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'Keep your enlightenment' - Tai chi master teaches how to embrace inner peace

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Chunglaing 'Al' Huang, tai chi master and contemporary philosopher, during a lecture at the Univeristy of the West Indies, Mona campus, last week. - Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer

Correction & Clarification

In the caption for a photograph published in The Gleaner dated February 18, and in a story published in The Gleaner dated February 20, the topic of a lecture given by Chunglaing 'Al' Huang was stated as The Three Pillars of Asian Wisdon - Buddhism, Darwanism and Confucianism.

Darwinism, however, should have read Daoism.

We regret the error


THE AUDIENCE listened keenly and was actively involved as tai chi master and contemporary philosopher, Chunglaing 'Al' Huang, made a dynamic presentation during the 2013 Confucius Institute Anniversary Lecture last Friday.

Speaking on the topic 'The Three Pillars of Asian Wisdom - Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism - and its Relevance to Society and Spirituality', Huang encouraged persons to be happy despite the circumstances.

"When you find your enlightenment, how do you keep it? We transform, we change, but it is imperative that we find a way to be enlightened, which is an important tenet in China," Huang told the audience at the Inter-Faculty Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

"Everybody just stretch your hands to the heavenlies and feel the peace," he instructed the audience. "You have to feel it and you have to believe it," he continued.

Huang further pointed out that it was important that persons understand the concept of Confucianism.

"In everyday life, we find that the Confucius teachings are relevant, because sometimes we take life too rigid, but if you connect with that inner peace, you find you don't have to take things so hard," he encouraged.

In its drive to spread the knowledge of the Chinese language and culture across Jamaica, the Confucius Institute offers courses in Chinese language, Chinese calligraphy and tai chi. The institution also hosts a Film of the Month, where the work of Chinese and foreign directors are examined, appreciated and discussed.

The institute also collaborates with institutions in China, offering student exchange and scholarships to Jamaican students who wish to pursue studies in China.