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Goon Yam Festival

Goon Yam Festival

Participants in the Taoist Tai Chi® arts from around the world chanted “together/apart” on Wednesday, November 4 to celebrate Goon Yam (Guanyin), the bodhisattva of compassion. Goon Yam inspires the cultivation of compassion within ourselves. Celebrating her through chanting, our intention is to bring more peace and calm to the world. Fung Loy Kok Institute of […]
Personal Reflections on Chanting

Personal Reflections on Chanting

“I noticed on the Saturday chanting that I was really opening up my jaws when chanting. Pronunciation is still lacking but my entire face was getting a workout. We don’t usually think about exercising head muscles when we practice our Tai Chi. This Saturday I found that the opening of the mouth was more pronounced […]
Praktyka chantingu

Praktyka chantingu

Praktyka chantingu To był mój drugi raz, gdy brałam udział w chantingu on-line. I takie wyzwanie! 60 stron! No pogubię się i co będzie!A tu wielka niespodzianka dla mnie samej – śpiewałam cały czas. Nie było żadnych problemów. Nawet jak internet się zawieszał to szło dalej gładko. Ale jest jeszcze jeden niezwykły dla mnie skutek. […]
Caring for ourselves and others

Caring for ourselves and others

To the Senior Leadership of Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism, thank you for all that you are doing to assist with our individual journeys to a deeper level of Taoist Tai Chi® practice.   In the last several months I have certainly found a deepening of my own practice and a clearer understanding that […]
All Souls Festival – Honoring Those Who Passed

All Souls Festival – Honoring Those Who Passed

FLK held virtual All Souls chanting ceremonies online this year. In Chinese culture the All Souls Festival is one of the most important festivals of the year.  The 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 […]
Personal Stories – The Netherlands

Personal Stories – The Netherlands

Sitting on a chair doing my tai chi. In mid-July I fell off my bike and broke my left knee. Suddenly my life came to a standstill and took another direction. My life changed from being a very active person to having the pace of a snail. After Covid-19 arrived in The Netherlands in March […]
Personal Practice – USA

Personal Practice – USA

Solo practice has changed and deepened both my acceptance of change and my Taoist Tai Chi® practice.  It has been fascinating to notice how my daily practice changes.  It’s not “just the tai chi” but also where it fits in my life.  In the last week I have begun to do a whole set first thing […]
A journey starts with a single step…TRUST!

A journey starts with a single step…TRUST!

I’ve been doing Taoist Tai Chi for nearly 3 years and it’s the only thing I’ve found that really helps with my fibromyalgia symptoms, so during the pandemic it’s been important to keep up regular practice on my own. The weekly Zoom calls with my class have been very helpful with motivation to keep practising, […]
All Souls Festival Reflections

All Souls Festival Reflections

Last Saturday, the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism  offered an opportunity to observe and or participate in the All Souls Festival in a live online format following the weekly chanting opportunity.  Being familiar with some other traditions for the deceased, I was intrigued and curious but intended to just ” stay for awhile”.  Long […]
A happy constraint

A happy constraint

I must say that, until recently, I was not constant in my individual practice: a few exercises and only occasionally, given that our club was there for practicing with the others, so …The lockdown made it impossible to practice in a group and therefore practicing alone was the only option. It was a happy constraint […]
Reflections on practising alone together

Reflections on practising alone together

Going out to a Tai Chi class had been a staple of my weekly routine for so many years, I couldn’t imagine how it would feel without that physical link to the Society, the meeting with other members, and the practising together. I’ve always practised regularly at home, but I’ve now realised I’d been doing […]
Personal Practice – USA

Personal Practice – USA

The Joy of Tai Chi “Saturday morning chanting and discussions have been my source of Taoist Tai Chi ® practice during the pandemic. I appreciated encouraging words from the international leaders by sharing Master Moy and his teaching. I have a little deeper understanding of confidence, trust and less worry each time I listen.  And Tallahassee branch zoom meetings on […]
More lockdown discoveries…

More lockdown discoveries…

I took part in the danyu challenge and did over 2,500. I really enjoyed doing it and all my aches and pains vanished. One night just after I had completed the challenge I tripped over my big labrador dog and fell flat on my face. I am 65. I lay a minute waiting to see […]
Personal Practice in the Netherlands

Personal Practice in the Netherlands

In the beginning of the Corona lockdown I felt stressed and unsettled. In some ways, I was busier than ever with my family, struggling with limited energy, leaving me less and fragmented time to practice.  Participating for the first time in the “Chanting for the World” immediately calmed me down and made me very quiet. […]
a set-saver on the wall

a set-saver on the wall

I work in an Epidemiology Department so, from the very beginning, the lock-down found me in so called smart working, meaning working at home with a big load, many hours a day, seven days a week. Tense and tired, I started practicing foundations, every now and then during the day, just to stretch and slow […]
Personal practice in France

Personal practice in France

Personal practice during the quarantine I have been practicing Taoist Tai Chi for almost three years. I won’t list the myriad benefits it has given me, in terms of both physical and mental health and the changes in my life, as it would take too long to list them all. During confinement, I continued to […]
Chanting messages

Chanting messages

I would like to say a big “thank you” for the Chanting sessions on Zoom.  My Tai Chi journey started in October 2018 when I went along to my first beginners class. I found it challenging to maintain my practice since the classes were paused.  I have had the time to be able to reflect […]
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