Daoshi Training

Big Eight Series:
Golden Light Prayer 金光神咒  

Thursday, August 22, 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
Golden Light Prayer 金光神咒 (jīn guāng shén zhòu),  is the seventh of the Big Eight Morning Prayers 八大神咒. 

This prayer radiates like a luminous gem within the treasury of Daoist spiritual practices, offering seekers a potent invocation for enlightenment, protection, and spiritual empowerment.  

This sacred prayer, steeped in symbolism and mysticism, serves as a conduit for channeling the transformative power of the golden light, awakening the divine potential within the practitioner and illuminating the path to spiritual realization.

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


At its core, the Golden Light Prayer is a sacred invocation of the golden light (金光 jīn guāng), symbolizing the luminous radiance of the Dao as it manifests within the individual. In Daoist philosophy, gold is not merely a precious metal but a symbol of purity, wisdom, and spiritual refinement. The golden light represents the innate brilliance and luminosity of the true self, untainted by the veils of ignorance and delusion.

The prayer begins with the invocation of the golden light (金光 jīn guāng), calling upon its radiant energy to illuminate the inner landscape of the practitioner's being. As the golden light permeates every cell and fiber of their being, it dissolves the veils of illusion and awakens them to the boundless expanse of their true nature.

Simultaneously, the prayer invokes the divine spirit (神 shén) that dwells within the practitioner, acknowledging its sacred presence and seeking its guidance on the path to enlightenment. In Daoism, the divine spirit is understood as the luminous essence that animates all beings and phenomena, embodying the infinite potential for growth and transformation. By invoking the divine spirit, practitioners establish a deep connection with their true selves, aligning themselves with the wisdom and power that reside within.

As the prayer unfolds, it invokes the transformative power of the golden light (金光 jīn guāng), symbolizing the alchemical process of inner purification and spiritual awakening. In Daoist alchemy, the golden light is seen as the elixir of immortality, the radiant energy that nourishes and sustains the spiritual body. Through the practice of prayer recitation and visualization, practitioners harness the power of the golden light to transmute the base elements of the self into the pure gold of wisdom and compassion.

Moreover, the Golden Light Prayer serves as a shield of protection (保护 bǎo hù) for the practitioner, enveloping them in a luminous cloak of divine energy that wards off negativity and malevolent forces. As practitioners recite the prayer, they invoke the protective power of the golden light, creating a sacred space where they can safely navigate the challenges of the spiritual path.

In conclusion, the Golden Light Prayer stands as a timeless testament to the transformative power of the golden light in the Daoist tradition. Through its invocation of the luminous radiance of the Dao, its reverence for the divine spirit, and its catalytic power of transformation, the prayer offers practitioners a profound pathway to enlightenment, protection, and spiritual empowerment. As they engage in this sacred practice, they embody the timeless wisdom of the sages, walking the path of illumination and awakening with courage, grace, and luminous radiance.

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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