New Tiger Instructor

Master Jim announced that Howard Richner certified as a Tiger Form instructor. Congratulations Howard!


Please share any Nam Hoa news you have by emailing Teacher Jude at


Renewing the World

A weekend of mindfulness, meditation, and writing practice in the tradition of Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich nhat Hanh will be helf Frdiay, Nov. 9-Sunday Nov. 11, 2012 a the Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA.

Sustained by silence, community and meditation, this annual autumn weekend of mindfulness is dedicated to nurturing peace in ourselves and in our communities. Through the practices of sitting and walking meditation, writing in community, mindful movement, sharing meals in silence, and participating in Dharma talks and dialogue, the world is renewed. Veterans of war and their families and friends are warmly invited to join this retreat. We will close our time together with a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and a peace ceremony on Sunday morning, Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2012.

FRIDAY WRITING WORKSHOP: Before the mindfulness retreat, Maxine Hong Kingston and Earll Kingston will offer a special writing session on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
MINDFULNESS RETREAT: Registration and check-in for the mindfulness retreat begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. Space is limited to 50 participants. Register as soon as possible to reserve your space.


For more information, contact Master Jim or email Teacher Jude for a registration form.


Our Beautiful Sue

Master Jim was informed by family members of Sue Ahrend that she passed away on June 5, 2012. Sue was a long time instructor in Long Beach, CA and a frequent participant at the annual Zaca retreats.  Her family wanted to pass along these thoughts:

"Our loving, beautiful and talented Sue passed away last evening.  Todd, Ali and myself were at her bedside holding her hands, listening to one of her favorite songs, "Over the Rainbow" by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo╩╗ole, when she transitioned into the light.  Our hearts are broken, but we know she is now at peace. 

Sue's loving presence touched all who knew her and she leaves this world a better place.  God bless you Sue, soar with the Angels."

Pictures of Sue may be seen on the "Changing Energy" page.



A New Dharma Teacher 

In January 2012 Master Jim  received an invitation to become a Dharma Teacher in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. On March 17 he participated in a Lamp Transmission ceremony, at the Deer Park Monastery near Escondido, which was the culmination of the invitation.

As part of the process he offered an insight gatha (poem) to Thich Nhat Hanh and he responded.  He is sharing the exchange on the page "Tai Chi Writings" titled "Insight Gatha." 

Master Jim hopes you enjoy them.



New Article by Phil Szpiech

Phil Szpiech, Nam Hoa Instructor with Bending Tree Tai Chi in Virginia has graciously written about his training and education on Qigong Therapy. To read his article, visit the Tai Chi Writings page.

Thank you Phil!