Sage Secrets

Richard Tseng
Put the secret wisdom found in our myths, legends, and popular culture to good use.
Created 27 Jun 2020
  • Dating the Divine Guan Yin
    22 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 2
    Upon attaining enlightenment, Guan Yin swore to help those who most needed mercy. That’s another way of saying Asian society needed a deity of compassion and this legend decided to fill that need. Onc...
  • Monkey See, Monkey Learn
    15 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 2
    The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Way of the Monkey King. While many are familiar with the character’s magical and martial abilities, most do not know that he learns from one of ten g...
  • Dave Chappelle, Meme Magician
    08 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 3
    Note: This article is not intended to take sides. I’m interested less in whether Dave Chappelle’s views on trans gay rights are right or wrong (perhaps a bit of both, maybe more wrong than right in re...
  • What Comedy Has to Teach Us About QAnon
    31 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Three interesting insights sprang to mind as I read Astral Codex Ten's article on QAnon: Of all the social sciences, politics and psychology are the most personal. These happen to be the realms in whi...
  • Hello Again
    24 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    You make one promise to create a series on the Monkey King and then disappear for the better part of a month. What gives? I should have known better. Journeys rarely go according to plan. While I have...
  • My Grandpa the Monkey King
    03 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 2
    I wrote the following post on August 30, 2019. There are always at least three good reasons to do something: For ourselves, for people like us, and for the people who made us who we are. This post is ...
  • It's All A Game
    27 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 3
    Selfie by Andre I was going to pick up takeout the other day (what is fast becoming an unwelcome Saturday evening routine) when I lost it with the stroller. It was my wife’s idea to take my 16-month-o...
  • The Way of the One Inch Punch (2of2)
    19 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 1 2
    To all of you who have enjoyed the writings of “Secrets of the Sages” thus far, I have an important update at the bottom of today’s post. If you find yourself unable to finish reading about this fasci...
  • 1 Inch Punching Your Way Through Life
    12 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    There are a few things you should know about this short-range punch: It's not all that useful in actual combat. More of a magic trick than a real technique, the core principle it's getting at is still...
  • What's the Deal with Ivermectin?
    05 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 2 1
    I miss those old kitschy Home Remedy books… When the headline below made it through my wall of wu wei, I knew something was up. Seems like the rednecks of reddit and Bitchute don’t want Bill Gates vac...
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