Free Tai Chi in London Fields E8

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Come and relax with a free Tai Chi class in London Fields, every Saturday at 2pm.

Tai Chi is the fastest way to improve your health including muscle strength, flexibility, balance, circulation and concentration. It is also a powerful form of self defence.

Classes include chi kung deep breathing, the Yang style Tai Chi long form, self defence practice, pushing hands exercises – and a healthy dose of Chinese philosophy!

We practice for an hour in London Fields, meeting close to London Fields Lido, every Saturday from 2pm. Rain or shine we will be there, there are some nice big trees that we can use as umbrellas!!

At present classes are free of charge, and everyone is welcome regardless of age or experience. No special clothing or equipment is necessary.

Talk to Master Simon Wong (Sifu) and you can be enlightened too! As well as teaching martial arts for over 30 years, he is a master of Tantric Buddhism.

The true purpose of Tai Chi is to achieve freedom from our desires, gain an understanding of our relationship and interconnectedness with the cosmos, and ultimately reveal our internal light.

We can learn this deeper side to Tai Chi by reading and contemplating the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra every day.

The Heart Sutra shows us that as humans, we are controlled by our desires through our perception of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches and thoughts as “reality”. Everything we experience is merely an illusion presented by our senses. By learning to relax and let go, we can begin to see through this illusion and experience Reality as it really is.

By developing this ability, we will have a much clearer mind, our Tai Chi will improve and we will gain the wisdom to be able to sort out the problems in our lives.

Sifu is a master of small and large circle yang style tai chi, the UK representative of Omei Mountain 100-day chi kung, the 7th generation master of Bamboo Forest Temple Mantis kung fu, holding a 9th degree black sash with the AMA.

Call 07957 356753 for more details.

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Chinese Customs for Year of the Rooster 2017

 

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Here are some Chinese customs to bring you luck in the Year of the Rooster, 2017.

Changing the Year God
: 21st Saturday January 2017 (24th December on the Chinese calendar).

Thanking the Kitchen God: 21st Saturday January 2017 (24th December on the Chinese calendar).

Cleaning and decorating the house: 25th Wednesday January 2017

Chinese New Year’s Day: Saturday 28th January 2017.

Inviting the Money God into your home: Saturday 28th January 2017.

Many Western people do not take these Chinese Customs seriously. However they are based on Chinese Astrology, and therefore they do have an effect, by using the different types of radiation emitted by each planet in the solar system. Although invisible to the eye scientists have been able to produce spectacular multi coloured pictures of this ultraviolet radiation.

In previous years many of my western students have tried the Chinese custom of inviting the Money God into the home to see if it would help. In some cases they have been able to double or triple their incomes. Inviting the Money God into your home is based on Flying Star Feng Shui and is purely scientific, relating to the influence of planetary radiation, whereas thanking the Kitchen God is a Chinese tradition and holds the belief that good luck will result from the offerings made. Thanking the Kitchen God is not based on science, however a positive effect can still be seen if one believes in it. This can be rationalised using psychology. Various western superstitions work in the same way. For instance some believe that hanging a horseshoe above your door will bring good luck or finding a four leaved clover gives good luck.

It is important to realise the difference between science and psychology. Feng Shui is purely scientific, however a positive mind can also increase the good effects of Feng Shui. Even if people live in a place with good Feng Shui, if they are always thinking negative thoughts they will still cause themselves problems. If your personal luck is at a low you will not see much difference but it is still better to do it than not do it as every little bit of luck helps!

This is like the story of the Zen Master that saw an old lady crying every day. When he asked her what happened, she explained that she had two daughters, one who married a man selling raincoats and the other who married a man selling sunglasses. For her, it was never a good day, because when it was a sunny day, she thought about the daughter selling raincoats and she cried. And when it rained she felt sad for the daughter selling sunglasses. So the Zen Master told her to think differently. Every time it rained, she should feel happy for the daughter selling raincoats. When it was sunny day she should be happy for the daughter selling sunglasses. Thinking like this, the old lady no longer felt sad, the moral of the story being that we only have to change our thinking. Sometimes you cannot change the circumstances, but you can change your mind. That is why it is so important to think positively.

Changing the Year God:- 

21st Saturday January 2017

The Year God needs to be changed on 21st Saturday January 2017

(24th December on the Chinese calendar). The suitable times for this are:

* 1:00am – 3:00am

* 7:00am – 9:00am

* 9:00am – 11:00am

* 3:00pm -5:00pm

To do this you need the Year God talisman. Write your name and those of your loved ones on the bottom of the talisman to ensure protection for the coming year. However, do not worry too much if you are unable to do this on the correct day. You may use the talisman from our 2017 Feng Shui Book or contact your local temple request you or your family name is added to the Year God shrine.

Thanking the Kitchen God:-

21st Saturday January 2017 

A suitable time to thank the Kitchen God is 21st Saturday January 2017 : According to the Chinese calendar. The best times to do this will be between:

* 1:00am – 3:00am

* 7:00am – 9:00am

* 9:00am – 11:00am

* 3:00pm -5:00pm

There is a legend that the Kitchen God is sent by the Jade Emperor. He comes down to peoples houses and checks on what they are doing. It is his job subsequently to report back to the Jade Emperor whereupon their punishment or reward will be decided. If they are doing good things, they will be rewarded, if they are doing bad things, they will be punished! These are the offerings for the Kitchen God:

• 3 amber incense sticks

• 2 red candles

• 3 small cups of Chinese tea

• 3 small cups of rice wine

• 1 pair of chopsticks

• 8 fruits (eg. 8 oranges, 8 apples, 4 apples or 4 pears etc)

• 8 sweets 
• Vegetarian dish of fried vegetables

• Spiritual money paper

8 mochi (glutinous rice cakes), plain or with sweet fillings.

These are offered to the Kitchen God so that when he tastes the sweet, he will say some sweet things about the family to the Jade Emperor. (This sounds a little bit like a bribe!)

Setting up a Shrine:-

If you wish to set up a shrine for the Kitchen God, make sure that: • It is not near any doors or windows (so the chi will not escape)

• It is not under any pillars

• It is not facing the door (the chi will be too strong)

• It is not facing the toilet

• It is not facing anything with sharp angles or corners

• It is not positioned under the stairs

• It is not positioned with the stairs behind it.

By avoiding these 7 problems you will ensure that the shrine is much more effective. These are Feng Shui tips that will help in setting up any type of shrine.

The Kitchen God Ceremony:-

There must be an odd number of statues on the shrine – i.e 1,3,5 etc 1. Put the offerings in front of the small shrine

2. Light the 2 red candles

3. Light the amber incense and place in the incense holder

4. Visualise the offerings multiplying to fill up the whole sky

5. Place your hands palms together and make a number of wishes eg. for the business to be successful, good relationships, good health, no accidents whatsoever etc.

6. Burn some spiritual money paper. That is the end of the ceremony.

Clean and Decorate the House:- 

Clean and decorate the house: 25th Wednesday January 2017

The best time to do this will be

* 11:00pm – 1:00am  

* 5:00am -7:00am

* 7:00am – 11:00am

Inviting the Money God and Happy God into your home:- 

Inviting the Money God and the Happy God into your home (Saturday 28th January 2017. Chinese New Year’s Day)

• The Money God is in the East

• The Happy God is in the South East

The best time to do this will be

* 11:00pm – 1:00am

* 3:00am – 7:00am

* 11:00am – 3:00pm

*5:00pm – 7:00pm

On Chinese New Year’s Day you can perform the Chinese custom of inviting the Money God into your home in order to bring prosperity and luck into the household.

If it is not possible to do it on this day, you can check the Chinese almanac for a “Moon” day – the time is up to you.

To perform the walk, you should take 8 steps outside your house towards the directions listed above.

Visualise a lot of money and the Money God returning to your house. Recite “Money God come to my house” while you walk back to the house. After this you can do the Helping God walk in the same way.

If there is a temple nearby, you can go there to light the first incense of the year, or alternatively light the incense on your own shrine. While you do this, you should also visualise the Money God bringing a lot of money into your house.

 

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Kuan Yin ( Club Mix )

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541415_10200405017942466_1831451151_nMaster Simon Wong has re~written dance, electronic and ambient music with the Kuan Yin mantra. To create a totally different kind of relaxing music for contemporary Western tastes with an Eastern flavour.

The name Avalokitasvara was later supplanted by the Avalokiteśvara form containing the ending -īśvara, which does not occur in Sanskrit before the seventh century. The original form Avalokitasvara already appears in Sanskrit fragments of the fifth century.[9] The original meaning of the name “Avalokitasvara” fits the Buddhist understanding of the role of a bodhisattva. The reinterpretation presenting him as an īśvara shows a strong influence of Śaivism, as the term īśvara was usually connected to the Hindu notion of Śiva as a creator god and ruler of the world. While some of those who venerated Avalokiteśvara upheld the Buddhist rejection of the doctrine of any creator god.,[10] Britannica Encyclopedia does cite Avalokiteshvara as the Creator of the World and this position is also taken in the widely popular Karandavyuha Sutra with its famous mantra Om Mani Padme Hum.[3] In addition, the influential Lotus Sutra which is the first time we come across Avalokiteshwara in Chapter 25 does refer to Him as “Lokeshwara” which means (Lord God of all beings) and Lokenath (Lord and Protector of all beings) and ascribes to Him extreme attributes of Divinity. The Lotus Sutra has been dated to between the 1st century BCE and 1st century CE.

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