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The Mists of Scorsese's Silence - The American Interest

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 09:17

The American Interest

The Mists of Scorsese's Silence
The American Interest
The obscuring mists in shan shui paintings are meant to evoke awe at the hidden mysteries of the universe—a reaction that was cherished in the Taoism that influenced the style. In The Tao of Chinese Landscape Painting, Wucius Wong writes that seeing ...

Turkey's referendum could hand power on a plate to President Erdogan - New Statesman

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 19:04

New Statesman

Turkey's referendum could hand power on a plate to President Erdogan
New Statesman
As the many tributes made clear, Alexander was a brilliant and unconventional editor whose methods derived from Chinese Taoism: he achieved miracles while appearing to practise wu wei, or “do nothing”. In fact, Alexander operated instinctively ...

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A significant Friday for five million Malaysians - The Star Online

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 19:20

The Star Online

A significant Friday for five million Malaysians
The Star Online
Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) chairman Jagir Singh said it would be a great opportunity for all Malaysians to unite in prayer. “It will be a time to bond and pray for our peace and ...

'The Souls Of China' Documents Country's Dramatic Return To ... - WPPB

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:21

South China Morning Post

'The Souls Of China' Documents Country's Dramatic Return To ...
WPPB
When the writer Ian Johnson made his first trip to China in the mid-1980s, he says religious life seemed to be dead. There were few worshippers left in a country ...
Return of religion to China since the death of Mao documented in ...South China Morning Post

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'The Souls Of China' Documents Country's Dramatic Return To Religion - KRVS

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:20

'The Souls Of China' Documents Country's Dramatic Return To Religion
KRVS
Now he says the country is experiencing a dramatic return to religion with roughly a quarter of the country embracing Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam and other faiths. Johnson explores this resurgence in a new book called, "The Souls Of China ...

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A Ruist (Confucian) Lyricist Reflects upon Daoism to Commemorate Zhu Xi's Death - Huffington Post

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 08:16

Huffington Post

A Ruist (Confucian) Lyricist Reflects upon Daoism to Commemorate Zhu Xi's Death
Huffington Post
Despite sharing similar philosophical vocabularies, Ruism and Daoism are oriented towards fundamentally different worldviews. Philosophical Daoism represents a primitivist critique of all projects aiming for higher human civilization. Therefore, in ...

How Taoists Found Their Way To a Young Audience - Sixth Tone

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 23:38

Sixth Tone

How Taoists Found Their Way To a Young Audience
Sixth Tone
Last month, Shanghai's City God Temple played host to a solemn congregation gathered in celebration of the birth of Laozi, an ancient philosopher widely known as the founder of Chinese Taoism. The ceremony was held on the 15th day of the second month ...

How Taoists Found Their Way To a Young Audience - Sixth Tone

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 23:38

How Taoists Found Their Way To a Young Audience
Sixth Tone
Last month, Shanghai's City God Temple played host to a solemn congregation gathered in celebration of the birth of Laozi, an ancient philosopher widely known as the founder of Chinese Taoism. The ceremony was held on the 15th day of the second month ...

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 ...