The New Dharma Bums
The New Dharma Bums
Borrowing from a Kerouac classic, finding fresh voices and inspiration on the road to Tai Chi for health, balance and internal power.
Borrowing from a Kerouac classic, finding fresh voices and inspiration on the road to Tai Chi for health, balance and internal power. Read more
Sixty years after Jack Kerouac went on the road with the Dharma Bums, I've discovered a new breed of Taoist "soft" martial artists who are just what the doctor ordered for millions of Baby Boomers entering retirement.
I'm going on the road to track them down, to learn more about how people are using these exercises for health, and for martial arts. I'm creating a regular blog and will give voice to all the visions and big ideas I can find -- inviting readers to share theirs. These adventures will be retold in a book at the end of the project
I've been practicing the "moving meditation" of Tai Chi and Qigong for about 28 years, about half my career as a daily newspaper, magazine and advocacy journalist. I'm uniquely qualified to tell this story.
My journey will allow me to touch hands with friends and teachers, and to explore the metaphysical as well as the physical dimensions of this ancient Chinese art that has drawn many Western practitioners. I will bring you along for the stories and invite feedback. I may help to promote some community events, and the local participants.
My intent is to create a literary adventure as well as a regular report on the art and its missionaries. It will be open to discussion.
Risks and challenges
My challenge will be to faithfully translate an ancient Chinese martial art form and practice into an accessible and healthful exercise for both the old and young. My 28 years of practice will help, as well as my 40-plus years of journalism experience. I am also a Chinese linguist who has lived in Taiwan and studied the culture extensively.
I believe I can minimize any risks by carefully drawing up a road map of where I will find the best stories, and instruction, preparing my subjects before I set out on the adventure. I've already begun this process, putting out feelers to teachers about their programs and upcoming events.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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