These awards reflect the combined nominations of 11,019 of our readers. Between July and October of 2011, we surveyed reader’s to develop a snapshot of our demographics. Among the questions we asked our readers were who are their favorite writers on T’ai chi ch’uan & Qigong, and what were their favorite blogs.
Although many folks responded to this category, a great deals of the blogs nominated were no longer publishing. The list below represents the top ten ‘active’ blogs by nomination.
1.) Cloud Hands
A well respected figure in the American Qigong scene, Mike Garofalo writes about Gardening, Taijiquan, Mysticism, Walking, & Qigong. Garofalo’s personal interests include: gardening and landscaping, blogging, internal martial arts, fitness and sports activities, developing Internet web sites, walking adventures, poetry, Druidry, Taoism, research and writing, computer software, qigong, natural history, music, taijiquan, string figures, and enjoying activities with family and friends. >>Visit Site >>
2.) The Rambling Taoists
Launched in January of 2005 by Trey Smith, this blog includes writings by Scott Bradley of the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Ta-Wan of Sydney, Australia, and Shawn Tedrow of San Francisco, CA. “The Rambling Taoists offer a smorgasbord of thoughts and writing styles for your consideration. It is [their] sincere hope that the writings of one or more of [their] authors will speak to you. In the end, however, anything we write is nothing more than fingers pointing at the moon.” >>Visit Site>>
3.) The Bean Curd Boxer: Tai Chi and the Noble Art of Leaving Things Undone
Hosted by the venerable Teapot Monk, The Bead Curd boxer offers simplicity, contradiction, juxtaposition and colour when engaging the “absurdities and cultural echoes that, perhaps in the world of Tai Chi, we sometimes overlook in our obsessions with the minutiae of technique and the focus on lineage.” >>Visit Site>>
4.) Dennis Lewis’ Blog
A longtime student of the Gurdjieff Work, Advaita, and Taoism, Dennis Lewis teaches the transformative power of presence through natural breathing, qigong, meditation, and self-inquiry. In the Gurdjieff Work his primary teacher was Lord John Pentland, who led the main line of the Work in America for many years. Lewis’ Taoist and qigong teachers include Mantak Chia, Dr. Wang Shan Long, and Bruce Frantzis. >>Visit Blog>>
5.) Buddhist Geeks
“Buddhist Geeks was born out of a conversation between two friends, Vince Horn and Ryan Oelke, at a local coffeeshop in Boulder, CO. At the time, both Vince and Ryan were Religious Studies students at Naropa University, a Buddhist-inspired liberal arts school. Both Ryan and Vince felt there was something missing in the current world of Buddhist media, and so decided to launch a podcast that would have the types of conversations they were most interested in hearing.” >>Visit Site>>
6.) Wild Fox Zen
Authored by Dosho Port. Dosho is a Zen practitioner and teacher, primarily interested in practicing enlightenment. Dosho did home leaving and dharma transmission with Dainin Katagiri Roshi in the 1980’s. He continued his study with several teachers including Harada Tangen Roshi and Daido Loori Roshi. >>Visit Site>>
7.) Ox Herding: Practice and Daily Life
Written by Barry Briggs, “Ox Herding reflects his ongoing pursuit of the ox. Zen teachers sometimes use the Ten Ox Herding Pictures to describe the path of awakening. Within this metaphorical framework, the ox symbolizes the secretive, unruly human mind.” >>Visit Site>>
8.) Open Buddha: Open Source Buddhism, Technology, and Geekery
Open Buddha is maintained by Al Jigong Billings. Billings is an ordained priest within the Five Mountain Sangha and a teacher at the Prajna Institute. >>Visit Site>>
9.) Tai Chi Examiner with Violet Li.
Violet Li is an award winning journalist, certified Taiji instructor, and certified Heart Zone Trainer. She has studied Taiji, Qigong (Chi Gong), and heart fitness with many grandmasters and experts. She has taught Taichi, Chi Gong and other fitness programs to different demographic groups. Violet Li is probably the single hardest working writer in the Tai Chi / Qigong community and we’re glad our reader’s recognized her! >>Visit Site>>
10.) The Worst Horse: Buddhism | Pop-Culture | Sub-Culture
“The Worst Horse aims to cover the ever-colliding worlds of pop-culture, subculture, and Dharma — which is to say, essentially, Buddhism. (You can get the whole story behind the name here.) More than that, it aims to provide some kind of forum for those of us who inhabit these worlds and see them as they are: as one.” >>Visit Site>>
2012 Reader’s Choice Awards: Best Author on Tàijíquán
2012 Reader’s Choice Awards: Best Authors on Qigong
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