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All Souls Festival 12 – Incense

All Souls Festival 12 – Incense

There is a Chinese saying that “When the dead are at peace, then the living shall prosper.” By honouring and aiding the dead during the All Souls Festival, we hope to reduce suffering and to bring blessings in the worlds of the living and the dead.  Incense offerings during the All Souls Festival comfort the […]
All Souls Festival 11 – Preparing

All Souls Festival 11 – Preparing

  As we prepare for All Souls Festival we compose ourselves We approach the tasks with respectful intention Carefully, and with reverence we place items on the altar Flowers, fruit, Jai, tea, wine We light incense It is muted, quiet We chant At closing it is joyful.  Can I approach my life with the same respectful intention and  preparation?    Pour nous […]
All Souls Festival 10 – Bringing Peace

All Souls Festival 10 – Bringing Peace

All Souls Festival is a chance to bring peace to the countless souls through the ages who have died in circumstances of great suffering and have no one to care for them.   Le Festival de toutes les âmes est l’occasion d’apporter la paix aux innombrables âmes de ceux décédés dans la souffrance à travers […]
All Souls Festival 9 – Goon Yam, Deity of Compassion

All Souls Festival 9 – Goon Yam, Deity of Compassion

Goon Yam, Deity of Compassion, cares for all. “She seeks out and responds to the cries of the worldMoving her spirit and revealing her compassionHer enlightened virtue towers over allAnd her power is deep beyond measureThe netherworld awakens to receive the gift of deliveranceAll beings come to health and receive the gift of life”   […]
All Souls Festival 8 – Chanting

All Souls Festival 8 – Chanting

All Souls Festival gives souls a chance to listen to the wisdom of the sutras chanted during the days of the festival and become free by resolving any attachments, entanglements, or conflicts they had during their lifetimes.   Le Festival de toutes les âmes donne aux défunts l’occasion d’écouter la sagesse des soutras psalmodiés et de […]
All Souls Festival 7 – Caring

All Souls Festival 7 – Caring

  Caring is at the heart of Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism. It was deeply felt on day one of All Souls Festival when a thousand people from 26 countries brought their intention together chanting for the world and for those who have passed away.           L’Institut de taoïsme Fung […]
All Souls Festival 4 – Volunteers

All Souls Festival 4 – Volunteers

At this time of year the temples bustle with activity. Volunteers at D’arcy Street Temple in Toronto prepare for the All Souls Festival. FLK All Souls Festival chanting ceremonies will take place virtually this year.        En cette période de l’année, on s’affaire dans les temples. Des bénévoles préparent le Festival de toutes […]
All Souls Festival 3 – Beautiful Bags

All Souls Festival 3 – Beautiful Bags

All Souls Festival gives the living an opportunity to express filial piety, harmony and dedication by honouring ancestors, relatives and friends who have passed away.  Beautiful paper bags decorated with symbols of longevity, balance and comfort in the afterlife hold paper offerings to be burnt. FLK All Souls Festival chanting ceremonies will take place virtually this […]
All Souls Festival 2 – Offerings

All Souls Festival 2 – Offerings

Buddhist and Taoist temples around the world observe All Souls Festival during the first half of the 7th lunar month when the gates of the realm of the dead are opened and the souls of the deceased can receive offerings.  Paper offerings help the souls.  FLK All Souls Festival chanting ceremonies will take place virtually […]
International Day of Friendship

International Day of Friendship

With two International Centres in North America and several European Centres, Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism and its affiliates regularly hosted events, in pre-pandemic days, with participants from up to 26 countries around the world in attendance.  Cross border and cross cultural friendships grounded in the training grew organically in these welcoming environments.  With […]
Goon Yam Festival

Goon Yam Festival

Today  participants of Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism from around the world chanted to celebrate and be inspired by Goon Yam (Guanyin), the bodhisattva of compassion. Through chanting together our intention is to bring greater peace and harmony to the world.  
All Souls Festival 1 – Folding Paper Money

All Souls Festival 1 – Folding Paper Money

All Souls Festival is one of the most important times of year in the Taoist calendar. It provides an opportunity for the living to honour those who have passed away. Volunteers prepare paper offerings for the souls of the departed in the Realm of Yin. FLK All Souls Festival chanting ceremonies will take place virtually this […]
Working in Harmony

Working in Harmony

“When I’m playing, everything is working in harmony. Mind, body, music. Harmony and dissonance are so important in music. Taoist Tai Chi® practice has enriched my idea of harmony and everything working together. I can feel when it’s all coming together.” ~Oren
Joy in Music

Joy in Music

Before doing Taoist Tai Chi® arts I played the violin by deciding how I wanted the music to sound.  I added a lot of ornamentation on top of the melody, which didn’t always follow the underlying form.  The effort to make the music sound a certain way would often lead to neck and shoulder stiffness. […]
Refuge

Refuge

Le temps passe, la pratique persiste et s’adapte à mes besoins changeants.Un mouvement pour apaiser mon esprit lorsqu’il est agitéUn mouvement pour l’énergiser et le clarifier Un mouvement pour m’enraciner et trouver mon équilibreUn mouvement pour développer ma force et mon alignementUn autre pour me contacter profondément, dans la douceur.Les mouvements du corps, du coeur et […]
My Reflections

My Reflections

Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2020. Participants were encouraged to think about 50 reasons for practicing Taoist Tai Chi® arts. As I reflect on my years of Taoist Tai Chi® practice, physical benefits such as better balance and strength come to my mind. I am still quite flexible despite […]
Finding Joy

Finding Joy

Eyes gazing softly out, joy and tranquility enter my Taoist Tai ChiⓇ practice allowing my body to soften, the softness allowing my body to open. Le regard au loin, joie et tranquillité entrent dans ma pratique Tai Chi TaoïsteⓇ, permettant à mon corps de s’adoucir, la douceur permettant à mon corps de s’ouvrir. ~Denise
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