17 episodes

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.

Purple Cloud Podcast Daniel Spigelman

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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.

    PCP#17 Mazin Al Khafaji: Scratching the Surface of Chinese Medicine

    PCP#17 Mazin Al Khafaji: Scratching the Surface of Chinese Medicine

    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 medicine.

    Further information about study with Mazin can be found at: https://mazin-al-khafaji.com

    • 47 min
    PCP#16 Yue Hu: Tea and Qi

    PCP#16 Yue Hu: Tea and Qi

    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 how to use proper tea tasting terminology such as 澀 roughness.

    More about tea can be found at Yue Hu's website http://theteaqi.com.

    • 56 min
    PCP#15 Robert Coons: Internal Elixir Cultivation

    PCP#15 Robert Coons: Internal Elixir Cultivation

    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 various Daoist practices.

    Robert’s courses and his book can be accessed at his website http://daoistmeditation.com.

    • 55 min
    PCP#14 Mattias Daly: The Poetry of Quanzhen Daoism and the Mysterious Female

    PCP#14 Mattias Daly: The Poetry of Quanzhen Daoism and the Mysterious Female

    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 this 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 aboutthe translation of the well know term often translated as “the mysterious female” 玄牝 We also delve deeply into the Buddhist influences on Daoist poetry.

    • 1 hr
    PCP#13 Cheng Feng: Feather Beings

    PCP#13 Cheng Feng: Feather Beings

    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 years translating and assisting with his teaching as well as furthering her own studies in many of the arts taught there.

    • 53 min
    PCP#12 Dapeng Liu: How to Look at a Chinese Painting

    PCP#12 Dapeng Liu: How to Look at a Chinese Painting

    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 to view Chinese painting.

    • 54 min

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