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T.V. Broadcast about the Buddhist Temple of Chicago

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Dear Friends I hope that you will take a few moments and watch the video to learn more about the Buddhist Temple of Chicago. If you are in the area please stop in.

Night blooms

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flowers bloom
in the night sky-
war memorial

Tonight as people watch fireworks Oooing and Ahhing about them. Many veterans will be suffering from PTSD, flashbacks and panic attacks. Every explosion tonight will remind me of war and how horrible it is.

In the National Anthem the line “bombs bursting in air” illustrates this. Tonight’s fireworks should be a reminder of the sacrifices that were made during the “Revolutionary War.”
So when you watch them imagine what it would be like if they were the sound of incoming artillery or cannon fire. Then give thanks to those who gave their life so that this Nation could exist.

NATO Birds of War

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birds of war
hover overhead-
cloudless sky

Here in Chicago the weekend is a huge mess due to NATO meeting here. First off I understand the need for them to meet AND I also understand the need to protest but why not hold the meeting in the winter when no one wants to go outside.
Yesterday when I was at the VA many veterans were discussing how the helicopters were effecting them. I know for me every time one flies overhead I get very anxious and I can only imagine what others must feel who suffer from PTSD greater than I do.

Oh well, it is only for a few days more.

Tai Chi heals

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I highly recommend this. The teacher is excellent.

Hillary Johnson/Calm Chicago Coaching

Check out the results fo this study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This is new work, published in 2012 shows (again) that Yang tai chi and it’s soft gentle movements help people suffering terrible pain feel better. 

I am happy to say, this is the exact form I teach at the center. So, please come in and try it. One of the things I love best aout treating pain with tai chi, no icky side effects as you’d experience from medication. And if you become addicted to tai chi as a form of exercise, you’ll just live a healthier life with less pain and more peace of mind.

Please know that if you have restricted or limited mobility, I can adapt the exercises for you. Anyone can learn this.Image

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Storm watch

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raven looks
over the lake
storm watch

Living in the Present Moment

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Living in the Present Moment

When one is attempting to live the Dharma it is important to remember to live in the moment and be mindful. Most people, me included, find this difficult. My wife and I were discussing the below quote from Lao Tzu and she said that until now it she had never really felt it. I understand what she meant. It is easy to look at the words and have enough intelligence and education to intellectually comprehend what they mean. But, actually understanding the words and taking them to heart is another matter. I challenge you my dear reader to contemplate these words and to try and live them this weekend. I will be using them as my focus during meditation as well as trying to live by them. I look forward to hearing how you did and any thoughts you may have on this exercise.

If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.

Learning Wing Chun with Sifu Johnson

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Learning Wing Chun with Sifu Johnson

Recently I started studying Ving Tsun with Sifu Matt Johnson. Sifu Johnson was taught Wing Chun by Master Ip Ching, the youngest son of the late Grandmaster Ip Man.
I enjoyed my interview with Sifu Johnson and felt a definite pull towards studying with him. I was a bit worried that he might not accept me and I even hesitated asking him. But, I did and he accepted me as a student.
Sifu Johnson started me out on the first form Siu Lim Tao (小念頭) which translates to “Little Idea” or “Small Idea.” While this form may seem simple it contains much of the essence of Ving Tsun. Sifu Johnson told me to think of this form as the alphabet and with it I can build words, phrases and then a novel. So I hope my readers will follow along as I learn to write in this new language.

Below is an old film I found of Grandmaster Ip Man doing Ving Tsun forms.