St Francis of Assisi
Monday, 14 November 2022
Thursday, 3 November 2022
Thursday, 27 October 2022
On Monday (Diwali) Rishi Sunak ( A practising Hindu) was crowned as leader of Conservative party and therefore will succeed Liz Truss as Prime Minister of UK. He was installed without a vote by mps or party members as his only opponent in the race Penny Mordant withdrew 2 mins before the deadline for nominations closed
33 / 330 million Hindu deities
Tuesday, 25 October 2022
Sunday, 2 October 2022
Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Friday, 23 September 2022
I have worn a small pa qua around my neck since the age of about 23 . I received it as a gift from my Tai Chi / Kung Fu teacher. He had just returned from a trip to see his Buddhist Master. He distributed various Buddhist medallions to some of his closest students but to me and Black Steve he gave Daoist Pa Qua's
I wore it day and night for years because it felt special. I had always liked the yin yang symbol since seeing it on a "Town and Country" surfboard as a child in Hayle, Cornwall. I knew the Pa Qua was a yin yang surrounded by the eight directions /trigrams of the I Ching and that Pa Qua mirrors were used in Feng Shui . I was also vaguely aware of the internal art with similarities to Tai Chi commonly referred to as "Ba Gua Zhang."
I once had a Korean girlfriend named "Joh" who seemed impressed I wore a pa qua, she said in Korean only really "old school" people wear them.
As my martial arts journey progressed I took up the Brazillian art of Capoeira and after a few years met my teachers Master "Mestre No". I was surprised when I first met him to see he wore a large Pa Qua round his neck. I was even more surprised when the first thing he did was walk up to me point his finger at my Pa Qua and said "Why are you wearing that? Do you know what it means?"