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Ian Johnson on Religion in China, Past and Future - The Diplomat

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 13:05

The Diplomat

Ian Johnson on Religion in China, Past and Future
The Diplomat
One of the first places I went to was the White Cloud Temple because I wanted to explore China's indigenous religion, which is Taoism. When I went there in 1984, it was really small, much smaller than it is today. This was of course just eight years ...
China's Unlikely Religious RevivalAsia Society (blog)

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Was Bo Diddley a Buddha? - New York Times

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 03:20

New York Times

Was Bo Diddley a Buddha?
New York Times
The idea, dominant in Taoism and Zen, is that one should try to find the natural way of doing something and then simulate, or align oneself to it, as opposed to forcing it. For example, the butcher should carve the animal at its joints, not in ...

The Two Wolves - The Good Men Project (blog)

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 13:31

The Good Men Project (blog)

The Two Wolves
The Good Men Project (blog)
In the Chinese philosophy of Taoism, Yin symbolizes negativity, passivity, the feminine element of nature, the moon, shadow, the hidden, the nebulous, the north side of the hill. Correspondingly, Yang stands for positivity, energy, the male element of ...

A challenge to 'do nothing': The benefits of yin yoga - Inquirer.net

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 06:58

Inquirer.net

A challenge to 'do nothing': The benefits of yin yoga
Inquirer.net
At the crossroads between Chinese medicine, the slow approach of Taoism and the poses of Indian yoga, it is a meditative activity with a focus on deep breathing. Unlike the other more energetic forms of yoga, the poses, which must be held on the floor ...

China makes room for religion - Dallas News (blog)

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 16:31

Dallas News (blog)

China makes room for religion
Dallas News (blog)
Xi was a pragmatist, but evidence also points to his being motivated by genuine respect for traditional Chinese faiths, such as Buddhism, Taoism and folk religion. He became a regular visitor to Linji Temple, helping to dismantle bureaucratic hurdles ...

Oh Gaia! I'm a Taoist! - Greenpeace International (blog)

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:04

Greenpeace International (blog)

Oh Gaia! I'm a Taoist!
Greenpeace International (blog)
Now, decades later, I believe the Taoist teachings help me avoid feeling depressed about the state of the world. Taoists trust the natural process of things. Taoism and modern deep ecology share a perspective about the world, how life works, what is ...

The Souls of China by Ian Johnson – the resurgence of religion after Mao - The Guardian

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 04:39

The Guardian

The Souls of China by Ian Johnson – the resurgence of religion after Mao
The Guardian
In pre-modern China, religious attachment lacked this absoluteness: believers veered between the “three teachings” (Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism) according to social and ritual need. Religion blurred ubiquitously into political power. Control of ...

Who were the world's very earliest vegans? - The Independent

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:34

The Independent

Who were the world's very earliest vegans?
The Independent
Other notable vegan-leaning leaders include the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten who banned animal sacrifice because he thought it was sinful to take away any given life by the Aten god. Taoism and Chinese Buddhism in the late 4th century stipulated that ...

Act 164 should be tabled in as it is in Dewan Rakyat's order paper ... - The Sun Daily

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 06:21

Act 164 should be tabled in as it is in Dewan Rakyat's order paper ...
The Sun Daily
PETALING JAYA: The Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Act 2016 (Act 164) should be debated and passed as it is as the 11th item on the ...

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Try Yin yoga to manage stress and improve sleep this spring | health ... - Hindustan Times

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:12

Hindustan Times

Try Yin yoga to manage stress and improve sleep this spring | health ...
Hindustan Times
Yin yoga is gentle and slow but very effective at reducing stress and driving up energy levels.

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East meets West as Chinese artist visits Texas A&M - Bryan-College Station Eagle

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 01:30

Bryan-College Station Eagle

East meets West as Chinese artist visits Texas A&M
Bryan-College Station Eagle
"As he sees it, the Western painting doesn't have that element of Eastern painting that comes from Daoism and Buddhism, that you have to practice and meditate at a higher level," Xiao said. "He [sees his work] as merging that spiritual level of ...

Today in Korean history - Yonhap News - Yonhap News

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 01:13

Today in Korean history - Yonhap News
Yonhap News
Choi Je-u establishes Donghak (eastern studies), an indigenous Korean religion that integrated ideas of Christianity, Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism as ...

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Chinese man uses his testicles to pull seven cars | Daily Mail Online - Daily Mail

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:34

Daily Mail

Chinese man uses his testicles to pull seven cars | Daily Mail Online
Daily Mail
Martial arts expert Ye Wei broke his own record on March 30 after pulling seven vehicles for eight metres (26ft). He attached a rope to his testicles and use the ...

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Muslim imam convicted of promoting enmity between religious groups, fined $4000 for comments on Jews, Christians - Mothership.sg (registration)

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 09:40

Mothership.sg (registration)

Muslim imam convicted of promoting enmity between religious groups, fined $4000 for comments on Jews, Christians
Mothership.sg (registration)
He apologised on Friday to the representatives of Christianity, Sikhism, Taoism, Buddhism and Hinduism, alongside members of the Federation of Indian Muslims. On Sunday, the imam also travelled to the Maghain Aboth Synagogue to apologise in person to ...

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Eliminating Shakespeare to make room for Lady Gaga and Zulu poetry - Arutz Sheva

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 00:57

Arutz Sheva

Eliminating Shakespeare to make room for Lady Gaga and Zulu poetry
Arutz Sheva
As Pascal Bruckner has written, “a zest of zen, two pinches of Taoism, a slice of Inca, a little of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, two tablespoons of Tanzanian socialism, a nice cup of Chinese cultural revolution, a slice of Iranian Shiism, boil slowly ...

Anxiety, then relief for non-Muslim religious leaders after PM announcement on Shariah Bill - Yahoo News

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 23:20

Yahoo News

Anxiety, then relief for non-Muslim religious leaders after PM announcement on Shariah Bill
Yahoo News
It will remain dead as long as it does not get the government's backing,” Jagir Singh, vice-president of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

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Interfaith Voices: Dances of Universal Peace offer timely message ... - Corvallis Gazette Times

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 11:38

Corvallis Gazette Times

Interfaith Voices: Dances of Universal Peace offer timely message ...
Corvallis Gazette Times
I first discovered the Dances of Universal Peace when attending a Sacred Dance Week at Pacific School of Religion in California in the early 1990s.

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2017 China - Dujiangyan Water Releasing Festival Widely Acclaimed by Tourists Worldwide - PR Newswire UK (press release)

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 00:33

2017 China - Dujiangyan Water Releasing Festival Widely Acclaimed by Tourists Worldwide
PR Newswire UK (press release)
On the morning of April 2, the event sponsor will carry out the grand "Water Releasing Ceremony" at Dujiangyan, home to a pair of World Heritage sites. With live performance that will integrate Taoism and nature's principal "heaven and man in one", the ...

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Tao of Thao: Cottage Grove artist mixes the spiritual with the everyday - South Washington County Bulletin

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 08:10

South Washington County Bulletin

Tao of Thao: Cottage Grove artist mixes the spiritual with the everyday
South Washington County Bulletin
"I was learning about Buddhism and Taoism. To me they were very peaceful. Watercolors remind me of tranquility or calmness. Water is very fluid." The medium is useful in capturing the flux of everyday life, he said. "As of right now I love exploring ...

Writing China: The Return of Chinese Soul-Seaching - Wall Street Journal (subscription) (blog)

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 00:09

Wall Street Journal (subscription) (blog)

Writing China: The Return of Chinese Soul-Seaching
Wall Street Journal (subscription) (blog)
In parks scattered across Chinese cities are millions of brightly colored exercise machines, popular among the elderly. Ian Johnson's new book, “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao,” tells their unlikely backstory: They were installed ...