Grand Celebration for the Emperor of the Nine Levels of Heaven
九皇会 / 罗天大醮 祈福庆典
October 6 – 19, 2018
We have been invited back to Qing Cheng to participate in a very auspicious event celebrating the Emperor of the Nine Levels of Heaven. You are invited to join us.
This event is being sponsored to make it affordable for international Daoists to attend, and many of the attendees costs will be covered by the sponsoring associations.
During the celebration, there will be Blessing Rituals taking place which will focus upon the protection of humanity, fostering virtue, and promoting peace. Of the 13 active altars, one of them has been dedicated to the United States
The Nine Emperor Festival last for 9 days beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Devotees turn vegetarian in order to purify their bodies during this period to achieve ritual cleansing. Devotees pray for blessings during this time, and ask for assistance in dispelling misfortunes and bad luck.
The festival begins on the last day of the eighth lunar month with the raising of the Jiu Qu Deng (九曲灯), which refers to the “nine wicks in oil lamp”. The lamp is raised to invite divinities to the temple grounds in celebration of the festival. It will stay lit throughout the nine days as a sign of continuous divine presence.
The welcome ritual is usually held the following day, the first day of the ninth lunar month. A street procession begins at the temple and proceeds to a nearby river or sea. There the gods are invited to join in the ritual.
At the river, the priest invokes the spirits of the Nine Emperor Gods and invites them to descend into the urn. When the sacred ashes in the urn burn vigorously, it is a sign that the gods have arrived. The urn is then carried back to the temple and kept in a private place from public view.
During the nine days, worshippers visit the temple with offerings to ask for the blessing of the Jiu Huang Ye. A bridge-crossing purification ritual takes place during this time. In this special ceremony, participants receive charms, yellow threads or a Jiu Huang Ye seal stamped on their clothing in order to ward off the evils of the past year.
Sending Off Ritual
The ninth day of the festival is its climax. Scores of devotees form a procession to help send the deities back home.
Many devotees turn up for the final prayer and journey together to the beach or waterway. Included in this entourage is a dragon boat made of paper that will be alighted and set adrift, dramatically symbolizing the dispersal of bad luck and misfortune.
The festival officially ends with the lowering of the Jiu Qu Den (九曲灯) on the tenth day. This is followed by the ending of the vegetarian ritual, and meat dishes are laid out to thank the heaven guards. These dishes are later shared among worshippers to signify the ending of the fast.
Qing Cheng Shan
Qing Cheng Shan is a famous Daoist mountain in Sichuan province. Many famous Daoists have cultivated at Qing Cheng Shan. Zhang Dao Ling, the founder of religious Daoism, spent many years on the mountain before moving to Long Hu Shan. Wang Chong Yang, the founder of Northern Daoism (Quan Zhen) established the monastery in 1200 A.D. and remained as the resident Abbot until his death. Also, the Immortal, Lu Dong Bin, achieved the “Dao” and became an Immortal while meditating in the Immortal’s Cave at Qing Cheng Shan.
Known for its lush green environment, the mountain exudes a profound sense of yin. If you open yourself to the mountain, you may forever be changed. People have said training at Qing Cheng Shan is a “journey of the heart”.
This event is being organized and sponsored by:
• The China Daoist Association
• The Mount Qingcheng Daoist Association
• The United States Daoist Association
These organizations are all helping to offset the costs so that many international Daoists can attend. Sponsors will be covering the cost of accommodations, food and domestic travel within China. Attendees will only be required to pay a $450 registration fee to attend.
Journey into Daoism April 2018
You may fax, email or mail the Registration form to:
Temple of Peace and Virtue
PO Box 1435
Palm Desert, CA 92261
Fax (800) 848-0649 or (760) 228-9474
It is recommended that you fax or email your application.
If you mail your registration form in, you MUST also email our office to notify our administrative staff that we need to look for your application. Please use Contact Button at the bottom of the page for this.
Fees & Deadlines
Double Occupancy: $5050 US Dollars
Single Occupancy: $5850 US Dollars
Deposit: By February 16th, a nonrefundable deposit of $1000 is required to guarantee your place.
Balance: Due NO LATER THAN March 6th.
Cost does not
include international travel or tourist visa to China.The hotels are double occupancy unless single room supplement is purchased.
If you would like to share a room with a friend or acquaintance that will be on the trip, please make the note on the registration form. Otherwise, we will attempt to pair you with another traveler. If we cannot pair you with someone else, you will be required to pay the single room rate
Tour may be tax deductible, ask your accountant.
What you need to do:
- Send us your Registration Form and $1000 nonrefundable deposit by February 16th.
- Purchase your international ticket (see Transportation below for information)
- Get a passport
- SIGN your passport. You will not be allowed to use it if you do not.
- Get a Tourist visa to China (China now offers 10-year Visas for the same price as 1-year Visas for US Citizens.)
- To get a VISA you will need copies of your Passport, proof of airline ticket, and hotel reservations.
- Once we receive your Registration, we will send you hotel information to use for this purpose.
- To get your VISA, take the following to a Chinese Consulate or send to an online service:
- Send us your flight information as soon as you have booked tickets (Fax or email)
- Send us a copy of the image page of your passport (Fax or email)
- All intra-China transportation
- All accommodations in China
- All meals (3 meals per day), excluding lunches while in Beijing on personal time.
- All tips for teachers, guides, and drivers
- All training costs
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What's Not Covered
- Airfare to and from San Francisco
- International Airfare from San Francisco to Beijing
- Visa to China ($130 if you go to a Consulate or about $170 if you use an on-line service)
Personal expenses in China. For example: Hotel amenities, mini bar, room service, laundry service, and telephone/fax usage.
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Excess luggage weight charges by airline (50 lbs. maximum weight per checked luggage). You are allowed two (2) checked pieces of luggage, one (1) carry-on, and a personal (purse, laptop).
- On flights in China, you are allowed two (2) checked pieces of luggage (50 lbs maximum, not per bag), one (1) carry-on, and a personal item (purse, laptop, small backpack).
- Extra mealtime alcoholic beverages not included in planned meals
- Lunches while in Beijing on personal days.
- Medical expenses
All travelers must hold a valid passport whose expiration is at least six months after the end of the trip. Your passport must be signed.
Visa applications fees to China are NOT included in the cost of the trip. You must get your own VISA
Travelers are responsible for their own international travel expenses. It is STRONGLY recommended that everyone take the same international flight.
Recommended arrival flight to Beijing:
United Airlines UA 888 from San Francisco,
Leaves SFO 4/6/18 10:45 am
Arrives PEK 4/7/18 2:20pm
If you are on another flight, you must be in Beijing International Airport by 15:00 (3:00pm)* on April 7th.
Recommended departure flight from Beijing:
United Airlines UA 889
Leaves Beijing PEK 4/22/18 4:10pm
Arrives San Francisco 1:10 pm
On flights in China, you are allowed two (2) checked pieces of luggage (20kgs / 44lbs maximum, not per bag), one (1) carry-on, and a personal item (purse, laptop, small backpack).
However, please try to limit your checked luggage to one. We recommend traveling as light as possible. Many travelers will bring one checked luggage and bring have a large duffle bag for the return flight to carry dirty clothes and other non-breakable things, while using there suitcase for fragile items purchased in China. See Packing List (PDF, 43 Kb) for helpful ideas on what to pack. Keep suitcases unlocked at airports to facilitate inspections.
This trip is not overly strenuous. Although there will be a moderate amount of walking and physical demands, how much hiking you do is your choice once we arrive at Qing Cheng Shan.
It is strongly recommended that trip cancellation insurance be purchased to protect you against losses due to accidents and/or illness. Check with your insurance agent regarding coverage you may presently have via other insurance policies that may cover illness during your trip.
Exchange rate is approximately 6.00 RMB to $1 USD. Cash (or travelers checks) and a credit card are recommended. Also, many stores do not take credit cards; you can use them at bank to withdraw cash (with PIN).
Dress in layers, it may be hot and is often rainy at Qing Chen. Check online for up-to-date weather reports.
China is 15 hours ahead of us.