for the Gregorian 2015 calendar is the Laba Festival -- the official beginning of extended Spring Festival celebrations. The Laba Festival falls on January 27th -- which is actually the 8th day of the 12th lunar month of the previous (lunar) year. The Chinese New Year itself (the first of the major holidays) is not until February 19th.
He Tu & Luo Shu Diagrams
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 Shu diagrams, the Neijing Tu, and the Guodian bamboo strips. Page 6.
Benefits Of Qigong - Physical, Mental,...
Qigong practice has many benefits: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Baibai: The Taoist Ritual Of Offering Incense...
The practice of Baibai - offering incense to the altar - is central to ceremonial forms of Taoism.
Cultivate Wu Wei by Practicing "Aimless...
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Taoism History and Major Events in Chinese...
A brief history of the major events of Taoism, traced through China's dynasties.
Stage Three Of Qi Cultivation: Circulating Our Qi
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Glossary with Pinyin and Wade-Giles Translitera...
A Taoism glossary of common Taoist terms, in both pinyin and Wade-Giles transliterations, with short English definitions.
Emptiness In Taoism & Buddhism
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The Shamanic Origins of Taoism
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Introduction To Taoist Poetry
Poetry has played an important role in Taoist practice - as a cultural expression of the Taoist aesthetic of simplicity and harmony, as well as a form of practice in and of itself.
Guide Review: EarthCalm Nova Resonator Pendant,...
A Guide Review of EarthCalm's Scalar Resonator -- state of the art protection from man-made EMF's. The Scalar Resonator is worn as a necklace and, via it's scalar resonance technology, supports the body in re-establishing a grounding in the Earth's electro-magnetic field, which allows the immune system and meridian systems to function as self-healing mechanisms.
Taoist Immortal Lu Dongbin (Lu Tung Pin) - An...
An introduction to the Taoist Immortal Lu Dongbin.
Five-Element Generating (Sheng) & Control...
An introduction to the Five-Element Generating (Sheng) and Control (Ke) cycles.
Acupuncture & The Emotional Freedom...
What's the relationship between acupuncture and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) -- also known as
How The Chinese Ghost Festival (Zhongyuan Jie)...
The Ghost Festival (Zhongyuan Jie) is a traditional Chinese holiday and Taoist festival celebrated on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month.
Embryonic Breathing
An introduction to Taoist Embryonic Breathing (Tai Hsi).
Acupressure Treasures: Tai Yang
How to apply acupressure at Tai Yang, to resolve headaches, eye-strain and other common ailments.
Taoist Flower Gazing Meditation
An introduction to the beautiful practice of Taoist Flower Gazing.
Acupuncture Xi Cleft Points
Xi Cleft points are where the qi and blood of a meridian pool.
Wudang Kung Fu
An introduction to the internal martial arts tradition of China's Wudang Temple.
Kan & Li Inner Alchemy Practice - Water...
An introduction to Kan & Li (Water & Fire) Inner Alchemy practices -- through which an Immortal Fetus is formed.
Tomb Sweeping Day - Qing Ming Jie - Clear...
Tomb Sweeping Day, or Clear Bright Festival (Qing Ming Jie) is a traditional Chinese festival and Taoist holiday.
Taoism & Sexual Energy
The role that sexual energy plays in formal Taoist practice is quite unique, and perhaps very different from how you're used to thinking about and relating to sexual energy ...
Introduction To Taoism
In broad brush-strokes, paints a pictures of the landscape of Taoist practice: its rituals, ceremonies & systems of divination; its qigong & meditation practices; and its foundational text ~ the Daode Jing.
Gender & The Tao - The Role Of Women &...
An exploration of various aspects of gender in the history, philosophy and practice of Taoism.
At The Movies
Imagine that you own a multiplex cinema: a movie theater complex with multiple screens. At any given time, as many as sixteen different movies may be playing, simultaneously – each on its own screen, with its own audience of viewers, within its own theater ...
EarthCalm EMF Protection: For A Healthy Home...
EarthCalm EMF protection products for a healthy home & balanced body-mind: benefits, research & reviews. Learn why protection from man-made EMFs is essential in today's world, and how EarthCalm's state-of-the-art technology can help by providing scientifically-proven products to keep you safe, both in your home and on-the-go. Excellent support for meditation, yoga, qigong and martial arts practice!
Buddhist Mindfulness Training & Qigong...
There is a deep link between the experience of impermanence in Buddhist Mindfulness training and the concept of Qi as used in East Asian medicine and martial arts. This article explores these connections.
What Is Moola Bandha?
An introduction to the practice of Moola Bandha, which awakens the energy of the Snow Mountain/Golden Urn area at the base of the spine.
Acupressure Treasures - Feng Chi - Gallbladder 20
An introduction to Feng Chi - Gallbladder 20 - for acupressure useful in resolving common ailments of the head and neck.
Great Taoism Books For Beginners
An introduction to nine great books for the beginning Taoist practitioner -- and wonderful also for those with more experience!
Introduction To The Conception Vessel -- Ren...
An introduction to the Conception Vessel (aka Ren Mai or Ren Meridian) -- the most yin of the body's meridians.
Naturalness & Spontaneity In Taoist Practice
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Traditional Chinese Medicine & Five Element...
What is the difference between a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five Element approach to practicing Chinese Medicine?
Mudra
A mudra is an energetic seal. Taoism.
Simple Taoist Lifestyle Recommendations
The choices that we make moment to moment are the essence of Taoist practice. Here are some daily and yearly patterns that I've found to be supportive of my practice, and which have been recommended by the great Masters of the past, also!
Brief Meditation Periods: Do They Really Work?
Q&A around the issue of micro-meditation periods: do they really work?
Nourish Snow Mountain/Golden Urn: Our Energetic...
The energetic center which in Tibetan Yoga is called Snow Mountain, and in Taoist practice is referred to as the Golden Urn, is one of the most important physical/energetic “spaces” in qigong/Inner Alchemy traditions.
Practice Notes: Truth & Democracy
Is truth a democracy? Let's explore ...
Guide Review: EarthCalm Infinity Home EMF...
A guide review of EarthCalm's Scalar Home Protection System, which offers state-of-the-art EMF protection for your entire living-space, and all the people within it. The device plugs into any electrical outlet and -- via its scalar resonance technology -- modulates the AC electrical current in such a way as to support the body's connection with the electro-magnetic field of the Earth.
The Legend of Nian
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 2.
Pulse Reading In Acupuncture & Oriental...
An introduction to the art and science of pulse reading in Oriental Medicine.
What Is The Sushumna Nadi (aka Chong Mai)?
An introduction to the Sushumna Nadi or Chong Mai, in relation to Taoist yoga.
Dragon Boat (Duanwu Jie) Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Jie, is a traditional Chinese festival and Taoist holiday that falls on fifth day of the fifth lunar month – and hence is also known as Double Fifth Day.
Acupuncture Luo Connecting Points
An introduction to the Luo Connecting Points used in acupuncture.
Colostrum For Enhanced Immunity, Healthy Skin...
Review of Synertek Colostral Skin Serum, Synertek Organic Herbal Tooth Powder, and Immune Tree LimuZ6 -- three great colostrum products.
The Search for Immortality in Taoism
An exploration of Taoist Immortality, and its relation to the Christian Gospel Story and Esoteric Stages of Initiation.
Celebrating The Mid-Autumn Festival - Zhongqiu...
The Mid-Autumn Festival - Zhongqiu Jie - is a traditional Chinese holiday and Taoist festival that is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
Dantian
The Dantian are the main locations where qi is gathered and transformed.
White Skeleton Visualization
An introduction to one version of the Taoist White Skeleton Visualization.
Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) - Introduction To The...
Along with Laozi (Lao Tzu) and Liezi (Lieh Tzu), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) is one of philosophical Taoism's most important figures.
Alchemy In Taoist Practice
Introduces the two main forms - internal and external - that alchemy practice has taken in Taoism.
Who's Driving The Bus?
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Poetry & Red
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival.
Qi (Chi): Various Forms Used In Qigong &...
Explores the various forms of qi (chi) found within the human body, as used by acupuncturists and qigong/Inner Alchemy practitioners.
Practice "Healing Sounds" Qigong To Transform...
A simple Taoist qigong practice to transform fear into nourishment for our inherent wisdom and child-like wonder.
Qing Gong - Qigong Martial Arts Lightness...
Qing Gong is a technique for making the body extremely light.
Sushumna Nadi - The Core Of The Subtle Body
The Sushumna Nadi is the core of the Yogic body.
Major Taoist Holidays in 2016
Major Taoist Holidays in 2016, with both Lunar & Gregorian/Solar dates, including Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival and Dragon Boat Festival.
Profile of Immortal Woman He (Xian Gu)
An introduction to He Xian Gu - the only woman of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
Stage Four Of Qi Cultivation: Purifying Qi
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The Five Hindrances of Taoism
An introduction to the pancha klesha - the five hindrances as articulated in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Includes a discussion of Samkhya vs. Taoist understandings of the human body.
The Completely/Perfectly Existent Nature
An introduction to the Completely or Perfectly Existent Nature -- one of Three Natures of Existence useful in understanding Taoist Visualization Practice.
History of Colostrum as a Supplement In Ancient...
A brief history of bovine colostrum as a supplement.
How The Double Ninth Festival (Ching Yang Jie)...
The Double Ninth Festival (Chong Yang Jie) is a traditional Chinese holiday and Taoist festival celebrated on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month.
Spiritual Maturity & The Child-Like Taoist...
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Qigong - What Is It?
Practices whose aim is to cultivate life-force energy (qi) are known as qigong.
Eight (Plus One) Inspirational Books To Awaken...
Brief reviews of eight inspiring books that are filled with spiritual wisdom, including the work of Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Shunryu Suzuki and Paramahamsa Yogananda.
Relieve Computer Eye-Strain With This...
Relieve computer eye-strain in just five minutes with this simple, wonderful acupressure sequence.

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