Daoshi Training

Big Eight Series:
Blessing the Incense 祝香咒 

Thursday, July 25, 2024, 4 - 6pm CT

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Daoist training
  • Level: Entry
  • Video time: 2 hours
  • Audio: Almost 2 hours on 4 tracts 
  • Access: 90 days
  • Handouts: 2

Course overview
Blessing the Incense 祝香咒 (zhù xiāng zhòu), is the sixth of the Big Eight Morning Prayers 八大神咒. 

Blessing the Incense holds a sacred place in Daoist tradition, serving as a powerful invocation for consecrating sacred spaces, honoring deities, and invoking blessings.

Through the burning of incense and the recitation of this prayer, practitioners create a sacred atmosphere conducive to spiritual practice and communion with the divine.

Daoshi trainings are only for ordained Daoist Priests of the Temple of Peace and Virtue.


At its essence, Blessing the Incense 祝香咒 (zhù xiāng zhòu) is a sacred invocation of blessings (祝 zhù) through the medium of incense (香 xiāng), symbolizing the offering of fragrant smoke as a gesture of reverence and devotion. In Daoist practice, incense is regarded as a potent symbol of purification, transformation, and spiritual ascent. As the fragrant smoke ascends towards the heavens, it carries the prayers and aspirations of the practitioner, serving as a bridge between the earthly realm and the celestial realms.

The prayer begins with the invocation of blessings (祝 zhù), representing the sincere invocation of divine grace, protection, and guidance. Through the recitation of this prayer, practitioners express their heartfelt wishes for the well-being and prosperity of all beings, invoking the benevolent energies of the universe to shower blessings upon the world.

Simultaneously, the prayer calls upon the power of incense (香 xiāng), acknowledging its sacred role as a conduit for spiritual transformation and communion with the divine. In Daoist symbolism, incense represents the ascending of the spirit towards the heavens, symbolizing the journey of the soul towards enlightenment and liberation. By invoking the power of incense, practitioners create a sacred space where they can commune with the divine, offering their prayers and aspirations with sincerity and reverence.

As the prayer unfolds, it invokes the presence of divine beings and celestial forces, inviting their blessings and protection upon the practitioner and their surroundings. In Daoist cosmology, the universe is populated by a myriad of deities, immortals, and celestial beings, each embodying different aspects of the Dao. By invoking these divine beings, practitioners establish a connection with the celestial realms, aligning themselves with the benevolent energies that govern the cosmos.

Moreover, the Blessing the Incense serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of all things, highlighting the sacredness of every moment and every action. As practitioners recite the prayer and offer incense, they cultivate a sense of reverence and gratitude for the blessings of life, recognizing the beauty and wonder that surrounds them.

In conclusion, the Blessing the Incense stands as a timeless testament to the transformative power of ritual and devotion in the Daoist tradition. Through its invocation of blessings and the offering of incense, practitioners create a sacred space where they can commune with the divine, receiving blessings and guidance on their spiritual journey. As they engage in this sacred practice, they embody the timeless wisdom of the sages, cultivating a deeper connection with the divine and the natural world.

Advanced Daoist practitioners may use this prayer in combination with various rituals, meditation techniques, and invocations designed to connect with the energy of Heaven and Earth.
With this prayer, I find myself in such a peaceful place, My heart is filled and I am speechless.

What's included?

Lecture - 2 hours 

The lecture details the prayer character by character and line by line to convey an understanding not just of the literal translation but a deeper underlying meaning.

Recitation Practice - 20 and 40 minute Moderate Pace

These are 20 and 60 minute recitation practices at a moderate pace. This will guide someone familiar with the prayer to deeper levels of awareness. 

Pronunciation - Audio

This recording provides a single slow repetition of the prayer to elucidate the proper tones of the characters.

Written Prayer

This will have Chinese characters, pinyin, literal translation, and my interpretation of the prayer.

Recitation Practice - 20  minute Slow Pace

This recording is a 20 minute recitation practice at a slow pace. This will help entrain the energy for those new to this prayer. 


You will have 90 days of access to all the material.
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