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                          -Laozi

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April 6-22, 2018

This spring's trip to China is open only to current Daoist students of the Temple of Peace and Virtue.

The focus of this trip will be working with morning prayers.
Our training will begin at Kunming, where we will be spending 3 days with Abbot Yuan Zhi Dui 袁至兑 and Abbot Xia from Zhen Qing Guan 真庆观 (True Celebration Monastery).  The focus of our study will be the Morning Prayers. This will be an unusual opportunity to learn further neidan 内丹 (Chinese internal alchemy) associated with the prayers, as well as esoteric application of these practices.
From Kunming we will journey on to Qing Cheng Shan.  We will spend a few days at Tai Qing Gong太清宫 (Temple of Supreme Clarity).  This is a very beautiful and remote temple complex. Staffed with only 6 Daoists and receiving almost no tourists, it offers initiates an opportunity to experience utter stillness while working with the Immortals.
Thus prepared, we will journey on to Jianfu Gong to receive instruction and transmission with my Shifu (Abbot Zhang Ming Xin). She will continue our study of the Morning Prayers by working through the Qingjing Jing with us.  
The Qingjing Jing 清静经 (Classic of Clarity and Stillness) is often considered one of the most important scriptures in  Daoism. It has numerous commentaries and was interpreted in context with neidan 内丹. It instructs students of the Dao to practice the elimination of desire in order to cultivate spiritual purity and stillness.
Abbot Zhang Ming Xin will provide us with an understanding of the scripture as well as its associated alchemical practices. 

The final few days of our trip we will head to Beijing for 2 days of personal time to use as you see fit.

 

This year, Shifu Shannon has decided to organize the trainings so that initiates are better able to receive the level of training that is appropriate for them.  There will be two levels of trainings: those for initiates at the Dizi/Tudi level, and those at the Daoshi level who have been recognized as Daoist Priests with the Temple of Peace and Virtue. 

We are also asking all initiates to please formally register on this site for trainings that you will be attending.  This will help us to better prepare for trainings, and send relevant material to participants.

The Paths

  • Purify the Heart: An Interpretation

    Purify the Heart: An Interpretation

    By Dr. Bernard Shannon

    Purify the Heart is the first of the Big Eight Incantations of the Morning and Evening Prayers and is the groundwork upon which subsequent Morning and Evening Prayers are built. As an incantation, it purifies and transforms the mind, emotions, spirit, and body while purging turbidity.

    Purifying and transforming, the prayer clears turbid and disturbing thoughts and energy, thus helping to protect and root the Hún and . The incantation allows Daoists to enter a state of tranquility and enables them to envision the heart of the Dào . Without this foundation solidly in place, our journey will be without merit and we will never find true tranquility.

    In this article, a line-by-line interpretation of this prayer is presented. This interpretation is rooted within the alchemical process that occurs as the prayer is worked, offering a deepening understanding of both the alchemical work of heart purification, and

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