Recently we had the opportunity to see a performance by a visiting Chinese culture troupe at the Bullis School in Potomac Maryland. The Bullis School is an elite private preparatory school for boys and girls from 3rd grade to high school.
The Chinese troupe featured performing artists from all over China who presented short acts [...]
Day 6, Wednesday, April 21 (Xizhou)
We began the day before breakfast by practicing the Eight Pieces of Brocade in the courtyard at 8 AM. A bunch of government officials including, so we were told, the Governor of Yunnan Province, came to watch the Westerners who practiced Qigong and Tai Chi with an American Master [...]
Our group began the day with our final Tai Chi and Qigong class. We closed with a lecture on Nature and Man as One. We covered a great deal of material in this journey: body opening Nei Gong, Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade, Qi Gathering and Replenishing Techniques, External Qi Healing, and medical Qigong. All [...]
This morning we said goodbye to our hosts at the center. It was wonderful to stay and study Qigong and meditation in such a beautiful and peaceful setting.
Every Yin has its Yang, and that took the form of a crazy bus ride to Lijiang located in Yunnan, China. The bus driver was a very [...]
Today we travelled to Wei Bao Shan (Wei Bao Mountain), considered one of the major Taoist mountains in China. The drive took a couple of hours and we travelled on a newly built highway through the mountains. This region is home of the Yi people, who wear a distinctive green costume. They sometimes walk their [...]
We journeyed through the Yunnan countryside as we headed for Dali and Xi Zhou. Scenic hills and valleys alternated like Yin and Yang to weave a brocade-like landscape.. Yunnan is suffering from a severe drought, the worst in 80-100 years. Normally the climate is more like a temperate rain forest; but even with drought, it [...]
Today was an action packed day. In the morning we enjoyed practicing Qigong in Jing Shan (Scenic Mountain) the park north of the Forbidden City. The parks in China are well used. Due to the density of the population, there’s not much open space at home, so many Chinese will use the parks for exercise. [...]
Generally speaking, the first part of any culture that gets exported is its products. It is pretty easy to understand why we got silk, spices, and china from China before we got philosophy and Kung Fu. Trade goods don’t need context, just cash.
China has been trading with the west for thousands of years. But [...]
Traditional Chinese Culture reached its height during the Tang dynasty (618 – 907 CE). This was the golden age of Chinese civilization where the country actually tried to practice much of what the great masters taught. Taoism and Buddhism flourished, Confucianism was not yet a tool of repression, and women enjoyed many freedoms. Military technology [...]