Come to a spectacular mountain in New Mexico and explore how living a Daoist life can make a difference in the world today, how Daoism can provide a more appropriate worldview, conceptual structures, and behavioral guidelines that allow us to treat self, society, nature, and the cosmos as one interconnected webwork and thereby bring healing to the people and harmony to the world.
To immerse ourselves in Dao, our day begins with qigong stretches. After breakfast we explore six areas of progressive unfolding: cosmic thinking, mental ease, energetic potency, body awareness, social connection, and being in nature. In each case, we use original sources from key religious scriptures. Lunch follows, and a break period for resting, hiking, or more active practice.
In the afternoon, we experiment with a form of Daoist cultivation: sitting in oblivion, visualization, dietetics, daoyin exercises (breathing, qi-guiding), interpersonal connection, and Feng Shui. Preparing a healthy, whole-foods dinner while applying positive internal energy, we continue our discussion of Daoist worldview and lifestyle choices and as well as of issues of social transformation and global vision, ever more ready to live a Daoist life full of harmony and integration.
Dates: Sept. 11-18, 2010
Location: Bear Mountain Range, Cibola National Forest, south of Albuquerque
The first International Summit on Laozi and Daoist Culture will be held in Beijing from November 5-7, 2009. Organized by Prof. HU Fuchen, president of the Laozi and Daoist Culture Research Association (老子道家文化研究会), the summit will take place in Beijing and feature a reception in the Great Hall of the People.
The conference of "LI-SHAN-WEN-DAO" is held at Li-shan mountain in June 28-30,2009, sponsored by the Institute of Chinese Taoist Culture Studies (Chinese Association of Taoism), Institute of Taoist Culture Studies (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Taoism Association of Shan-xi Province, undertaken by the Center of Taoism Studies (Shan-xi Academy of Social Sciences), Ming-sheng Temple of Li-shan.
Daoism Today: Science, Health, Ecology
6th International Conference on Daoist Studies
Loyola Marymount University, June 2-6, 2010
The sixth in a series of major conferences on Daoist studies and modern application, this continues a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), Hong Kong (2007), and Mt. Wudang (2009).
This year’s location is the spectacular campus of LMU in Los Angeles, with its scenic overlook of the Pacific Ocean and easy access to the airport and California sightseeing.
The theme is the application of Daoist theory and practice in the world today. Preferred topics include: Daoism in relation to science, medicine, cultivation, spirituality, history, culture, arts, music, ecology, ethics, and more. Click here to view the conference abstracts.
The Manchester Academy for Transpersonal Studies is excited and delighted to announce a three day workshop with international scholar, author and practitioner Professor Livia Kohn.
Livia is the Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies at Boston University, USA, and has many years experience in both the theoretical and the practical applications of Chinese Cultivation. The workshop will include introductions to Chan (Zen Buddhist) and Daoist philosophy and practice.
The theme of the Rothenburg Kongress 2009 “Jing Shen” confronts us with our interpretation and ideas of the translated terms “Es¬sence” and “Mind/ Spirit”. Jing-Essence appears to be associated with that which is most important, which is stable, permanent and valuable. But what is the nature of the connection between this idea of permanence and the idea of our life being in a state of constant change? What is the Lingshu trying to tell us by saying that Essence is “what a person generates but what has always been in existence before”? Is it also that which shows consistence, which is old? Does this mean that whatever is old is also valuable? Why is it that nowadays we admire old, unvarnished and worm-ridden furniture? Why do we cherish the old and ancient aspects in the classics and in Chinese Medicine? Why do the Chinese have hardly any (moral) issue with copying old original artifacts?
The same applies for the idea of “Shen”, often being translated as “Mind/ Spirit”. To what extent does the Chinese idea of Mind and Spirit match ours and what actually is the relationship between body and soul? Is it similar to the ideas of the ancient Greeks, namely Plato, and later on Christian Religion who state that the sublime, superior and eternal soul is designed to rule the void, mortal and inferior body?
May 8 - 10, 2009 The Wuji Centre, Belgium
If you are interested in
- Taoist Energy Practices
- Health & longevity techniques
- The concepts behind Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Feng Shui, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture
then please join us in a weekend workshop in May with one of the world’s leading Taoist scholars, Dr. Livia Kohn.
June 18-22, 2009, Wudangshan, Hubei, China
The fifth in a series of international conferences on Daoism to be held every year or two in China, Europe, or North America, this meeting follows conferences in Boston 2003, Chengdu 2004, Munich 2006; and Hong Kong 2007. The aim of the meeting is to promote academic exchange and research in the field of Daoism, and conferences will cover both contemporary and historical topics related to socio-cultural constructions of Daoist identities, beliefs, and practices.
Wudangshan is the devotional center of one of the most important deities of the Daoist pantheon—Zhenwu dadi（also known as Xuantian shangdi. Beginning in the Northern Song (960-1127), the Zhenwu cult received imperial sponsorship which continued and grew through the Ming (1368-1644). In the Yongle reign of the Ming (1402-1424), a massive project created a Daoist complex that was arguably the most ambitious and impressive architectural achievement of the empire outside of the Imperial Palace in Beijing. That complex is today recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and continues to receive a large number of pilgrims every year from across China and Southeast Asia.
The conference is sponsored by Yunyang Teachers’ College, Rutgers University, the Hong Kong Taoist Association, the Yuen Yuen Institute, Wudangshan Town, and the Wudang Daoist Association. Chief organizers are Yang Lizhi and Liu Xun, assisted by a steering committee which includes Li Gang, Lü Xichen, Zhang Qin, Mei Li, Shin-yi Chao, Tang Weixia, and Wu Jingxing.