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Nine Methods of Taoist Breathing

Taoist meditation, Nourishing Life Arts, and Internal Alchemy practices all incorporate some or all of the following nine breathing methods to help mobilize the Qi. These represent the nine classifications and training methods for the breath, falling under the Taoist theories of “regulating the breath” (調息, tiao xi) and “refining the breath” (鍊息, lian xi)....

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Secrets of Taijiquan Posture Names

This blog reproduces material from the ongoing series on Taijiquan posture names that appears in our monthly Newsletter. It will be updated on a continuing basis.   In 1919, Master Xu Yusheng (許禹生), an early student of the Yang family, published an incredible and informative book simply titled, Taijiquan (太極拳), one of the earliest literary...

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Yellow Court Seminar – Opening Remarks

On January 28 & 29, 2017, Stuart Alve Olson conducted his first seminar on the Yellow Court Scripture, focusing on volume 1 of the Yellow Court Book Series. This video is a portion of his opening remarks. See the Yellow Court Seminar DVD Series at Valley Spirit Arts for more information....

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Master T.T. Liang Interview

This interview with Master T.T. Liang (1900 to 2002) was filmed when he was 93 years old. Master Liang was born during the 1st Moon, 23rd Day, and to celebrate his life and acknowledge his great influence, we recite his favorite text, the Tai Ji Quan Treatise, and chant the Great Compassion Mantra (Da Bei Zhou) in his honor, as well as […]

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Excerpt from Refining the Elixir

This blog post presents the Conclusion section to Stuart Alve Olson’s introductory material in his latest book: Refining the Elixir: The Internal Alchemy Teachings of Taoist Immortal Zhang Sanfeng © 2016 by Stuart Alve Olson. Refining the Elixir The whole process of internal alchemy, especially in the structure Zhang Sanfeng presents, is really not that complicated. If we look […]

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Year of the Fire Monkey 2016

The Year of the Fire Monkey is a year of excitement and constant change, both financially and politically. For the first six months or so the world will feel as though it’s being shaken and toppled over, seeming as chaotic as hundreds of monkeys chattering loudly in the trees. Around September, the Monkey matures, quiets down, and comes...

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Laba Festival

The Laba Festival (腊 八 節) is the last of the Chinese Eight Festival Days. Falling on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month (January 17, 2016), the Laba Festival was originally a day when people prepared sacrifices for their ancestors, and to request of Heaven and Earth good fortune for the family at...

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Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove 7-Part Series

竹 林 七 賢 Zhu Lin Qi Xian The Seven Sages (or Worthies) of the Bamboo Grove were a group of third century CE Taoist scholars, writers, and musicians who opposed Confucianism, adhering to the philosophies of Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi. Their history and story is really well told in this remarkable film production by...

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