Learn the backward step - illuminate your self...

Jun 30, 2021

 

Learn the backward step
that turns your light inward
to illuminate your self. .

Body and mind of themselves
will drop away,
and your Original Face will be manifest.

Coming, going, the waterbirds
don't leave a trace,
don't follow a path.

- Dogen Zenji - 道元禅師 -



*Dogen Zenji  - was  known as Eihei Dogen - 永平道元 - and was a Japanese Buddhist priest, writer, poet, philosopher, and founder of the Soto school of Zen in Japan.  Dogen lived during the time of January 1200 – September 1253. 

Dogen was originally ordained as a monk in the Tendai School in Kyoto, he was ultimately dissatisfied with its teaching and traveled to China to seek out what he believed to be a more authentic Buddhism. He remained in China for five years, finally training under Tiantong Rujing - 天童如淨 - an eminent teacher of the Chinese Caodong lineage - 曹洞宗 - in Qingde Temple - 慶徳寺 - on Tiantong Mountain - 天童山 - in Zhejiang Province - 浙江 - .

Upon his return to Japan, Dogen began promoting...

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Zi-Ran - the Tao of Nature

Jun 30, 2021
 
Human Kind follow the Way of Earth;
the Earth follows the Way of the Heavens;
the Heavens follow the Great Way of Tao.
Tao follows the Way of Nature....
- Lao Tzu
 
Zi-Ran – ( 自然 ) - is a key concept in Taoism that literally can mean "naturally; natural; spontaneously; freely; also it is used to refer to 'Nature' , and something which exists freely of itself. Zi-Ran is what is 'Natural' and the 'Natural World'. Ziran also has the nuance, to refer to and point to one's 'True Nature' or 'True Self’.
 
Zi-Ran – ( 自然 ) - is perhaps one of the oldest philosophical views from the Taoist School. Lao Tzu introduced the concept of Zi-Ran throughout many chapters in his work the 'Tao Te Ching' and it points in one way to something which exists that is opposite to all the things of the world which are artificial and man made....
 
 
 
 
Tao Fa Zi-Ran - ( 道法自然 )
' Tao follows the Way of Nature ‘
 
Tao Fa Zi-Ran is a...
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Tai Chi - the Grand Ultimate

Jun 30, 2021
 
The Tai Chi comes from the Unbounded Infinity, the Primordial Union, the Wuji,
thus it is the source and mother of Yin and Yang.
 
If it moves, it separates;
if it is static, it combines....
 
All movements should be directed by conscious intention, and not by external force.
When moving up or down, front or back, left or right, the same intention is unbroken and united as One.
 
First the mind then the body —- when the abdomen is completely relaxed, the Qi Energy can rise in the body spontaneously; then the Qi Energy can penetrate into the bones.
 
When your spirit and body are at ease you can always move as your intention directs....
 
The mind should direct the Qi Energy to move. The Qi should be completely composed. Then the Qi Energy will penetrate to the bones.
 
The Qi Energy circulating freely, mobilises the body. If Qi Energy is correctly cultivated, one’s Vital Spirit will be raised...
 
- The Tai Chi...
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Passing of Great Master Rèn Fǎróng

Jun 20, 2021
 
‘ If people do what Taoism teaches, then the natural environment will reach a balance once again...'
- Rèn Fǎróng Dào Zhǎng - 任法融道长
 
 
The Elder Great Master of Taoism, Rèn Fǎróng Dào Zhǎng has ascended to the Heavenly Realms, on May 26th, 2021 - at the time of 10:20am.
 
We sincerely mourn the passing of this Great Master and an important figure of modern Taoism in Mainland China.
 
Great Master Rèn Fǎróng was born in Tianshui City, Gansu, in 1936, to a simple family of farmers. His maternal grandfather was a scholar in the late Qing dynasty, who was adept in the Confucian classics. Under the influence of his maternal grandfather's guidance, he received a wonderful education through the study of the Four Books, and the Five Classics.
 
 
* The Four Books are:
Great Learning, Doctrine of the Mean, Analects, and Mencius.
* The Five Classics are:
Classic of Poetry, Book of...
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Consider That Which is Insignificant

May 29, 2021

 

That which is still and at rest is easily kept quiet...

That which has not yet appeared is easily prevented.
What is still feeble and weak is easily broken.
What is still deficient is easily dispersed.
 
Treat things before they exist.
Regulate things before disorder begins.
The strong tree originated from a tiny root.
A tower of nine stories is built up brick by brick.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single footstep.
 
If one tries to improve a thing, one damages it;
if one grasps it, they lose it.
 
The wise one, therefore, not attempting to form things does not damage them, and not grasping after things, they do not lose them.
 
The people in their rush for completing a task are ever approaching success,
but continually failing.
 
One must be as careful in the end as in the beginning if they are to succeed.
Therefore the wise one desires to be free from desire,
they do not value the things that are difficult to attain.
 
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Living Tao LIVE - Online Lessons

Jul 09, 2020
 

Come Join us and experience our in-depth LIVE lessons every week.  Learn Authentic Taoist Arts of Longevity, Healing and Self Transformation such as: Qigong, Neigong, Taoist Yoga, and Inner Alchemy Meditation.  We will guide you with our Live Online Lessons to a state of self mastery, inner peace  and greater health.       

The Living Tao LIVE Program contains:  

  • LIVE classes every week detailing the in-depth practices of Qigong, Neigong and Inner Alchemy Meditation -  weekly classes will be guided LIVE by Jesse Lee Parker in real time though the virtual meeting platform ZOOM.
  • Monthly LIVE - Q & A sessions - interactive dialogue, learning and discussion with Jesse and our student community.
  • Access to our Living Tao Online Archive - all lessons will be archived for your future viewing in our password protected Online Learning Center.

Visit here to find out more --> https://www.immortalarts.org/ 

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5 Energy Gates Qigong & Meridian Stretching

Apr 06, 2020
 

Empty yourself of Everything.....

Let the Mind rest at Peace.
Returning to the source is Stillness,
Which is the way of Nature.
~Lao Tzu

Internal Harmony = Smooth Energy Flow -
Gaining a flow of Smooth Energy, we may experience vital health and happiness:

The main focus in the practice of Taoist Qigong is the development and balance of ‘Qi’ Energy. Qi Energy can be viewed as ‘Universal Life Force’, and is the underlying essence of all life, development and creation.

When our Qi Energy is in balance, we experience more health, vitality, enhanced focus, greater memory, happiness and internal harmony.  When our Qi Energy is out of balance, we may experience fatigue, chronic pain, lowered immune response, irritability, and so on..... 

Leanring to work with your Qi Energy and bring your body's systems into balance is perhaps one of the greatest gifts you could give yourself in life.

DANTIAN ~ Ocean of Vital Energy

The Dantian Center can be thought of as the...

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Cucumber Water - Boosting Immunity

Mar 26, 2020

I like to drink cucumber water with ginger these days... add 2-3 chopped cucumber to a water jug, and allow it to soak over night before drinking - add ginger slice for a wonderful taste, and added boost to your immune system... as you drink, refill the water level - to enjoy over 1 day or more...

Cucumber water has many wonderful health benefits, including hydration, weight loss, boosting immune system, lowering blood pressure, and skin health....

Cucumbers contain a range of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients that help prevent a variety of conditions, including cancer and diabetes, as well as keeping bones, skin, and muscles healthy...

Cucumbers are high in antioxidants and other nutrients. By adding them to water, they make a glass of water more nutritious and antioxidant-rich.

Cucumbers are rich in the following antioxidants:

*calcium
*magnesium
*potassium
*phosphorus
*vitamin A
*vitamin K

Cucumbers are an excellent source of potassium, making cucumber water a good way to...

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Metal Element Qigong

Mar 14, 2020
 

Nurturing Energy, forget words and guard it,

Conquer the mind, follow Non-Doing.

The Human body is only Vitality, Energy & Spirit.

Vitality, Energy & Spirit ~ the 'Three Treasures'.

These Three Treasures are what makes up a human being, and are at the very root of our health, vitality and spiritual expression.

~ Ancestor Lu DongBin

A wonderful way to build your health, vitality and immunity is through the Ancient Wisdom we find from the Arts of Taoist Qigong, Meditation and Taoist Yoga.

Here we offer the practice of the 'Metal Element Qigong' from our TaoYoga Arts System, to aid in your health and well being at this time when many are suffering from stress, worry, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and adjusting to the changes taking place in our community and lifestyle.

Metal Element in Taoist Doctrine corresponds to the organ of the Lung, the skin and hair, and the colour of White Gold. The Metal Element relates to our Physical Energy and also our Protective Energy, and...

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Coiling Dragon Form - Taoist Yoga & Qigong

May 05, 2019
 

The Dragon is an image we find in many forms of Taoist Yoga, Qigong, Nei Gong, Tao Yin and the Martial Arts. The Dragon in Taoist Culture is a Mystical Pure Yang Animal - one that is Heavenly, Spiritual and Auspicious. The Coiling Dragon form seen here is one section taken from our Golden Lotus form training in the TaoYoga Arts System.

The Dragons motion is typically expressed in Taoist Yoga & Qigong Practice as having the qualities of : Coiling / Spiraling -- Open / Close -- Up / Down -- In / Out... these patterns of movement are both internal and external - expressions of the Yin Yang theory, not as a concept, but as a tangible somatic experience.

 

Our Coiling Dragon Form shown here  in the above video can be seen to effect the Yin Energy Meridians in the legs, arms and also works to open the ascending Governing Vessel in the spine, and also the descending Conception Vessel in the front of the torso. The Opening of the Energy Meridian and creating a smooth,...

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