Taoist Monk Yun Rou (formerly Arthur Rosenfeld) received his academic background at Yale, Cornell, and the University of California. In 2012 he was ordained a Taoist monk at the Chun Yang (Pure Yang) Taoist Temple in Guangzhou, China. Blending literature, biology, and medicine with an orthodox Taoist education, his writings and teachings propagate Taoist ideas and focus on environmental conservation, and political and social justice. He is the author of 14 published works and several more forthcoming titles, has been fortunate enough to receive literary prizes, lovely reviews, some Hollywood options, and to publish some work in Mandarin, Chinese, too.
Yun Rou occasionally blogs on The Huffington Post and has written for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Parade, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Fox Business News, and numerous other websites and newspapers. In addition to hosting a documentary series on the scientific evidence for acupuncture, tai chi, and meditation, he hosted the hit national public television show Longevity Tai Chi. He counts many corporations and institutions among his speaking and teaching clients. He is currently developing a couple of his novels about Chinese history and philosophy into major motion pictures for the international market.
Yun Rou began his formal martial arts training in 1980 and practiced a wide range of Chinese kung fu styles before settling on tai chi. A student of some of China’s top tai chi grandmasters, he was named Tai Chi Master of The Year at the 2011 World Congress on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yun Rou was the keynote speaker at the International Tai Chi Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was the only westerner to sit on the dais with the five Chinese tai chi family patriarchs. Yun Rou teaches and speaks in South Florida and around the world.