Over 25 several years ago, I attended boarding school and got to live, cultivate, and study with some remarkable people. One of those people was a classmate mentioned Hui Neng Amos.
Neng was one of my dormitory prefects. And in addition to being a generally kind and easy going guy, Neng practiced this strange and-to my provincial mind-mysterious thing announced Tai Chi.
All I knew about it was that it appeared to give Neng preternatural powers of grace and ability on the athletic field.
At the time, it didn’t occur to me that in part, it probably clarified his position off the field too.
Many years later, when I became interested in the meditative arts, I started to learn about a pattern of moving meditation called Tai Chi. In my imagination, I ever associated this ancient form of reflection with my aged classmate.
So I was delighted when a few years ago, Neng and I reconnected via Facebook. I was plotted to see that he had created something called the Mindful Arts Project .
In this occurrence, we explore Hui Neng’s story, about how he grew up in a small agricultural New Hampshire school cum intentional society where he started learning and practicing tai chi and accommodated reflection from the wee-wee age of three.
After college, his hurtles made him across America to India and more. Neng would wander away from his beginnings in pensive tradition, exclusively to return as an adult, more perpetrated than ever and now schooling these hallowed rehearsals through the Mindful Arts Project.
But there is much more to this story, as you’ll learn.
Albert Amos( Center in chair ); Hui Neng’s Father( top left)
During the interview, Neng takes us back to the time of his grandfather, Albert Amos, who was a close friend of the great civil rights luminary Howard Thurman, and a deacon in his church.
Thurman was one of the first major champs of Gandhi’s nonviolent principles in the West, channelling those strong doctrines of pleasant fight to Martin Luther King.
Albert Amos himself was a socialist organizer in the black Bay Area community. And as Neng says it 😛 TAGEND
Our family was certainly infused in the relevant recommendations that Howard Thurman adopted; a sizable group of black scholastics shared in their inception, and the Civil Rights Movement was arguably constructed there( in the Bay Area ), outside the clasp of the Deep South, where it was famously exploited. He was an extraordinary human being, and I certainly weigh him as a forefather.
Indeed, Thurman was the reason Neng’s father got to go to college. Thurman put in a word for him at U.C. San Francisco, where he was very successful. Hui Neng’s father then went on to continue his studies in fiscals at U.C. Berkeley.
But the fantastic intersections in Neng’s family don’t stop with Thurman. Throughout the ’6 0s, Neng’s father was a student of the great Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki, the founding fathers of the San Francisco Zen Center and the Tassajara Monastery.
Today, in addition to running the Mindful Arts Project, Neng teaches English at the Basis School in Ahwatukee, AZ. He’s married to Sonya Amos and has seven teenagers aged 5 months to 17 years. He schools tai chi and his wife rehearses Buti yoga. Neng likes to sing and coat and tell dad jokes .( – 😛 TAGEND
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