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November 8, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Monk Yun Rou
Change The World By Changing Yourself
Find answers: Today, it’s easy to get outraged by world events, frustrated by our own personal battles, and disenfranchised from government and leadership. Born of moral indignation, informed by decades of study, and seasoned by a life of devoted self-cultivation, Monk Yun Rou’s Mad Monk Manifesto has the answers we’re looking for, organically cohering personal prescriptions and calls to social and political action in one powerful document.
Discover venerated wisdom: Based on ancient Chinese wisdom such as Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, Mad Monk Manifesto is part tour guide to consciousness, part recipe for personal development, part prescription for environmental salvation, and part handbook for social change. In approximately 70,000 words, the book’s six chapters (framed by an introduction and afterward) follow the traditional Taoist prescription for changing the larger world by changing ourselves first.
Improve yourself―and the world: In the same way ripples move away from a stone dropped into a pond, Mad Monk Manifesto begins with our personal lives, discussing topics such as diet, exercise, meditation, and mind/body practice, and spreads to our public environment, describing ideas such as what we can do to improve the community, the government, and the world. Full of everything from advice for a healthy, conscious lifestyle to suggested actions we can take to enhance the lives of friends, family, coworkers, and community members, Mad Monk Manifesto highlights spirituality and service, the goals of an awakened life. In addition, Monk Yun Rou encourages everyone to engage in the nature that surrounds them, showing how environmentalism can take place in daily life.
Learn something new: Each chapter of Mad Monk Manifesto is creative and fresh, offering proactive solutions in single-paragraph exhortations and prescriptions against a backdrop of lessons from Chinese history, the wisdom of ancient sages like Lao Tzu, and stories born of author Monk Yun Rou’s journey from privileged Manhattanite to practicing Taoist monk. Inspirational and informative, exhortative and prescriptive, this modern Alan Watts creates a complete and immersive experience for everyone who picks up his Mad Monk Manifesto―a portrayal of everything from the mundane to the sublime through the lens of the philosophy best known from George Lucas’ Star Wars saga, the Green Movement, and surf and hippie cultures. Emerge with a new way of seeing life, a series of concrete steps to take for personal transformation, and an action plan for working in the community to provoke change.
Mad Monk Manifesto is precisely what the world needs at a time of unprecedented environmental disasters, international instability, and divisive and unreliable leadership. After reading this book, you will learn:
- How to relax, rectify, and rebalance life
- How to bolster the community and deepen culture
- How to effect positive change in commerce, government, power, and the environment
For readers of Alan Watts, Eckhart Tolle, and Change Your Thoughts―Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
About the Author:
Taoist Monk Yun Rou (formerly Arthur Rosenfeld) received his academic education at Yale, Cornell, and the University of California. By leave of the Chinese government, he was one of the few Westerners ordained a Taoist monk at the Chun Yang (Pure Yang) Taoist Temple in Guangzhou, China. Blending literature, biology, and medicine with an orthodox Taoist education, his writings and teachings propagate Taoist ideas and focus on personal cultivation, environmental conservation, and political and social justice.
From 2010 – 2013, he hosted the hit (60MM households) national public television show Longevity Tai Chi with Arthur Rosenfeld. The American Heart Association profiled Yun Rou as an inspirational resource in 2016. Yun Rou’s work has appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Parade, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Fox Business News, and numerous other websites and newspapers. In 1989, he received the National Head Injury Recover Center’s Journalism Award, and a Pharmaceutical Advertising Manny Award for the Best Consumer Campaign. 15 of Yun Rou’s books have been published to critical acclaim, some achieving bestseller status and garnering Hollywood options. Among other distinctions―including the Eric Hoffer Award, USA Book News Best Books Award, Foreward Magazine Mystery Award, Living Now Book Award―he was a finalist for the prestigious Books for a Better Life award for his bestseller, The Truth About Chronic Pain.
His 2015 novel of Chinese history and philosophy, Yin ―A Love Story, was published simultaneously in English in the USA and Mandarin Chinese in China, his most recent work is Mad Monk Manifesto (Mango 2018), and other completed books are in the publishing pipeline. Monk Yun Rou began his formal martial arts training in 1980 and has studied with some of China’s top Chen-style tai chi grandmasters. In 2011 he was named Tai Chi Master of The Year at the World Congress on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In July 2014, Yun Rou was the opening and closing keynote speaker at the International Tai Chi Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky. He teaches in South Florida and around the world.