Learn a little about Wudang Tai Chi and Taoism

Purple Cloud Temple

Purple Cloud Temple

Check out this interesting video about The Secrets of Wudang Wushu. Got some good visuals of the temples I visited in the mountains of Wudang too. Wudang priests are rigorously trained in not only Tai Chi and Qigong, but harder martial arts like kungfu, and also the internal elements of qi movement. Plus, they are taught caligraphy, Taoism as a religion, healing techniques, and feng shui.

It was interesting to see so many non-Chinese studying there too. The West is finally getting really interested in ancient Chinese culture, and the benefits we can get from practicing.

Unconditional Love

by Wu Dang Chen

When you find yourself in judgement, when you find yourself in the negative, as soon as you catch it, think to the opposite side of your emotion.

Wisdom gives hope and determination to walk the path. Where intelligence can fool you, wisdom can save you. With wisdom you can understand that the journey is walked alone. The path awards you the opportunity to practice unconditional love. Do you have the greatest expectation of your own expectations? When you don’t live up to your own expectations, you punish yourself. By punishing self, you commit chronic suicide. Allow your self to live and to let live also. Allow yourself to be different. Ask, “Do I give myself opportunity to be different? Do I allow and give myself new opportunities?” Change the tone of the word “hard” to, “it is quite a challenge.” When you approach things as a challenge, as opposed to hard, you put yourself into a more joyful and excited energy. This brings the joy. Change to a “challenge.”

Practice unconditional love with no value or judgement attached to it. Unconditional love is not victimized if love is not returned. God loves you! Say, “I love you” and mean it. I love you is different when you let the voice come from your heart with emotion. When you say it from the head, it is an intellectual love and is not heartfelt. Let the voice come from the spirit. It is merciful to see the pain in the devil’s heart. Practice unconditional love. Your own self is the first one to practice with.

When you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask. Only stupid people look for perfection. They think the world is designed to be one way, so all their life they look for perfection. Only when you acknowledge that the world is not perfect does it become perfect. If you are willing to honestly acknowledge that you are stupid, then you become intelligent. It is always easy to point a finger at others, but it takes great wisdom to point the finger at your own nose. Those who dare to point the finger at their own nose are the wisest people. Meng Zi, a Confucian disciple said, “Check yourself three times a day and you will become a wise man.”

Go beyond the concept of I and not I. Self and selflessness is equal to Dao. The greatest individual is the one who is servant to all. To conquer one’s self is more challenging than to take down a city. Be willing to lie down for people’s needs. Love has no need to attach or detach. Love has no ego and no emotion to entertain. The lovely dummy is humble, she does not ask for an approving expression, or a return of appreciation. He will always do the same consistently. You don’t have to live for appreciation of others, so don’t ask or look for it. I serve Dao, not a letter of approval. When you serve humanity, serve each individual without ego or agenda, if not you become a slave to that agenda. Disengage from the game; ego only becomes a trap.

Your intent is to serve with purpose and passion. Be a spiritual person and enlighten people’s drive. The reward is not worldly; it is a confirmation from Dao. In the virtue world it is a virtue exchange. Return to spirit is the motion of Dao. Adjust your original intent from that of wanting to be the greatest person others want, to one of serving yourself. Detach from the desire of getting, or losing. Serve from the bottom of your heart. A truly wise person must be a fool who lets energy pass by with no judgement to understand. With no agenda you can see the whole.

It takes a wise man to see a wise man. Live and let live. Respect others right to live. Live with integrity and without judgement, so that you can enjoy how others live. Let go of all your preconceived models. Be wise and compassionate. A heart for a heart and an eye for an eye concept only leaves the whole world blind. You live in your own heaven so why create an opponent?

Many thanks to Master Chen for his wise words and for passing on his understanding of the Tao to us. Please visit his website for more information on Daoism.

What is Daoism?

This is from a recent email from Master Chen, it’s a great introduction to what Daoism is all about. If you want to know more, Master Chen is coming to Atlanta in October, see the sidebar article on my classes page for more information.
Letter from Chen

Daoism

What is Daoism? It is a new concept for many people in the western world. Dao is the “way, principle, truth and life”. “Dao” cannot be spoken of or named by mankind. It always falls into the short-term intellectual concept of mankind who has great ambition and ego of knowing and naming. When you name the “Dao”, you create the ten thousand mysteries in life which entertain your quality of life in your short journey on earth, life after life. “Dao” can be spoken about only when we have the curiosity of knowing in the moment and let it go after the knowing becomes the wisdom. It guides us all from darkness into the light by providing us the clear understanding of principles in life. It also gives us the ways to cultivate the unity between body and our spirit; pointing the truth destination for us to return “home” without falling into the traps of darkness.

Daoism was the way of living philosophy at first for all humankind. In ancient China, a wise man taught us the ways and principles to live with mother-nature between man, heaven and earth; kings with sage-quality live among ordinary people promoting peace and harmony by living as an example. Ancient people lived a simple, joyful life with the teachings of the “Dao” and lived life with “Conscious, mercy and forgiveness”.

About 1,500 hundred years ago, a sage named “Zhang Dao Ling” organized followers who lived the way of the Dao together creating an organization called “Wu Dou Mi Dao”. This later became “Tian Shi Dao”. People celebrated the highest quality of mankind, worship the best of humanity, and created a system of religious practice like other religions in the world who celebrate best of the humanity.

Daoism was created at that time and it became Chinese national religion that influenced Chinese culture and spirit.

Daoism as a religion has two type of practice, living in the temples, practicing immortality, worshiping all kinds of gods that are important to people. They devote human life to the world by living in simplicity and truth nature. They are the light house for the darkness of the ocean and preserve the way of living philosophy for mankind. This type of Daoist practice was named “QuanZhen Dao”, often represented as “Northern branch Daoism”. In Southern China, the family of “Zhang”, lead ordinary people to follow the principles of the Dao, lived in normal communities and practiced the religious activities when needed in the temple. They served communities with different religious activities like celebrating joy and prosperity and asking for blessings and rewards from the gods.

The others, like celebrating soul passing by asking blessing of the gods. This kind of religion was very practical and served the needs of the people, living in material life as a Daoist priest, we call it “Zhen Yi Dao”. Often this is being represented as Southern Daoism.

Daoism encourages its followers and people to live life with two main principles: “Dao Fa Zi Ran (The Dao follows what it is nature)”; “Tian Ren He Yi (Heaven united with human as one)”. With these two main believes, it came with others like:

1. Be still and purify the spirit, lesser desires and detach from desire by weakening ambition, stillness is the root of the Dao.

2. Empty the heart, free from all emotions, accept and understand the emotion with attachment to the concept of them; observe and avoid the impact to body and spirit from resistant of all emotions.

3. Return to simplicity, look inward to embrace the truth spirit, merge self into the field of the Dao, letting go of the need of knowing, void becomes the “body” of the Dao.

4. Be soft and gentle. Soften ambition and ego, practice kindness, mercy and forgiveness, step back, dis engage from quarrels and fight to preserve the quality of the peace in life. Softness is the application of the Dao.

5. Cultivate the virtue. Virtue is the outfit of the Dao and kindness is the basic original human truth nature. Return from the complication of emotions from the stress of daily life. Preserve the original quality of humanity, love and enjoy life. Virtue is the compassion of the Dao.

6. Do nothing and leave nothing undone. Taking a step back. Cultivate the stillness and virtue, weakening ambition from material desires, return to stillness and produce inner joy, and then engage into the world to have high quality of performance in life.

Beside from being religion, Daoism preaches the nature way of living to provide a high productive life. Daoism teaches society a complete system to preserve life, preventing and curing diseases, improving physical performance and then, thereby being able to transform from ordinary to extraordinary human being. Furthermore, to reach immortality through cultivating internal alchemy.

Daoism practitioners discovered the techniques to transform human life with Yi Jing, Feng Shui, herbal medicine, herbal diet, acupuncture, energy healing, Dao Yin, Qi Gong and internal alchemy.

From generation to generation, priests pass down the techniques and experiences in writing and private oral teaching. Not only do Chinese benefit from these teachings, but also millions of people today worldwide have received the great teachings from those who have practiced the arts of Daoist healing.

Daoism teaches people to master the self not only emotionally, spiritually in theory or philosophy, but also teaching people to take control of physical life, to live in harmony with nature, united with Dao to achieve immortality in a very practical way. People are growing into heaven, not just “going to heaven”.

Live in the moment, cultivate the stillness, merge into the Dao, enjoy the journey on Earth and return the spiritual home when you are ready. This is Daoism.