A Focus on Pa Kua

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A Focus on Pa Kua

This month I’m writing about something more practical and less philosophical. What is Pa Kua? When I come to a class, what am I studying?

Pa Kua is translated into “Eight Changes.” Pa meaning “eIght,” and kua meaning “changes.” The Chinese character on our logo above is Pa Kua written in Chinese text. The circular symbol is the Pa Kua symbol. But this translation doesn’t mean all that much to most people. So how can we better understand what we are learning?

Pa Kua is translated into “Eight Changes.” Pa meaning “eIght,” and kua meaning “changes.” The Chinese character on our logo above is Pa Kua written in Chinese text. The circular symbol is the Pa Kua symbol. But this translation doesn’t mean all that much to most people. So how can we better understand what we are learning?

If I look at a river, I can see that the water that passes by is always new to me. The passing of the day has changed my level of energy. The temperature has changed. The scene is in many ways the same, but is made up of all new material and thoughts. I read many years ago that you cannot go home again, because when you arrive you and the place and all the feelings you once had there are different.

So what is the study of Pa Kua? It’s the physical, mental, and social techniques to prepare our body and mind for the natural changes that life brings. To prepare us for aging, sleeping, eating, breakups, breakdowns, sickness, weather, and all the other things that have come and will come. Never ending, even when we one day meet our end.

“Life is a series of natural and spontanoes changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
-Lao Tzu

-Master Kyle Billingsley