More than 250 people attended the grand opening of a Taoist shrine at the headquarters of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia in Bayswater, Western Australia, on November 23, 2013.
Special guests at the opening ceremony on Saturday included:
- Mrs Oriel Green, Aboriginal elder
- The Honourable Dr Mike Nahan MLA, Minister for Energy; Finance; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests
- Ms Alannah MacTiernan, MHR for Perth
- Councillor Sylvan Albert, Mayor of Bayswater
- Mr Sammy Yap, Chung Wah Association
- Mr Tony Kwong, of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism (Canada)
- Mr Jim Nicholson, of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism (Canada)
A full-page advertorial was published in the local Perth Voice newspaper to inform the community about the shrine opening. Click here to see the ad.
Participants enjoyed a special Jai vegetarian lunch as part of the event.
Many attendees commented on how the presence of the newly dedicated shrine adds warmth and focus to the Bayswater centre’s practice hall.
Members also participated in a 5 day Taoist arts workshop around the time of the grand opening.
Attendees of the Taoist arts workshop
” If you live in these hills, you have probably driven past the International Centre of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism, aka the Tai Chi Centre, on the east side of Airport Road just north of Highway 9. You may even have wondered what goes on behind the trees and flagpoles that obscure a clear view of the site. But chances are you haven’t driven up the laneway to see for yourself….”
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Two nonagenarians at the Midwest Branch’s Arlington Heights location (near Chicago) were featured in a recent Daily Herald article about the health benefits of Taoist Tai Chi. Student Eleanor Peet (age 90) and instructor Maxine Kitts (age 91)
Both credit their good health and mobility to their nearly 20 years of practicing the ancient Chinese internal art.
“It’s kept me active enough that I don’t feel my age,” Kitts says.
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More than 180 people attended the Austin Area Center’s Grand Opening on Saturday, October 26th. Members attending the weekend workshop were joined by city officials and guests from local neighborhoods in celebrating the opening of the first Taoist Tai Chi Society Center in Texas! All were treated to a traditional Chinese Lion Dance to bring good luck followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Afterward, members served guests a delicious vegetarian lunch. Many thanks to all the volunteers from Austin, Dallas and Corpus Christi whose efforts made the Austin Center’s Grand Opening celebration a great success…Texas-style!
It was a true pleasure to participate in the five-day workshop in Tallahassee, Florida last week. Marsha Eberhardt taught us about “tai chi 24/7.” This teaching was reinforced by the longer, five days’ worth of practice together. The wonderful feelings followed us from the practice hall through the meals together into the break time—around again and again for five days. It was like living the Chinese saying “standing sitting walking sleeping.”
Toward the end of the workshop, Marsha asked us to describe the experience of “tai chi 24/7″ with just one word, here are just a few of the one-word answers: dedication, practice, fun, balance, patience, and commitment.
We had a chance to improve our direction, intention and feeling of donyu, toryu, wave hands like clouds, push needle to sea bottom, the strike tiger series of moves, and more. Also, we had a chance to hear about all of the wonderful work that the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA has accomplished in the past year during our Annual Meeting.
In all, there were 146 participants from nearly every state where we have a presence. We left refreshed, energized and looking forward to the next chance for training!
Since the ground breaking ceremony, big leaps forward are made with the construction site of our Steeles Avenue location in Toronto.
As you might recognize when reflecting on your dan-yu, it can take a while before even a solid foundation is laid…
After 5 years of working hard get the construction started, the foundation of what will be a beautiful site for our practice was laid earlier this year.
Designed by award-winning Toronto architect Brigitte Shim, the elevated one-storey, flat-roof temple is supported by seven sets of columns to allow for parking spaces and circulation beneath the structure.
The building is expected to be finished in March 2014.
Where we are today.
Artist rendering of the Temple.
“Joy and Harmony” was the theme of the national workshop held at the Eastern Region Centre in Longueuil last week-end. It was attented by 200 participants from Eastern, Central and Atlantic Regions, and also from the United States. We practiced together at improving our tai chi and our ability to help others. The workshop instructors, Nicole Morency and Dave Frame, shared the precious values of Master Moy and the rich Taoist tradition of helping others and of fostering harmony.