Winter 2016 issue of The Empty Vessel

2016 Fire Monkey Year by Susan Levitt Shape Your Destiny  by Zhongxian Wu The Empty Vessel Interview with Lonny Jarret The Five Shen by David Twicken Grounding/Rooting by Solala Towler See our store (under Empty Vessel magazine) to order this issue in print or in digital format.

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In this issue: Internal Elixir Cultivation The Watercourse Way The Mind Inside Tai Chi Rediscovering the Roots of Chinese Thought   See our store to order this issue in print or in digital format.

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Solala’s blog 4/26/15

  One of my pet peeves in the world of Daoism is the various fantastical versions of Daode Jing are out there. Like many students of the Way I have collected various translations and versions of Laozi’s work. Of course most “translations” are not actual translations from classical Chinese but are just the authors own version of idea of what he or she thinks Laozi is saying or, even worse, what the author wants to say. In this case, the [...]

New Spring Issue of The Empty Vessel now available!

The new issue of The Empty Vessel is now available in digital as well as print (see our store).             This issue includes articles by Eva Wong, Roger Jahnke, Stuart Alve Oslon and Solala Towler. There is also a delightful interview/conversation between Solala and Koro Kasian Miles on the relationship between Taoism and Zen.    

Solala Blog for week of 8/15/14

  Allowing myself to become empty I abide in stillness. The things of this world come and go as I watch, powerful within my own being. Whatever ends comes round back again. I watch this in a tranquil and peaceful state. I allow myself to return To my original nature. In doing so I connect myself with what can be called “constant renewal.” To truly understand this process  can be seen as “illumination.” To not understand that things come and [...]

Quote for week 8/11/14

Everything is cyclical, and in every cycle there comes a point where things turn around. Great adversity was once overwhelming; now it starts to wane. Those who remain centered will go through bad times and eventually receive good fortune. Hua Ching Ni

It’s All Relative: Solala’s Blog for week of 8/11/14

There was once a rich man from the country of Chou. He had a huge estate and many workers, who he drove unmercifully. Day after day they toiled under the hot sun to fill the coffers of the rich man. One of these was an old man who had been working for the rich man’s family for many years. His body was nearly worn out with hard work and little rest; his muscles were stringy and his breath came in [...]

Quote for week of 8/4/2014

Drinking tea with Tao is about letting go of all our “stuff” and just being ourselves as we really our, in our true nature.  Aaron Fisher (Wu De)

Fire in the Belly: Solala’s blog for 8/4/2014

            We talk a lot about the lower dantian in qigong training. Actually we use it also in meditation and nei dan (internal alchemy) practice as well. The lower dantian, while the first (if you count from the bottom) of three dantians, it is considered the foundation level. As in building a house, we have to start at the bottom, rather than at the top. Many people, on first learning meditation, want to start at [...]