The Dragon's Head Blog
Applying His Teachings as I Age
Aging is giving me perspective on why we are encouraged to practice the Taoist Tai Chi® arts daily. It takes ongoing perseverance to prevent worry from taking up space in my mind and blocking the path forward. Whatever I need to face life’s challenges has been gifted to me through his teachings. I only need to be […]
Reflections on the 8 Virtues: Sibling Harmony To live at peace as brothers and sisters – Respectful of others The Confucian virtue of Sibling Harmony counsels us to live in peace with our brothers and sisters and to be respectful. Following the death of my older brother, this virtue was of key importance for me. Despite my grief […]
Reflections on the 8 Virtues: Filial Piety Reverence and loving care of our parents – teachers – elders The practice of working together and taking care of others, a core element of our training, has helped me enormously. I came from a dysfunctional background and for as long as I can remember, I […]
Motions of the Tao
Have a look at this documentary examining the practices taught by Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism. It explores how Taoist spirituality is rooted in the cultivation of health through the transformation of body, mind and spirit. Click to watch full video
Tin Hau Festival
Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism celebrates the Festival of Tin Hau (Empress of Heaven) today with chanting for the world. Tin Hau represents devotion, sincerity, care and protection and is known for rescuing people in distress, especially those at sea. She is particularly venerated in the coastal areas of China and by Chinese communities worldwide.
The Power of Softness
A 7-day Taoist Retreat in the European Centre helped us see a way to live our lives more peacefully, developing healthier habits through daily practise; not rushing, not worrying, but taking the time to be soft, feel the inside, balance and improve step by step. We were helped to see the importance of a strong […]
“My heart felt light”
I am sure I will remember forever the openness and willingness to support and connect with each other which I am now learning to recognise and experience as important elements of the Taoist Tai Chi™ way. I reflected on what was different for me in how it felt going into this new environment as a […]
Ching Ming Festival
The Ching Ming Festival provides an opportunity to honour our family members who came before us. By paying respect to our ancestors, we bring peace and prosperity to future generations.
Ching Ming Festival
The Ching Ming Festival provides an opportunity to honor our family members who came before us. By paying respect to our ancestors, we bring peace and prosperity to future generations.
“Let go and trust”
In March, eighty participants traveled from all over New Zealand to take part in a one-day Retreat hosted by the Wellington branch, which was also a celebration marking 30 years of Taoist TaiChi™ arts for their Branch. A cake-cutting ceremony was held, with bubbles for a toast. Thefestivities continued in the evening with a formal […]
Return to the Center
Recently I took the opportunity to return to the International Center. The main entrance was closed, so a new gate could be constructed. I drove slowly via a path carved through the forest, behind the pond. I welcomed this slower pace as it gave me more solitary time to reflect on the beauty of nature […]
Goon Yam Festival
The Bodhisattva Goon Yam (Guanyin) inspires us to take to heart her example of compassion. Fung Loy Kok participants from many countries chant to pay respect to Goon Yam and to express our intention to bring peace and harmony to the world.
Lord Lao Festival
Yesterday people of all ages from around the world gather to celebrate the Festival of Lord Lao (Laozi, Lao-Tzu). In coming together to chant for the world and give thanks for the teachings of Taoism, we all benefit from the opportunity it offers to transform ourselves to become better people.
Training in the Taoist Tai Chi® arts gives me physical well-being and a pleasant sense of tranquility. I feel a deep and sweet sense of joy from my practice. ~Louise-Anne
World Mental Health Week
No matter how overwhelming the situation Taoist Tai Chi® practice has given me the tools to cope. I am someone who has suffered depression, anxiety and panic disorders but now Taoist Tai Chi® practice keeps me joyful and I have a good life. ~Kirosa
My Practice is my Medication
I have overcome and transformed anxiety and panic attacks with the best medicine available: Taoist Tai Chi® arts. Long ago, after being diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorder, my doctor prescribed medication. After a year of Taoist Tai Chi® practice I was able to stop the medication. My daily practice has allowed me to develop a sense of calm, confidence, […]
Borrowing from the Vault of Goon Yam
On the 26th day of the first lunar month (Feb 16), Goon Yam opened her vault for all to borrow blessings with promise to repay by the end of the year. Visitors to the temple paid their respects and set their intention for a year full of brightness and prosperity!
First Full Moon of the New Year
The first full moon of the Year of the Rabbit shone brightly at the International Centre near Orangeville.
Lantern festival: a light that brings us together
Last Saturday, we celebrated the Lantern Festival and the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit with an intensive. The group was happy to see each other again, at first unsettled by the fact of practicing together. Then gradually, by focusing on expansion and compression, the group was able to experience the feeling of being […]
Completion of Chinese New Years Celebrations
Wishing prosperity and blessings to all in the Year of the Rabbit!