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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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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Opening the Energy Gates

Apr 26, 2019
 

Opening the Energy Gates

In Qigong, Neigong and Taoist Yoga Practice 'Opening' is a big theme. We open Meridians, Energy Gates, and Energy Centers. The Energy Gates we may view as having an 'Inner' and 'Outer' aspect. We have the '5 Outer Gates' and the '9 Inner Gates'. The '9 Inner Gates' sometimes termed the '9 Caldrons' are the places where meridians connect in the body, and move from one area to another - for example for energy to pass from the arm into the torso, the meridians must pass through the Energy Gate located in the Shoulder Joint. The 'Inner Energy Gates' are usually located in the major joint spaces - or more specifically in the 'Empty Space' between the bones of a joint, and also found in the spinal cord. The Energy Gates often become blocked, and this can cause stagnant energy, stiffness, pain, emotional imbalance and limits the movement of Energy through the Meridian system....

- Learn more about Neigong, Taoist Yoga, Qigong and Opening of the Energy Gates -...

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The True Human

Jul 25, 2018

The True Human Unifies with Nature and equalizes all things.

The True Human is empty, yet is also everything.

The True Human is unconscious, yet is also everywhere.

The True Human of old slept without Dreaming, and woke without anxiety. 

The True Human ate without concern, and breathed deeply.

The breath of the True Human arose from the depth of the feet, 

while the Common Human breathes in a shallow manner from the throat.

The True Human of old knew neither to love life, nor to hate death. 

They offered no resistance.

The True Human of old received with delight anything that came into their life, and let go of anything that had been lost or forgotten.

The True Human’s mind was free from all thought. Their way was one of stillness and silence. Shining with simplicity.

The True Human was in Harmony with all things – without any mind of knowledge.

~ Chuang Tzu

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Gate of Awakening

Jun 25, 2018
 

 

Nurturing Energy, forget words and guard it,

Conquer the mind, do 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

 HEALTH - Harmony of Energy

The main focus in the practice of Taoist Yoga is the development and balance of ‘Qi’ Energy.

Qi Energy can be viewed as the ‘Universal Life Force’, and is the underlying essence of all life, development and creation.

When our Qi Energy is in balance, we experience health, vitality, happiness and internal harmony.

When our Qi Energy is in a state of unbalance, we can experience sickness, emotional unbalance, chronic pain and fatigue.

The first aim of the practice of Taoist Yoga is to gain a smooth flow of Qi Energy, and an internal balance of Qi Energy, which gives one the experience...

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No Mind - Secret of the Way

Jun 23, 2018

Immortal Arts - Stages in Development

The Immortal Arts Method - a modern day approach to Taoist Neigong and the Art of Inner Alchemy - bringing one to greater health, healing, harmony and leading one to the Discovery of True Self.

During the Practice of Taoist Inner Alchemy - we use three aspects of Self -

Our Body, Mind and Breath.

The Mind is something that becomes clear, sharp and more focused the longer we continue the practice - this means that our ability in Focus or the ability to Concentrate our Intention and keeping to the Center of our Dantian improves.

If we look at the process of learning the Art of Taoist Inner Alchemy - we may see that there are forms, postures, shapes and combinations of movements that we practice.

The movements and shapes follow a unique pattern - they are circular -

Circular movement and physical shapes aid in the development and smooth flow of Healing Energy. To create these shapes and movement patterns in our practice - we must use the...

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Summer Solstice

Jun 21, 2018

Summer Solstice is a time of the Growing Yang Principle....

The Way of Taoist Practice that we teach in the TaoYoga Arts System contains three general levels we progress through in the learning, which can be simply thought of as dealing with the body, learning about the cycles of nature, and lastly how to gain a Union of Self and Nature.

* First we will learn about the inner rhythms, development and cycles of Energy in our own body - through the act of self practice in the TaoYoga Arts System.
* Second we will study and learn about the rhythms, patterns and cycles of Energy we may find within nature - this includes the cycle of the four seasons, and the movement of the sun and moon - this is all organized in the Taoist Energetic Calendar, which includes the dates, and times of practice we follow throughout the year, in order to follow these cycles.
* Lastly, we learn the method and way to join the Human and Nature into a Unified, Balanced and Harmonious whole. A Union of the...

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Listen with the Heart

Jun 11, 2018

 

During the practice of Taoist Breath Work you shall look as if you were doing nothing on the outside, yet all things within the body are changing and transforming on the inside;

leading you to an internal state of Stillness,,Tranquility and Complete Emptiness.

The situation shall come naturally through the proper practice of Tao Breath Training; without your consciousness being involved.

This state is not created by the use of the Mind, nor is this state imagined through Visualization.

Listening to the Breathing can lead you to a deep state of inner tranquility and clarity with all thoughts and mental motion coming to reside upon one single point, a single unified field of Pure Living Awareness - this is the Path to Return  to your Pristine Original Nature.

This Listening is not done with the Ears – 

this is a Listening done with the Heart…

Taoist Longevity Breathing

Return to Childhood Breathing – Awaken the Subtle Breath -

The Taoist Breath...

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