2017 Tai Ji Men Chinese New Year Gathering

Peacocks fanning their tails to gather the five treasures Seeds of conscience spreading to nearly 30 nations


Ms. Sara Scarbro (right), assigned by AIT (American Institute in Taiwan) to attend the Tai Ji Men Chinese New Year Gathering,

The Year of the Rooster ushers in great opportunities, and peacocks fan their feathers to welcome the arrival of spring. The essence of Chinese culture displayed at the Chinese New Year Gathering at Tai Ji Men, which is an ancient menpai (similar to school) of culture, qigong, martial arts, and self-improvement, has touched the hearts of many foreigners and won their recognition. This year, Tai Ji Men especially held the Chinese New Year Gathering at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei (Shangri-La Ballroom, 2 F) on Feb. 16, 2017 (Thurs.) from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The event was attended by distinguished members of the diplomatic corps from nearly 30 nations, including Juan Manuel Gonzalez Bustos, Head of Mexican Trade Services Documentation and Cultural Office, Hungary, Malaysia,Papua New Guinea,Philippines, Malaysia, Ms. Sara Scarbro (representing AIT), Brazil, Italy, Thailand,etc. The guests will be warmly welcomed by "Tai Ji Men’s Auspicious Lion," happy kids, and elegant young ladies doing the Feather Fan Dance, once only accessible to the royals of the Chinese imperial court. Each guest can happily interact with the auspicious lion and draw one of the scrolls containing words of wisdom and messages of good luck and also do the horse stance to enjoy “gongfu tea.” Additionally, Tai Ji Men will also provide very exciting cultural performances. The whole celebration promises to bring boundless happy energy to all participants. Tai Ji Men earned recognition of "The World's Happiest and Most Peaceful Place," and its martial arts performances were praised as "artistically exquisite and profoundly peaceful." At its world-renowned cultural feast, all participants are expected to experience joy, peace, and togetherness as the world is one big family.

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People from nearly 30 nations around the world attend the 2017 Chinese New Year Gathering at Tai Ji Men.

Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, Zhang-men-ren of Tai Ji Men, states in his welcome remarks, “A good start is essential to the great success. Tai Ji Men sincerely wishes all good friends peace and happiness at all times. . . . Coming from different nations with diverse backgrounds, we are gathering here today like family enjoying the wonderful cultural performance because of the hard-to-explain serendipity. A joyful heart and beautiful smile has connected us together. A harmonious and secured future is made possible by people with health and happiness. The world needs more stabilizing forces of solidarity at this time of volatile changes. Everyone here is the conscience leader with great mission to create the wellbeing for humanity. Let's join hands with more kind-hearted people, do more good deeds together, and consolidate the heartwarming power and love from all corners of the Earth.” The guests at the joyous event will mostly be foreigners, including honored guests from six continents. This rich and exquisite cultural feast fit for the royals will encompass beautiful music, graceful dances, powerful martial arts performance, singing in an ancient style, traditional Chinese plays, children’s angelic singing, and energetic dance by the youth at Tai Ji Men. Their songs will express people’s aspiration for a conscience-driven world. The participants will feel as if they were embarking on a peaceful journey around the globe.

Juan Manuel Gonzalez Bustos, Head of Mexican Trade Services Documentation and Cultural Office, attended the Chinese New Year Gathering at Tai Ji Men.

The event will be kicked off by a series of upbeat music ranging from Western opera songs to Taiwanese folk songs. The inspirational music will lift the participants’ spirits up and cleanse their hearts. Through the music, Tai Ji Men wishes all to have a good start, which is crucial to later success, and be cheerful every day in the New Year. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. The peacock, which ingests all kinds of poisons and emits fragrance, is considered the king of birds in Chinese culture. Peacocks are popular as a peacock fanning its tail symbolizes prosperity and good fortune. At the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, Tai Ji Men especially delivers a presentation called "Peacocks Spreading Their Tails to Welcome the New Year" to wish everyone peace, joy, prosperity, and all the best. Blue peacocks are said to bring a promising future and hope while white peacocks represent purity and kindness. Tai Ji Men’s martial arts formation embodies the spirit of righteousness, bravery, and kindness. Tai Ji Men’s knights-errant will display powerful moves that come from their tender hearts and demonstrate unity and a formation passed down since ancient times. Their performance conveys the message that at this time of volatile changes people need to learn to overcome all kinds obstacles and surpass themselves to reach new heights.

Peacock, the king of all birds, in Chinese thinking, eats poisons and spits out aroma. The peacock spreading its tails is a symbol of prosperity and happiness.

February 16, 2017 will mark the third anniversary of the global launch of the movement of An Era of Conscience (ANEOC). Innocent children and vigorous youth will present heavenly music including “Calling of Conscience,” “Song of Hope,” and “Happiness Is Everywhere.” The program will conclude with a choral performance titled “An Era of Conscience.” These songs are to awaken people's conscience and kindness and remind them to maintain pure hearts. To date, 196 nations have participated in the movement of An Era of Conscience, and over 250,000 people in 150 countries have endorsed the Declaration for the Movement of An Era of Conscience. The ANEOC website has received over 3 million visits and contains the kind words and good deeds of conscientious people from all walks of life and the reports of their promotion of ANEOC. The website has become a treasure trove for the promotion of conscience-driven education and has started a powerful force of energy for positive change across the Earth.

8-year-old Yu-Hsin Pu (front third from the left) is the little angel in the performance of “Calling of Conscience” and “Song of Hope”. She was happy sharing her happiness and good smiles.

The performers include lively children and energetic young adults, who have followed their shifu (master) Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze to conduct cultural exchange to foster peace and goodwill. Having been practicing qigong and cultivating their hearts at Tai Ji Men for years, they naturally radiate happiness and positive energy. Among them, 8-year-old Yu-Hsin Pu, a third grader, is the youngest. She is the granddaughter of a famous artist Hao-Ming Pu. Her parents and grandfather have brought her to Tai Ji Men when she was only two. Practicing qigong at Tai Ji Men, she has learned to be brave and eager to help others. She is popular at school and has been chosen as the leader of her class every year since first grade. She will perform with other children the songs “Calling of Conscience” and “Song of Hope.” She said that she is very happy to do a good deed by participating in the performance and sending her smiles to all participants.

International guests joyfully interacted with the Tai Ji Men lions and picked the draw of wisdom words to get a full year of joy and energy.

Over the years, Tai Ji Men shifu and dizi (similar to students) have visited 71 nations to promote the brilliant Chinese culture with sincerity and kind intentions and have received a lot of praise and recognition around the Earth and enabled the world to see Taiwan. The power of culture is profound and far-reaching, transcending race and nationality, touching the depths of people's hearts, and activating the wellspring of joy.

Source: Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy