Forbidden Rice Podcast

For those of you practicing tai chi, you’ll enjoy this discussion of making and directing “power”.

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Forbidden Rice: Tai Chi Power

Yunrou lays out and explores a model and way of thinking of the body that will give you a greater understanding of how power is created. Using the analogy of a car’s power-train, you’ll also see how that power makes it way through the body.

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Through story, Taoism is a gorgeous, elegant, and practical way to understand how the world works.

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Forbidden Rice: Religion and Stories

Through story, Taoism is a gorgeous, elegant, and practical way to understand how the world works. https://youtu.be/nYGiFwQjHrE The early ideas that underpin Taoism came from shamans spending time looking at the natural world. Later Taoism became a coherent philosophy...

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You’ll wonder whether the little girl you’re about to see converse with me might not just be someone very special.

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Forbidden Rice: A Chat with Katerina

You'll wonder whether the little girl you’re about to see converse with me might not just be someone very special. https://youtu.be/Fi9j0GfUIGA In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, top lamas are reincarnated and must be identified by specific tests administered by...

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Sugar is in everything! Why? What is going on?

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Forbidden Rice: Sugar

Sugar is in everything! Why? What is going on? https://youtu.be/lH6KPyfjUq8 What's the problem with sugar? Are we the victims of a vast corporate conspiracy to addict us and command our dollars? Sugar is in everything! Why? What is going on? No matter the reason, the...

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What do weapons represent for tai chi players?

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Forbidden Rice: Tai Chi Weapons

What do weapons represent for tai chi players? https://youtu.be/83egdr1GwoA Can a concern for the welfare of the world and spiritual things coexist with a weapons practice in the martial arts? Yunrou recounts a conversation with his godfather that led to some...

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Isn’t it marvelous the way the world works sometimes? Nothing’s by chance.

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Forbidden Rice: Coincidence or Synchronicity?

Isn't it marvelous the way the world works sometimes? Nothing's by chance. https://youtu.be/5oFwcldTZS0 While in Hawaii on a writing retreat, in a small shop, Yunrou discovers a pair of neolithic shamans in the guise of small stone statuettes. They come from the...

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Has the idea of service lost it’s meaning? Has service become a menial, dirty word?

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Forbidden Rice: In Service

Has the idea of service lost it's meaning? Has service become a menial, dirty word? https://youtu.be/Q5HcN0AQjic Has the idea of service lost it's meaning? Has service become a menial, dirty word? Yunrou offers a few stories on the failure to serve and what a loss it...

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By what do we measure the intelligence of the other creatures with which we share this world?

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Forbidden Rice: Animal Intelligence and Consciousness

By what do we measure the intelligence of the other creatures with which we share this world? https://youtu.be/d7LtukOe_L8 Welcome to the Forbidden Rice Podcast, an ongoing series of talks in which I don rose-colored glasses and address subjects that can be sticky,...

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Throughout history, humankind has had a habit of forgetting things we’ve learned.

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Conversations with Yunrou: Cycles of Knowledge

Throughout history, humankind has had a habit of forgetting things we've learned. https://youtu.be/5XwF0CTC154 Specific knowledge is gained and then, somehow, lost. Also, while we're learning new things, we're also forgetting old things. Things like culture, language,...

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