Wu Wisdom: The Three Teachings

The following is an excerpt from RZA's "The Wu-Tang Manual." The Tao means, basically, the "Way." It refers to the flow of life, the way nature expresses itself. Taoism teaches you to unite your actions with the flow of the universe. You want to be spontaneous and free from outside influences like social institutions. Confucianism, on the other hand, is more life a concept of government, conduct, and social order. So they seem like opposites, but in Chinese society, they along with Buddhism combine to form a general approach to...

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Wu Wisdom: Everything is Everything

The following is an excerpt from RZA's "Tao of Wu." When Buddha says “All is illusion,” he isn’t saying that nothing is real. He’s saying that your mind’s projections onto reality are illusions. He’s saying that the elements in the universe that form every physical thing we see—solid, liquid, gas—if they’re taken down to a subatomic level, they don’t exist. Therefore all we see is an illusion, because it’s shape or form, not true essence. One reason why Buddhism was pushed out was that it seemed to contradict Western ideas...

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Trip to Lahore's Textile Market

At the end of last year I headed out to Pakistan to make sure our first production run got off on the right foot. During a down day I headed out to the Lahore textile market. The place was gigantic. It was a maze of all these individual textile wholesalers—each of them slinging a wide array of fabric to people who were shopping for themselves. In Pakistan, it's not that strange to go out, pick out a fabric, and then take that fabric to a tailor to get clothes made....

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Mystery Box Now On Sale!

We just put up our first Mystery Box! The idea behind our Mystery Box is simple: you pay $100, and you get at least $200 worth of 36 Chambers gear. Each box comes with two pieces inside of it: a bag, shirt, jacket and/or accessory! You won't know what you actually get, until your box is delivered. If you order more than one box, no two items will be repeated in your delivery. We experienced a high surge of orders when the box first launched. Shipping your box out will...

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Wu Wisdom: Different Methods of Learning

The following is an excerpt from the Tao of Wu. When I started making music, I knew nothing about making music. I didn’t know any music theory; I didn’t know where C was on the piano. Since then, I’ve studied music. I’ve become a Hollywood soundtrack composer, writing music for eighty-piece orchestras. But as soon as I started learning, in 1997, something in me changed. I used my new knowledge to create Wu-Tang Forever, but it’s not as critically acclaimed. What does that tell you? To me, it tells you...

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