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San Jose, California
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San Jose Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy 12th Anniversary
Launch of the Declaration for the Movement of An Era of Conscience
(by Yaping Hsu, San Jose, U.S.)
Tai Ji Men is a traditional menpai (similar to school) of martial arts and qi gong. Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, Zhang-men-ren of Tai Ji Men, inherited wisdoms of patriarchs from generations and founded Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in 1966. Dr. Hong teaches his dizi (similar to students) the principle of yin and yang, and heart kungfu, which is to unite heart and qi into one. Tai Ji Men, an international charitable and cultural organization, its dizi believe that “nourish the true nature of the universe and follow the way of the true ones of all ages,” and dedicate to promoting Chinese culture, physical, mental and spiritual health. Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy was established in 2000 in the United States. Overseas Tai Ji Men Qigong Academies so far include Los Angeles and San Jose. They celebrated the 12th anniversary on Aug. 17, together with the launching ceremony of the declaration for the movement of An Era of Conscience at San Jose Academy.
In the face of heightening international tension, risk can be triggered at any moment. People’s hearts are surrounded with anxieties and uncertainties. On January 1 of 2014, the Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL), Association of World Citizens (AWC), and Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy jointly promulgated the movement of “An Era of Conscience.” Everyone is the leader and guide of his/her own conscience. The key to unlocking the energy of peace is in everyone’s hand. We hope that everyone will speak kind words and do good deeds to spread the positive influences of goodness. Dr. Hong Tao-Tze said, “Kind intentions and good hearts are the positive energies necessary to safeguard the earth’s sustainable development.” We should start from ourselves and spread the message of goodness to others. When the energies of goodness are connected, spread and expanded, the ideal world of one world with love and peace will become a reality.
On the event day, Dr. Susan J. Zipp, Vice President of Association of World Citizens, said “The fact that we came from different perspectives to create harmony, peace, and love is the miracle of life. That is the gift we have and that is the mission that we support. I am so grateful to Dr. Hong. Thank you so much! We are the world at this moment and all we have is this moment. Let us master it, make the most of it, create value, and launch An Era of Conscience.”
Michael Selfridge, Director of communications of Federation of World Peace and Love, mentioned “…in witness of the incessant natural catastrophes and man-made calamities as well as the heightened geopolitical risks that threaten mankind’s survival, the Federation of World Peace and Love, the Association of World Citizens and Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy jointly launched the movement of An Era of Conscience in 2014. To date, the movement has received recognition from more than 1500 co-organizers and participants from 162 nations and received letters and feedback from more than 40 heads of state and government and UN ambassadors. To encourage more nations and more people from all walks of life to get involved in the movement, on August 17, the Declaration for the Movement of An Era of Conscience was launched globally. The declaration highlights that "An Era of Conscience is the key to sustainable future. World leaders are expected to cooperate along the line of conscience to strengthen the partnerships to protect the earth, enhance collective welfare for humanity and create a world of peace for all."
The Bay Area’s representatives and citizens who participated in person were Congressman Mike Honda’s representative Allen Chiu, Cupertino City Mayor Gilbert Wong, Saratoga City Mayor Emily Lo, Milpitas City Mayor Jose Esteves, San Jose Councilmember Kansen Chu’s representative Christy Tan, Cupertino Union School District Board of Education Member Anjali Kausar, Cupertino Public Safety Commissioner Dr. Andy Huang, Cupertino Chamber of Commerce President Darcy Paul, Taiwanese & Chinese American Athletic Tournament of San Francisco Bay Area (TCAAT) Chairperson Mrs. Lu, Taiwan’s National Day Celebration Committee Chairperson Ms. Kao, American Tea Culture Association President Ms. Janice Sung, Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) Commissioner Mr. Song Chen, Confucius Memorial Ceremony Committee Chairman Mr. Stanley Kou, and more than a hundred friends from America, India, New Zealand, China, Iran, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Korea, Philippines, and Taiwan.