Being In The Zone with Chungliang Al Huang

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Creating meaning out of our lives gives us a purpose in being alive. But in all our pondering, sometimes we forget to actually live. Chungliang Al Huang believes that "being alive is more important than the meaning of life." He says, "In the modern world, we are so concerned with what we do, perhaps we should call ourselves human doings instead of human beings!" This internationally recognized authority on Taoism wonders if perhaps it is time to refresh our souls, inspire our minds and soften our hearts in order to appreciate the natural flow of the life force. Huang also speaks about conscious and successful aging, bringing the Tao into the business world, and his idea of how the rest of the world relates to China. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Founder and president of the Living Tao Foundation and director of the Lan Ting Institute in China, Huang is also a Tai Ji master, calligrapher, and the author of several books.

His books include:

  • Embrace Tiger Return to Mountain: The Essence of Tai Ji (Celestial Arts 1988)
  • Quantum Soup: Fortune Cookies in Crisis (Celestial Arts 1991)
  • Tai Ji: Essential Tai Ji (Celestial Arts 2001)
  • Mentoring: The TAO of Giving and Receiving Wisdom (coauthor Jerry Lynch) (HarperSanFrancisco 1995)
  • Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Tao Sports for Extraordinary Performance (coauthor Jerry Lynch) (Bantam Books 1992)
  • Working Out, Working Within: The Tao of Inner Fitness Through Sports and Exercise (coauthor Jerry Lynch) (Tarchar/Putnam 1998)
  • The Five Elements Video

To learn more about the work of Chungliang Al Huang go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How the Tao and I Ching are connected
  • How to get connected with your inner power
  • What are the challenges facing modern China
  • Why you should embrace the risk of not-risking
  • How conscious aging can enhance your life
  • How to bring the Tao into the business world
  • How to use Taoist breathing to encourage calm awareness and self-discovery
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 7/31/1998       Program Number: 2739