Taoist priest spreads ancient wisdom

Hong Chen believes Taoism remains relevant. Photo: SCMP

The principal philosophy and religious traditions of Taoism, which incorporate elements of Buddhism, were established in China about 2,400 years ago. Yet even today, the lives of Taoists may still appear veiled in mystery to the casual observer.

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The hotline to help Hong Kong mothers get baby formula received over 5,000 calls. Photo: Reuters

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20 Feb 2013 - 4:12am

It's time for Hong Kong to make its own luck

Annual Taoist ritual to pick Hong Kong's fortune stick at the Che Kung Temple should be let go of. Photo: Felix Wong

No matter how one spins these fortune sticks at the Che Kung Temple, as Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat tried to, this is one of those "rituals" we need to let go of.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:59pm 1 comment

Taoist omen warns Hongkongers to beware of 'wicked people'

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat. Photo: Felix Wong

A stick bearing the number 95 was drawn by Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat at Sha Tin's Che Kung Temple in the annual ritual. The prediction for stick 95 says: "In a splendid carriage you embarked on your journey. Today, you came home barefoot. Is it that you failed the imperial exam? Or did you lose all your gold in business?"

12 Feb 2013 - 9:39am 3 comments

Taoist hall asks court to declare it religious, to house human ashes

A Taoist hall asked a court to declare it a religious institute, so it could serve as a repository for human ashes.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Eight Immortals' Adventures Prequel

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Daring to keep it real in PR

Contrary to what some might think about public relations (PR) executives, Clara Shek has never been one to sugarcoat or gloss over things. Instead, she advocates a policy of candour and authenticity, which, as MD at Ogilvy PR, she employs in both internal and external dealings.

Why emphasise authenticity?

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

We should strive to be ourselves

Recently, I read a book about the need to be yourself. Yet I have to admit I don't find it easy.

We also behave differently towards different people.

We often get along with our family without pretence. They can accept us the way we are. However, with friends, we may become more careful so as not to appear in a bad light in front of them.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

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22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Plagiarism claims hound 'running dogs' professor

Peking University professor Kong Qingdong, who hit the headlines recently for calling Hongkongers 'running dogs', has been accused by a scholar of plagiarising a book he wrote 17 years ago.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Mainlanders do have a moral compass

That hundreds of people rioted in Xian at the weekend over the death of a child provides a bleak sense of hope. Unbearably sad as reports of 10-year-old Xu Yueqi's death in a traffic accident undoubtedly are, this shows that mainlanders do indeed care about the well-being of their children.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Old answers for new ills

Dressed in their traditional dark-blue robes and square caps, hundreds of Taoist priests recently walked through the streets of Hengyang , Hunan province.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Believers whose Taoism is a profession of faith

It is usually taboo to ask a Taoist priest's age, but Master Gao Mingjian says without hesitation that he is 40.

'I became a monk 10 years ago because I was fascinated with Taoism,' he said, explaining that he abandoned his secular farmer's life and went to Lao Mountain in Qingdao, Shandong province, where he met his future master.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Ancient teachings help fill vacuum

China's astonishing progress in recent decades has largely been due to a shift away from ideology to policies focused on economic development. Millions have been lifted out of poverty and many have become wealthy. But this achievement has come at a cost. The environment has suffered, prompting efforts to make the country's growth more sustainable.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing looks to ancient sages

Beijing is seeking inspiration from religious teachings to help the nation through a 'crisis of social morality'.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am