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Welcome to the Purple Cloud Podcast! Our mission is to disseminate the wisdom and teachings of traditional Chinese and Asian culture throughout the Western world. Our scope is broad encompassing medicine and healing, martial arts, philosophy, religion and spiritual practice throughout China and Asia, art, music and more. Through in-depth discussions with luminaries in their respective fields Purple Cloud Podcast is dedicated to shed light upon the many nuances of these traditional cultures.
 
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The Eight Commentaries on Observing the Precepts of Life 遵生八箋 , is a Ming dynasty text focused on health and longevity. This lecture provides an introduction to the work, focusing on the chapter which delineates various methods to maintain optimal health in each particular season. These methods include physical exercises, herbal formulas and genera…
 
In this episode we talk to Chen Hsiu Fen about the Yangsheng Nourishing Life culture of the Jiangnan region in Ming dynasty China and how it was exemplified by Gao Lian in his work the Zunsheng Bajian. We also delve into the use of the seldom discussed tradition of talking cures in Chinese medicine, in which doctors elicit strong emotional reaction…
 
In this episode we talk to Michael Brown about his its long-awaited second installment of ‘Explanations of Channels and Points Vol.2’ . a Qing dynasty acupuncture commentary by Yue Hanzhen (1602-1693 CE). Despite having never been published, this work has survived owing to its historical significance. It was the first to integrate point locations a…
 
In this episode we talk to Yan Liu about the long history of the use of poisonous medicine in the Chinese medicine tradition, particularly in the medieval era. We delve into topics such as the similarities and differences in the use of poisons in the Western and Chinese traditions, the use of poisons in alchemical practices and the role it played i…
 
In this episode we talk to Tsai Ling-yi and Chen Po-Hsun, two Taiwanese Chinese medical doctors and academics in the field of Chinese medical history. We discuss how they have simultaneously navigated the Chinese and Western medical worlds, and discuss how the Chinese medicine exists in Taiwan within and outside of the official system. We also talk…
 
In this episode we talk again to Cheng Feng, this time about musical healing in the Chinese medical and Daoist traditions. We discuss how music can be used to both heal and harm, and the benefits of chanting the Dao De Jing. We also delve into how the 5 tones outlined in the Huang Di Nei Jing relate to the 5 phases, and how to use them in the clini…
 
In this episode we talk to Zoey Xinyi Gong about the role of food in Chinese medicine. From a background as a Western medical nutritionist , Zoey talks of her journey into the world of Chinese medical dietetics. We touch on topics such as cooling foods and their role in a healthy diet, how to deal with a damp constitution, fad diets, fasting, medic…
 
In this episode we talk to James Flowers, practitioner of Chinese Medicine, Research Fellow at Kyung Hee University and PhD from Johns Hopkins University, about his journey that has taken him from Australia to live in Korea, China and the USA. We discuss in depth the practice of traditional East Asian medicine in Korea, touching on why integrative …
 
In this episode we talk to Tyler Rowe, practitioner of Chinese medicine, martial arts and specialist in the practical application of classical Chinese geomancy and astronomy texts. We explore the relationship between climate and illness, and dive deeply into the often poorly understood Wuyun Liuqi (Five Movements and Six Qi) system from the Huangdi…
 
In this episode we interview Mattias Daly about his most recent translation for Purple Cloud Press, The Heart Treasure of Taijiquan by Ren Gang. Written for the modern reader, this book thoroughly illuminates the authentic inner teachings of Yang family taijiquan. From detailing contemporary misunderstandings of taijiquan and its place in Chinese c…
 
In this episode we interview Marta Hanson, Associate Professor of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University about the concept of medical bilingualism and what it means for practitioners of Chinese medicine. We also delve into the history of epidemics in China, differences and similarities in responses between SARS and Covid-19, as well as…
 
In this episode Mattias Daly speaks with Dr. Ilia Mozias of the University of Tel Aviv about his book The Literati Path to Immortality: The Alchemical Teachings of Lu Xixing. Lu Xixing (1520-1606) of the Ming dynasty was posthumously credited with founding the “Eastern School” of internal alchemy, but he was neither a monk nor a priest. Rather, he …
 
n this episode we talk to Prof. Volker Scheid, academic and clinical practitioner of Chinese medicine. We delve into the Covid-19 pandemic, the various ways it has been approached by practitioners of Chinese medicine and what it means for the Chinese medicine global community as a whole. We also discuss the ideas of fire and desire as explored by C…
 
In this episode we talk to Purple Cloud Press founder Johan Hausen and artist Jen King about the process of translating, writing and illustrating their most recent publication, the 49 Barriers of Cultivating the Dao. We delve into process of capturing the essence not only of Liu Yi Ming’s original recording of the Barriers, but also of the illumina…
 
In this episode, we talk to Pedro Solana, subject of the recent publication by Purple Cloud Press, Path of the Spiritual Warrior by Lindsey Wei. We discuss Pedro’s martial arts history, the current state of Muay Thai practice in Thailand and how it differs from the methods he trained in the past. We also delve into how the apparently contradictory …
 
In this episode we talk to Allen Tsaur about his recent translation for Purple Cloud Press, the Complete Compendium of Zhāng Jingyue. This translation covers the first three volumes of the great Míng dynasty master Zhang Jingyue’s monumental work and provides his core doctrines and teachings, including the eight principles pattern identification, t…
 
The field of Chinese medical dermatology is a fascinating one, no least because the visual component gives the practitioner conspicuous diagnostic information that internal conditions often do not. In today’s podcast we talk to Mazin Al-Khafaji, one of the worldwide leading figures in the treatment of skin and autoimmune conditions with Chinese med…
 
Yue Hu is someone who has devoted her life to understanding the Dao of tea. We delve into the history of tea and the changes in its preparation and craftsmanship methods over the years and also discuss how and why to ensure the tea you buy is of the best quality. We also how to go back to the basics when it comes to tasting and enjoying tea, and ho…
 
In this episode we talk to Robert Coons, Daoist practitioner author of Internal Elixir Cultivation: The Nature of Daoist Meditation, about the various internal practices of Daoism and his own practices and lineages. We also discuss his understanding of the meanings behind the different characters for Qi, namely 氣 and 炁, and how their relate to vari…
 
Much like Western religious traditions, there is a long history of commentary on seminal texts of Chinese philosophy and religion, most of which has yet to be translated. In today’s podcast interview with Mattias Daly, Chinese medicine practitioner and Daoist scholar, we explore the long tradition of commentary on the Dao De Jing, and go into depth…
 
There are many arts found under the umbrella of Daoism, including alchemy, medicine, ritual and martial arts to name a few. Many of these are taught to visiting students of all backgrounds at the Five Immortals Temple in Wudang China by Abbott Du Song Feng. Cheng Feng has been a longterm student of the Abbott and has resided at the temple for many …
 
China has a long tradition of painting which differs in many ways from traditions in the West, in particular uses of perspective and how painting was intended to be viewed. In this episode of the podcast we talk in depth with artist Dapeng Liu (www.dapengliu.com) about these differences, which can help provide us with a new set of eyes with which t…
 
Daoism and healing in China have a long, intertwined history. Beyond the more widely known Chinese therapeutic techniques such as acupuncture and herbal prescriptions, Daoists have incorporated other more esoteric modalities in the healing of illnesses such as incantation and talismans. In this episode, we talk in depth with Josh Paynter, co-founde…
 
Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism all have a long history of influence in the development in Chinese medicine, which is perhaps most apparent in the syncretic traditions of the Wen Bu Pai (School of Warming and Tonifying) doctors of the Ming Dynasty. In this episode we talk with Leslie De Vries about one of these doctors, Zhao Xian Ke, and his book…
 
Dao Yin or “Guiding and Pulling” has a long history in China stretching back thousands of years to the occult shamanic traditions of ancient times, and its influence is still very much present in modern Qigong practices. The Zhu Bing Yuan Hou Lun, or the “Treatise on the Origins and Symptoms of Medical Disorders” was a Sui dynasty Chinese medical t…
 
Maintaining traditional modalities of any kind is not always a simple pursuit in the modern world. Simon Feeney has devoted his life to investigation of how best to maintain traditional current of Chinese herbal medicine in the present day. This episode examines the state of herbal medicinal farming in China and the world today, how preparation of …
 
In this episode Daniel chats with Dr. Xiaoshu Zhu about issues with the education of Chinese Medicine in the West and in China, the current state of research n the field, the challenges and rewards of working with Biomedical professionals and contextualising an ancient modality in modern times, as well as her collaboration with the Beijing Universi…
 
In this episode Daniel interviews Michael Stanley-Baker about his in depth study of the spiritual and medical practices of the Shang Qing school of Daoism. The podcast delves into the relationship between religion and medicine, the visualisation and meditation techniques of the Shan Qing practitioners and touches on the roles of played by important…
 
In this episode Daniel interviews Lindsey Wei, martial artist, Daoist practitioner, author of The Valley Spirit and longterm student of Abbot Li of the Five Immortals Temple. Lindsey talks about her path since returning to the USA, her Kung Fu, Wushu and Tai Chi studies and instruction and how she had applied the principles of Daoism to her everyda…
 
In this episode and Part 2 of the interview, Daniel talks to Andrew and JulieAnn Nugent-Head about herbal medicine and its relationship to the culinary arts of China as well as the future of scientific research into Chinese medicine. Andrew is also presenting a seminar on acupuncture in Brisbane Australia Nov.3-4, for more details please email purp…
 
In this episode Daniel interviews Andrew and JulieAnn Nugent-Head about their passion for Chinese Medicine, their many years living in China and the tumultuous history of Chinese Medicine in China in the last century. Andrew is also presenting a seminar on acupuncture in Brisbane Australia Nov.3-4, for more details please email purplecloudinstitute…
 
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