17 episodes

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.

The Forbidden Rice Podcast Taoist Monk Yunrou

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7, 3 Ratings

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.

    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Time For Money

    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Time For Money

    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

    • 5 min
    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Laos and Colin Cotterill

    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Laos and Colin Cotterill

    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

    • 3 min
    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Our Digital Addiction

    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Our Digital Addiction

    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

    • 6 min
    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Chinese Poets

    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Chinese Poets

    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

    • 4 min
    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Tao Is Big

    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Tao Is Big

    The Tao is Big! How do you approach the challenges of daily life? Can you see the context and surroundings in which a conflict occurs? In this talk, Yunrou explores the Taoist approach to dealing with the world with a "big picture" perspective.

    Listen in and see how big the Tao really 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

    • 3 min
    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Swing Of The Pendulum Final

    Forbidden Rice Podcast | Swing Of The Pendulum Final

    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

    • 7 min

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