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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 6 days 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 | Time For Money

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Did the advent of agriculture and the industrial revolution change the way we trade time for money? In this talk Yunrou explores this trade along with many of the other modern ways that technology tempts and encourages us to spend our time and money.

But who is behind this temptation? Are the promises of a "better life" really true? Join Yunrou as he provides straight talk and a big-picture perspective on this challenging life topic.

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
Jan 15 2017
5 mins
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Rank #2: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Our Digital Addiction

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Is the constant flow of digital information actually changing our brains? Are we addicted to our phones and devices? Some studies say that they're more addictive than crack cocaine!

In this talk Yunrou explores how a "digital addiction" makes it impossible to sustain deep focus. Investing yourself in deep study or simply reading a book becomes a struggle.

Listen in and discover how insidious this addiction is.

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
Dec 12 2016
6 mins
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Rank #3: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Chinese Poets

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Have you ever read or explored Chinese wilderness poetry? In this episode Yunrou provides some background and history to this Taoist themed poetry and the poets who composed it. Yunrou also gives a review of David Hinton's book, "Classical Chinese Poetry"; an anthology of this type of poetry.

Listen in - perhaps you'll get hooked and explore this beautiful facet of Chinese culture.

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
Dec 02 2016
4 mins
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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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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Rank #8: Forbidden Rice Podcast | A Chat with Katerina

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In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, top lamas are reincarnated and must be identified by specific tests administered by scouts. Sometimes a child is discovered to be the next Dalai or Panchen lama because he recognizes a favored food he used to love (in a previous life) or particular amulet, garment, or song. We Taoists don’t have this exact tradition; our world is a bit more chaotic and complex, features an ongoing and dynamic rebalancing of yin and yang and lots of open questions about what happens after we die. No matter how you slice the universe into understandable bits, however, this week’s podcast is one that will get you wondering whether the little girl you’re about to see converse with me might not just be someone very special. I’m sure you’ll enjoy what she has to say. Listen in and spread the word!

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
Sep 27 2016
4 mins
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Rank #9: 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 #10: Forbidden Rice Podcast | Laos and Colin Cotterill

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Freshly returned from a trip to Laos, Yunrou explores a way for you to enjoy some of the flavor of that Southeast Asian country. Laos, at least for the near future, hasn't become overly mechanized, sped-up, and crowded.

Colin Cotterill, an author based in Thailand, really captures the primitive, beautiful, and simple life that still hangs on in Laos.

Yunrou really enjoys reading Cotterill's work and offers some suggestions on how to get started.

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
Dec 22 2016
3 mins
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