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Cantong Qi: The Seal of the Unity of the Three

By |2020-07-24T03:36:41+03:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

The Cantong qi is deemed to be the earliest book on alchemy in China. The title has been variously translated as Kinship of the Three, Akinness of the Three, Triplex Unity, The Seal of the Unity of the Three, and in several other ways. The [...]

Neidan: A Part of the Chinese Alchemical Meditative Tradition

By |2020-07-19T04:03:59+03:00July 19th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

Neidan, or internal alchemy, is an array of esoteric doctrines and physical, mental, and spiritual practices that Taoist initiates use to prolong life and create an immortal spiritual body that would survive after death . Neidan also known as Jindan ("golden elixir"), inner alchemy combines [...]

The Mythological Kunlun

By |2020-05-20T22:42:23+03:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Kunlun or Kunlun Shan is a mountain or mountain range in Chinese mythology, an important symbol representing the Axis Mundi and divinity. The mythological Kunlun is based on various sources, mythologic and geographic, the modernly so-called Kunlun Mountains of the Tibetan Plateau and Mount [...]

Sudhana: The Child of Wealth

By |2020-04-14T14:19:04+03:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sudhanakumara mainly is known as Sudhana and Shancai Tongzi in Chinese, and translated as Child of Wealth, is the protagonist in the last and longest chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra. Sudhana appears in Buddhist, Taoist and folk stories; in most of them he is one [...]

The Eight Immortals in Chinese Mythology

By |2020-02-27T04:27:05+03:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , |

The Eight Immortals are a group of legendary xian ("immortals") in Chinese mythology. Each immortal's power can be transferred to a vessel that can bestow life or destroy evil. Together, these eight vessels are called the "Covert Eight Immortals". Most of them are said to [...]

Kau Chim – A Chinese Fortune-Telling Practice

By |2020-02-11T03:40:23+03:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , |

Kau Chim or Kau Cim, also known as Lottery poetry, is a fortune-telling practice that originated in China in which the querent (person asking the question) requests answers from a sacred oracle lot. The practice of Kau Chim is often performed in a Taoist or [...]

The Tao Te Ching – A Chinese Classic Text

By |2019-11-10T01:27:49+03:00November 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

The Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text traditionally credited to the 6th-century BC sage Laozi. The text's authorship, date of composition and date of compilation are debated. The oldest excavated portion dates back to the late 4th century BC, but modern scholarship dates [...]

A Brief History of the Elixir of Life

By |2019-11-06T01:04:14+03:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

The elixir of life, also known as the elixir of immortality and sometimes equated with the name philosopher's stone, is a potion that supposedly grants the drinker eternal life and/or eternal youth. The elixir of life was also said to cure all diseases. Alchemists in [...]

Tai Chi – An Internal Chinese Martial Art

By |2019-10-25T23:34:06+03:00October 25th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Tai chi, short for T'ai chi ch'üan or Tàijí quán, is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training, its health benefits, and meditation. The term taiji is a Chinese cosmological concept that refers to the flux of yin and yang, and [...]

The Dichotomy of Good and Evil in Religion and Philosophy

By |2019-04-28T18:53:30+03:00April 28th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In religion, ethics, philosophy, and psychology "good and evil" is a very common dichotomy. In cultures with Manichaean and Abrahamic religious influence, evil is usually perceived as the dualistic antagonistic opposite of good, in which good should prevail and evil should be defeated. In cultures [...]