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Time to register For Master Dong   1 comment

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Sifu will be here February 9-12th 2017

Here is the registration form:

Dong Workshop Maui 2017

Posted January 11, 2016 by The Maui Taoist in Uncategorized

Qigong on Maui in the news!   2 comments

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Expert Qigong instructor Cory Williams teaches the concepts of energy arts on the lawn at Kaunoa Senior Center.

Maui Mindset

The Valley Isle has some of the happiest seniors in Hawai‘i. Is it simply a Maui state of mind? Or is there more to it?

by Aimee Harris from Generations Magazine

The fact that each year people from all over the world move to Maui to retire must say something … or perhaps it says a lot.

During a recent trip to the Valley Isle, Generations Magazine found two qualities that make Maui County a magnet for the more mature crowd: Residents are very civic minded, and the county’s elected officials care for its seniors — both in word and in deed.

“What makes Maui attractive is our philosophy of taking care of each other,” says Ruth Griffith, administrator of Kaunoa Senior Services, a division of the County of Maui’s Department of Housing and Human Concerns. “Maui County is made up of small communities. We look out for one another. Even our seniors who receive support services want to give back to the community, whether its by helping our children, volunteering for local nonprofits or assisting the sick and frail. Maui seniors play a vital role in maintaining our thriving communities.”

In government, elected officials support senior health and fund senior programs even during hard times, such as the most recent recession. “Maui County is amazing in terms of its commitment to seniors,” says Griffith.

Due to the Baby Boomer generation, the number of people turning 60 in Maui County will nearly double by 2020, according to the Maui County Office On Aging. In addition, there is an unreported number of seniors who move to Maui County to retire each year.

In response to Maui’s next big wave of seniors, the county is placing more focus and funds on health, well-being and prevention. “It’s our job to find ways to keep seniors healthy, engaged and giving back to the community because they are a gold mine of information, time and wisdom,” says Griffith.

Of the many services and organizations in Maui County, Kaunoa Senior Center in Pa‘ia and the West Maui Senior Center in Lahaina serve as central hubs of activity for senior programs and activities. The centers provide opportunities for seniors to learn and grow through five ongoing, countywide programs:

● Leisure/Wellness Programs

● Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

● Congregate Nutrition Program

● Assisted Transportation Program

● Meals On Wheels

● Adventures, Ambitions & Altruism

The article is about Kaunoa in general, and the only thing about qigong here is the photo. Thank you to everyone for helping to get this image as the center two page spread lead photo. Increasing awareness about the Taoist arts is very helpful and we are very grateful to Generations Magazine for using our class as an example of “the happiest seniors in Hawai‘i.”

Read the entire article here: Generations

Posted December 17, 2013 by The Maui Taoist in Uncategorized

Relax, Peace is within you…   6 comments

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Each day is a new beginning.
I believe many people today are arriving in the “New Millennia” finding out that everything has changed!
We are all fully realized in the material world. How else could you be reading this now?
It seems to me that we should want for nothing material anymore. The human race has definetly mastered materialism.
Today the world finds itself in many conflicts of culture and ideology, numerous countries are coming apart as well.
This time in human history we have more important things to resolve as we evolve as humans.
I believe spiritual and scientific paradoxes, if reasoned out, can be the breakthrough that transforms the human race.
Qigong, is spiritual and scientific, Taoist philosophy resolves and harmonizes all paradoxes.
Qigong can bring the human race to a new awakening like no other discipline in history.

Train each day,
Know that every breath is the spirit returning,

Reduce your desires and cravings…
Simplify your involvements in the world…
Calm your mind and let go your burdens.

Enter the enlightened age of peace and harmony through Taiji!

Copyright Cory Williams 2013

Tranquility   3 comments

 

Tranquility

 

Tao gives and gives and yet it is never exhausted, it wants for nothing as it is always giving. All things return to the source; the more they give the more they receive.

I drink from the mother’s breast, connected with the one source. The mother’s milk nourishes me and I shall want not for things of this world. I am not my mind, or my body or my emotions…. I am spirit.

I am the eye of the hurricane, a still point within the vortex of the matrix. The world blows by as everyone scurries about, but I alone am unmoved by mundane things. I want nothing from anyone but to be left in peace.

Sometimes I’m ahead and then sometimes I’m behind, and yet it matters not. My life is not for others, I am the flame, I cannot be burnt.  I have died the little death…. The past is irrelevant, the future does not exist… my spirit lives now and that is all that matters.

Posted October 21, 2010 by The Maui Taoist in Tao, Uncategorized

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Sitting Qigong Class at Kaiser   1 comment

Maui Lani Clinic October 14th 21st and 28th  11-12 noon

I’ll be sharing some things I’ve learned from Dong Zeng Chen

Learning to do seated qigong is part exercise and part meditation and unlike almost anything you have ever done before. Tuning up your internal energies such as, breath, circulatory, nervous, chemical, hormonal, mental, emotional and spiritual systems is a key reason we take up Taiji.

Doing seated qigong effects a person differently from Taiji, focusing the mind more inwardly connecting with a different set of channels that flow qi in your body, mind and spirit. As Taiji (for a beginner) is about moving the body around, sitting qigong is more about moving energy around within the body.

Movement and stillness……Alternating between movement and stillness, learning to sublimate your energy, changing matter into energy directly, using the mind to focus the qi……Calming your mind and healing past emotional traumas, getting clear internally, feeling the growing spirit within you. All these things bring you a new level of self-awareness.

Wuji, Qigong and Taiji: all these methods work in concert to improve your life. We need to balance movement with stillness, standing with sitting, internal and external, yin and yang into yin/yang. Doing sitting qigong fills a void in my life in a way that standing and Taiji cannot.

Learning the basics of seated qigong may be the most valuable experience of your life.

Follow the link below to sign up:

https://members.kaiserpermanente.org/kpweb/classes/detailpage.do?bodyContainer=/htmlapp/feature/030classes/HAW/MauiLaniC/HAW-MauiLani-Exercise-ChairQigong.html

Taiji and Qigong at the Smokestack   1 comment

“Plantation Days” celebration in Lahaina (Last years poster) Click image to enlarge

I’m going to be demonstrating Taiji and Qigong at this celebration.  This is looking like it’s going to be a fun time for the whole family on two nights in Lahaina.  Food, music, and Taiji….. Plus lots more; something for everyone.

I do a lot with the Wo Hing Temple in Lahaina as part of the Taoist tradition. My friend Busaba Yip Douglas is always a pleasant soul to work with and this time she has me doing a Taiji and qigong demo as well as a late night meditation session at this exciting event.

The event is for two days, Friday and Saturday October 22nd and 23rd.
I will be there from 5:00 PM until 10:00 both nights.  I usually just keep doing Taiji and qigong for three or four hours just to add some ambiance to the evening. I hope to see you there….

Activities at the Chinese Cultural Festival Area
FRIDAY OCT. 22
5pm – Chef Dean: Cooking Demo by UHMC
6pm – BLACKOUT ON ALL ACTIVITIES
7pm – Chinese Contribution to Hawaiian Plantation by Fawn Shang Hug (powerpoint)
8pm- Tai Chi – Qi Gong by Cory Williams

Ongoing activities/displays:
6-8pm:  Chinese knotting by Brenda Wong
Children’s Activities:  Chinese Fan Making, Dragon and Lion Hand Puppets, Chinese Lanterns
Chinese Lion Display
Chinese Contribution to Hawaiian Plantation Display
Wo Hing Display: Annual Cultural Festivals and Celebrations in Lahaina
Chinese Food and Ingredients Display
DVD presentation on Chinese History, Traditions, and Healing Arts
SATURDAY OCT. 23
4pm – 5pm Nien Gao Demonstration (Chinese New Year Rice Cake) by Teresa Zhang
6pm – 7pm Tai Chi -Qi Gong Demonstration by Cory Williams
7pm – 9pm Cooking Demonstrations by Chef Bobby Santos

On Going activities/displays:
6-8pm: Chinese Knotting by Brenda Wong
Children’s Activities:  Chinese Fan Making, Dragon and Lion Hand Puppets, Chinese Lanterns
Chinese Lion Display
Chinese Contribution to Hawaiian Plantation Display
Wo Hing Display: Annual Cultural Festivals and Celebrations in Lahaina
DVD presentation on Chinese History, Traditions, and Healing Arts
Chinese Food and Ingredients Display

Posted September 29, 2010 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events, Uncategorized

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Sifu Fong Ha here on Maui!   3 comments

Sifu Fong Ha comes from our lineage.... Starting his Taiji training from Master Dong's grandfather in 1953

Starting September 28th through October 10th Master Fong Ha will be here giving a workshop at Kamaole #3 Beach Park in Kihei.

He will not be here on the weekend of Oct. 2nd & 3rd

There is no charge! Just show up and learn…

6:00 AM   Standing and/or Sitting Meditation facing the Ocean, along the fence just above the beach about midway in KAM III (some folks have a hard time figuring out where they are)

7:00 AM Qigong & Taiji walking (easier for beginners)
8:00 AM  to 9:00 AM   Long Form Taiji

I recently discovered that he first learned Taiji from  Tung Ying Jieh (Master Dong’s grand father)  in 1953.  I will be there on Thursdays Sept 30th and Oct. 7th and Monday Oct. 4th and some mornings before my classes start elsewhere.

There is a link to his website on the “Taiji Facts” sidebar.

This is a rare opportunity to train with a living legend; I hope to see you there.

Fong Ha (510)524-4728  email:fongha@fongha.com

Posted September 17, 2010 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events, Uncategorized

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