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The Forbidden Rice Podcast

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Author, activist, and tai chi master, Yunrou (formerly known as Arthur Rosenfeld) has a lifelong relationship with Taoism. A 35-year master of Taoist arts, he was born in America and ordained a monk, by official leave, at the Pure Yang Temple in Guangzhou, China. Combining his overarching spiritual focus with a Yale literary education, the pursuit of natural history at the University of California and Cornell, he is an authority on the cultural, social, and spiritual dimensions of Eastern thinking for the Western world.

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Author, activist, and tai chi master, Yunrou (formerly known as Arthur Rosenfeld) has a lifelong relationship with Taoism. A 35-year master of Taoist arts, he was born in America and ordained a monk, by official leave, at the Pure Yang Temple in Guangzhou, China. Combining his overarching spiritual focus with a Yale literary education, the pursuit of natural history at the University of California and Cornell, he is an authority on the cultural, social, and spiritual dimensions of Eastern thinking for the Western world.

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Cover image of The Forbidden Rice Podcast

The Forbidden Rice Podcast

Updated 8 months ago

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Author, activist, and tai chi master, Yunrou (formerly known as Arthur Rosenfeld) has a lifelong relationship with Taoism. A 35-year master of Taoist arts, he was born in America and ordained a monk, by official leave, at the Pure Yang Temple in Guangzhou, China. Combining his overarching spiritual focus with a Yale literary education, the pursuit of natural history at the University of California and Cornell, he is an authority on the cultural, social, and spiritual dimensions of Eastern thinking for the Western world.

Rank #1: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Humor And Tao

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In this episode Yunrou recounts a dream in which he meets old Taoist masters. It was a grand reunion full of laughter. Have you thought about the role of humor in Taoism? Zhuangzi, one of the early Taoist masters is famous for using humor to convey Taoist ideas. Indeed a relaxed mind and body leaves you open to new ideas and insight - the kind of relaxation that comes from humor and laughing. Join Yunrou as he explores humor and the Tao. Welcome to the Forbidden Rice Podcast, an ongoing series of talks in which I don rose-colored glasses and address subjects that can be sticky, gritty, and challenging. I hope what I say will help you keep your highest ideals in mind all the time, shoot for the stars, make the world a better place, and to be true to your deepest self. For more, please visit: monkyunrou.com

Nov 08 2016
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Rank #2: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Animal Intelligence

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In this episode, Monk Yunrou discusses animal intelligence and consciousness. Welcome to the Forbidden Rice Podcast, an ongoing series of talks in which I don rose-colored glasses and address subjects that can be sticky, gritty, and challenging. I hope what I say will help you keep your highest ideals in mind all the time, shoot for the stars, make the world a better place, and to be true to your deepest self. For more, please visit: http://monkyunrou.com

Aug 24 2016
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Rank #3: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Swing Of The Pendulum Final

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Taoist philosophy tells us that, in cycles, when things go too far in one direction they will inevitably come back in the other. An awareness of these cycles can help us look and understand the events that unfold around us. This is equally true in nature as it is in our society or politics. The problem with the natural swinging pendulum of these cycles is that the correction from one extreme to another, it can knock you over and create problems. Listen in as Yunrou discusses this and how you might face these extremes. Welcome to the Forbidden Rice Podcast, an ongoing series of talks in which I don rose-colored glasses and address subjects that can be sticky, gritty, and challenging. I hope what I say will help you keep your highest ideals in mind all the time, shoot for the stars, make the world a better place, and to be true to your deepest self. For more, please visit: monkyunrou.com

Nov 12 2016
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Rank #4: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Tai Chi Power

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For those of you practicing tai chi, you'll enjoy this discussion of making and directing "power". Yunrou lays out and explores a model and way of thinking of the body that will give you a greater understanding of how power is created. Using the analogy of a car's power-train, you'll also see how that power makes it way through the body. Listen in and enjoy! Welcome to the Forbidden Rice Podcast, an ongoing series of talks in which I don rose-colored glasses and address subjects that can be sticky, gritty, and challenging. I hope what I say will help you keep your highest ideals in mind all the time, shoot for the stars, make the world a better place, and to be true to your deepest self. For more, please visit: monkyunrou.com

Oct 20 2016
3 mins
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Rank #5: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Religion

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The early ideas that underpin Taoism came from shamans spending time looking at the natural world. Later Taoism became a coherent philosophy - a gorgeous way to understand how the world works. Later the Taoists salted their philosophy with myths, legends, and stories to help people understand our place in this world. This greatly broadened the appeal of Taoism. In this talk, Yunrou discusses how stories in Taoism and other religions can present a challenge. Do you accept them as literal truth or take them as allegory? Listen in and see what you think. Welcome to the Forbidden Rice Podcast, an ongoing series of talks in which I don rose-colored glasses and address subjects that can be sticky, gritty, and challenging. I hope what I say will help you keep your highest ideals in mind all the time, shoot for the stars, make the world a better place, and to be true to your deepest self. For more, please visit: monkyunrou.com

Oct 12 2016
8 mins
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Rank #6: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Synchronicity

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While in Hawaii on a writing retreat, in a small shop, Yunrou discovers a pair of neolithic shamans in the guise of small stone statuettes. They come from the ancient Chinese culture of the Sanxingdui (Sahn-shing-dway) - the very topic of which is the subject of Yunrou's writing. Coincidence? Isn't it marvelous the way the world works sometimes? Welcome to the Forbidden Rice Podcast, an ongoing series of talks in which I don rose-colored glasses and address subjects that can be sticky, gritty, and challenging. I hope what I say will help you keep your highest ideals in mind all the time, shoot for the stars, make the world a better place, and to be true to your deepest self. For more, please visit: http://monkyunrou.com

Sep 08 2016
4 mins
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Rank #7: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Facts and Knowledge

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What is the difference between facts and knowledge? As science evolves, it becomes apparent that facts can change over time. Perhaps it is best to not get too attached to facts and instead embrace the joy of learning. Real knowledge - real knowing is a direct experience that transcends facts. Tai chi and meditation are practices that allow your brain to rest and allow intuition to kick in. In this way you will find a balance between logic and intuition. Listen in as Yunrou explores the words of Laozi, intuition, and the Tao. Welcome to the Forbidden Rice Podcast, an ongoing series of talks in which I don rose-colored glasses and address subjects that can be sticky, gritty, and challenging. I hope what I say will help you keep your highest ideals in mind all the time, shoot for the stars, make the world a better place, and to be true to your deepest self. For more, please visit: monkyunrou.com

Nov 01 2016
5 mins
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Rank #8: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Tai Chi Weapons

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Can a concern for the welfare of the world and spiritual things coexist with a weapons practice in the martial arts? Yunrou recounts a conversation with his godfather that led to some interesting insights. What do the weapons represent for tai chi players? Listen in as Yunrou asserts that their use and symbolism can work to free our minds, raise our consciousness, and strengthen our bodies. Welcome to the Forbidden Rice Podcast, an ongoing series of talks in which I don rose-colored glasses and address subjects that can be sticky, gritty, and challenging. I hope what I say will help you keep your highest ideals in mind all the time, shoot for the stars, make the world a better place, and to be true to your deepest self. For more, please visit: http://monkyunrou.com

Sep 14 2016
3 mins
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Rank #9: Forbidden Rice Podcast | In Service

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Has the idea of service lost it's meaning? Has service become a menial, dirty word? Yunrou offers a few stories on the failure to serve and what a loss it is for both those who serve and those being served. Conversely, he reveals how gratifying it is to serve, especially when it isn't expected. Welcome to the Forbidden Rice Podcast, an ongoing series of talks in which I don rose-colored glasses and address subjects that can be sticky, gritty, and challenging. I hope what I say will help you keep your highest ideals in mind all the time, shoot for the stars, make the world a better place, and to be true to your deepest self. For more, please visit: http://monkyunrou.com

Sep 03 2016
6 mins
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Rank #10: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Sugar

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What's the problem with sugar? Are we the victims of a vast corporate conspiracy to addict us and command our dollars? Sugar is in everything! Why? What is going on? No matter the reason, the sugar is there and the science is clear. Too much sugar is bad for you. So, do yourself a favor - cut it out! Welcome to the Forbidden Rice Podcast, an ongoing series of talks in which I don rose-colored glasses and address subjects that can be sticky, gritty, and challenging. I hope what I say will help you keep your highest ideals in mind all the time, shoot for the stars, make the world a better place, and to be true to your deepest self. For more, please visit: http://monkyunrou.com

Sep 20 2016
4 mins
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