tMeditating by Lake

The superior person settles the mind 
as the universe settles the stars in the sky.
Connecting the mind with the subtle origin, it calms.
Calmed, the mind naturally expands.
Ultimately the mind becomes as vast and immeasurable as the night sky.
- Laozi


This is an online class that is part of our online "Introduction to Daoist Alchemy" series.

We see the world not as it is, but how we have been trained to perceive it.
From the moment we are born, we are immersed in social consciousness - parental, cultural, and societal norms and roles. Through our education and socialization our minds become weighed down with assumptions, expectations, biases, pride, and ego.
One aim of Daoist internal alchemy is to return to a state of consciousness in which we can see original nature in the midst of the clutter of distortions characterizing our life in this world. 
In the Daoist tradition, meditation, which seeks to achieve a state of stillness (静功 jìng gōng) by emptying all thoughts from the mind, has long been an important means of doing this. 

meditation on mountain

When your mind is detached, simple, quiet,
then all things can exist in harmony. 
You can begin to perceive the subtle truth.
- Laozi

When we are able to turn our consciousness away from the outside world, we can turn inward and see our original nature. It is not easy to achieve the state of tranquility and clarity in the midst of today’s busy and complex lifestyle. To achieve stillness and yet be involved and active is even more difficult.

Daoist Opening Door

Returning to the Temple at the end of the day. Similar to returning to our center and closing off all distractions.

 

Learning to regulate the mind fosters clarity and stillness while developing concentration. This draws it away from daily worries and tension. Learning to quiet the mind, lays a foundation for integrating the principle of stillness, leading to the recognition of our original nature throughout our daily lives.

In this seminar, we will delve into the level of Man through the Alchemy of Mind. Mind is the third and final Regulation of Qigong, and thus, it is vital in the development of Daoist alchemy.

In this seminar we will focus upon:

  • Purification of the Mind
  • Illumination of the Mind
  • Union of the Mind

In doing so, we will also learn:

  • How to Reframe Trauma
  • Tools for Training the Mind
  • Being Present
  • Concentration
  • Contemplation
  • Visualization and Imagination

No prerequisites for this class.  All are welcome.

 To see when we will next be holding this class, or to register for an upcoming class, please visit the Calendar.

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    To give our initiates, and other interested students, a chance to come together as a community, we are offering monthly trainings online.
     
    Join us for these gatherings as we hold:

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    For Daoshi only.

    Join us for these gatherings as we have:

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    • Dao talk (论道 )
    • Inner cultivation (内修)
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    An Online Daoist Training Program for students interested in enriching their physical and spiritual lives with the philosophy and practices of Daoist Alchemy. This program consists of a series of online trainings that do not need to be taken in order.

    Through the study of Daoist alchemy, one learns mastery of self.

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