Four core disciplines are fundamental to one's study of the internal arts: Eternal Spring Chi Kung, Tai Chi, Nei Kung, and Meditation. Each course of study has unique merit; practice of all four is necessary for the attainment of a high level of internal development.
Through Taoist Meditation one learns how to conserve, transform, and direct the healing energy of chi; to cope with stress; to reach one's own potential, and to develop a peaceful mind. Happiness, peace and health start with mind and body being in harmony.
The stretches and self-massage taught and practiced in Meditation Classes also contribute directly to one's practice of the Tai Chi form. Currently, we offer occasional special classes to help you advance through the four levels of Taoist Meditation. Grandmaster Chu’s technique of Taoist meditation is explained in his book, Chu Meditation, and his book on Taoist philosophy is forthcoming (see Books).
A five-step meditation technique for developing a quiet, empty mind is taught and practiced. Class begins with stretching and a discussion of the Taoist vision of life, in part to illuminate similarities and differences with Confucianism, Buddhism, and other religious practices. Silent meditation is practiced, building from five minutes in the first class to half an hour in the last class. Each class concludes with further discussion and self-massage.
Prerequisite: None. Ten-week course.
The second level of meditation involves making sounds. This course furthers the lessons of meditation I by reviewing the five-step technique and going further into Taoist philosophy. Then, students learn 3 healing sounds and how to use them in their practice.
Prerequisite: Meditation I. Ten-week course.