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Return to *dao*: a personal account

Return to *dao*: a personal account

Daoism as paradox As I sit down to think of how to describe what I know of Daoism, I see a complex and confusing tapestry open up before me – a fabric with rich hues, subtle textures and fascinating spaces that enfold and expand in mysterious dimensions. This tapestry...
Reflections on training

Reflections on training

If it’s not too philosophical, I think it’s often important to reflect on why we practise. A daily practice is not as much about consistent progression in your technique as it is about giving yourself a constant background on which your behaviour, and thus...
Bi Gu (辟谷) – Giving Up Food…

Bi Gu (辟谷) – Giving Up Food…

An important aspect of Daoist alchemical practice is Bi Gu (辟谷) or ‘abstaining from grains’. The term often appears within books on the internal arts but there is rarely anything in the way of further discussion of what the term actually means. In many cases the term...
Free Sample of Scholar Sage Book

Free Sample of Scholar Sage Book

Here is an extract from the new Scholar Sage book. Singing Dragon sent this sample out via their mailing list so I thought I would share it here as well. In the extract featured below we have one of the articles which was previously included on this site a while back....
Damo on Nei Gong Basics

Damo on Nei Gong Basics

Here is a brief video I put together ‘off the cuff’ for a Qigong festival held by Singing Dragon some time ago. I decided to discuss the theory of Jing and problems people may encounter when beginning any practice of Nei Gong or Qi...