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As I write this I am traveling on a 200-mph train from the north of China to the south.

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Writing at 200 MPH in China

I am a Taoist monk who grew up in a secular Jewish household, second generation American on my father’s side, fourth on my mother’s. Family luminaries include a New York State governor, a TV house-call doctor, and a co-founder of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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The great Taoist sage, Laozi teaches us that the universe follows patterns and cycles.

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A Taoist Take on Trump

Last night we learned just how fractured America really is. We heard the voices of a heretofore relatively silent population who may or may not hold the same views we do. The effects of a new and different foreign and domestic policy profile remains to be seen.

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Our brains, you see, are simply designed for finer data than what our digital world, with all its devices, can provide.

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An Addiction Cure for the Digital World

Our brains, you see, are simply designed for finer data than what our digital world, with all its devices, can provide. In our formative stages, we human beings lived in an aboriginal state in tune with the horrors and favors, beauty and beasts of nature. The...

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Making mindfulness a goal makes just about as much sense as worshiping a screwdriver in an art gallery.

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Mindfulness, Addiction, and Technology

Making mindfulness a goal makes just about as much sense as worshiping a screwdriver in an art gallery. Recently, I’ve noticed the growing popularity of the mindfulness movement. Mindful gardening, mindful eating (I’ve written on that subject myself), mindful driving...

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Our universe is full of fractals. Tai chi ch’uan, a physical and energetic embodiment of the Taoist philosophy of Lao Tze, is a fractal too.

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Tai Chi is a Fractal

Our universe is full of fractals. Tai chi ch’uan, a physical and energetic embodiment of the Taoist philosophy of Lao Tze, is a fractal too. In recent years, computers have helped artists and scientists alike to better understand the notion of fractals. These are...

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In practice, tai chi’s yin and yang dimensions help us to return our mind to its original clarity and stillness, wuji.

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What is Tai Chi?

In practice, tai chi’s yin and yang dimensions help us to return our mind to its original clarity and stillness, wuji. First and foremost, the martial art of tai chi ch’uan (the full name means Supreme Ultimate Fist) functions as a gateway to Taoism, a Chinese...

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“There is no moment but this, there is no shot but this one.”

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Taking Aim at Mindfulness

“There is no moment but this, there is no shot but this one." As shocking as it may be to hear from a Taoist monk, I’ve loved target shooting since I was a boy. Well, perhaps given China’s history of warrior monks, it’s not all that shocking. Simplicity is inherent in...

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Spirituality simply must be about turning our ideals into actions so as to manifest the maximum possible good in the world.

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Taoism Is Environmentalism

Spirituality simply must be about turning our ideals into actions so as to manifest the maximum possible good in the world. Recently, I penned a review of the movie Interstellar, a science fiction blockbuster that chronicles a plan to find a new place for mankind to...

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Let’s find a mindful, balanced, and harmonious alternative to hating and killing everyone and everything in the name of what we say we believe.

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Cinematic “INTERSTELLAR” Misses A Great Opportunity

Let’s find a mindful, balanced, and harmonious alternative to hating and killing everyone and everything in the name of what we say we believe. The just-released film Interstellar, while certainly a feast for the eyes, represents, in one fell swoop, much of what is so...

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