The Dragon's Head Blog
“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 […]
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.
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
Completion of Chinese New Years Celebrations
Wishing prosperity and blessings to all in the Year of the Rabbit!
Preparing for Lantern Festival
Volunteers have been busy at the Fung Loy Kok International Centre hanging beautiful lanterns and blessings.
Happy Year of the Rabbit
新年快樂 身體健康！ Sharing good wishes near and far for health and harmony in the Year of the Rabbit!
One night during the recent five-day December retreat at the International Center in Dunedin,Florida, local branches—from Dunedin, Greater Tampa, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg—gatheredto do a demo of the Taoist Tai Chi® arts at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida,during their Holiday Lights celebration. The gardens were aglow with more than a milliontwinkling LED lights […]
Gratefully Turning Away From Worry
New Zealand held its first one-day National Retreat since the pandemic at the Bay of Plenty Branch’s new premises at the Tauranga Racecourse in the middle of October. There was a buzz of excitement as participants from across New Zealand arrived and friends greeted one another face to face for the first time in two […]
All Souls Festival Reflection
During the All Souls Festival I saw respect and caring for the souls who have passed over and the love and caring that was given through the acts of chanting and the many pledges. Seeing the altars carefully prepared was beautifully sacred and inspired me to set up my own altar in my home. This […]
Happy Birthday Felicia
A few days ago we, at the Greater Miami Branch, had a very special celebration. Felicia Ponzano, a participant of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA for the past 28 years, reached her 100th birthday! Not only that, but the week prior to her birthday, she had successfully renewed her precious driver’s license—precious […]
Portland Branch Participants Offer their First Demo in Over Two Years
On July 16, 2022, members of the Portland Taoist Tai Chi® branch held an all-day demo at TeaFestPDX. The branch has participated in this event since its inception six years ago and has enjoyed a very positive relationship with the organizers. The event returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. 70 vendors […]
All Souls Festival – Reflections
Many participants have reflected on their experiences during the recent All Souls Festival celebrations. Below are some of the comments received on Facebook. I feel the All Souls Festival is a time of special connection for us with our ancestors and ALL souls. And feeling it so strongly now, that the connection carries on throughout the […]
All Souls Festival Conclusion
Throughout the vast worldMay there be no anxiety and no hindrance.The cycles of death and life go on;What else could there be?If you go when you must go,How could you not be at ease?Turn your mind to the TaoAnd deliverance will quickly come! Chanting encouraging souls of the departed to let go of attachments and […]
Honoring and Aiding
There is a Chinese saying “When the dead are at peace, then the living shall prosper.” All Souls Festival gives the living an opportunity to express filial piety, harmony and dedication. In honouring and aiding the dead during All Souls Festival, we reduce suffering and bring blessings to the worlds of the living and the […]
Goon Yam Precious Announcements
Goon Yam, Deity of Compassion, cares for all. “She seeks out and responds to the cries of the worldMoving her spirit and revealing her compassionHer enlightened virtue towers over allAnd her power is deep beyond measureThe netherworld awakens to receive the gift of deliveranceAll beings come to health and receive the gift of life” From […]
Wisdom of the Sutras
All Souls Festival gives souls a chance to listen to the wisdom of the sutras chanted during the days of the festival and become free by resolving any attachments, entanglements, or conflicts they had during their lifetimes.
Chanting during All Souls Festival brings peace to troubled souls who have died tragically. Our special offerings for these souls help them find release from their suffering.
We all have a relationship with our ancestors. All Souls Festival provides a way to care for and maintain harmony with them. This harmony then permeates our lives and our communities. The Columbarium, the cemetery and the Memorial Hall at the Fung Loy Kok International Centre are each dedicated to caring for the souls of […]
Preparing for All Souls Festival
As we prepare for All Souls Festival we compose ourselvesWe approach the tasks with respectful intentionCarefully, and with reverence we place items on the altarFlowers, fruit, Jai, tea, wineWe light incenseIt is muted, quiet. There is a palpable sense of connection.We chantAt closing it is joyful Can I approach my life with the same respectful […]