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Temple of Peace and Virtue

An De Fu Shen Gong


Updated Training Structure

Please note that we have moved all Daoist trainings to the new Temple site in Tennessee.

All initiates must 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.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Shifu Shannon's assistant through the main office or via the Contact link.

Daoist Meditation Retreat

This year, we have decided not to take students to China for Daoist studies and meditation training.  (We are planning on offering two trips to China for 2020.) This year, instead, we will be hosting a 10 day meditation retreat at our new facility. 

This 10-day meditation retreat will be held at our new training facility, located outside of Nashville, TN.   The property consists of 369 beautiful and secluded acres that allow for direct contact with all the elemental forces.  

This retreat is open to disciples of the Temple of Peace and Virtue and students (current or previous) of the ICMQ and IMCQ. Extended students (students of our students) are also invited.  Other participants may be allowed with permission.

Daily practice 9am-12pm, 2-5pm, and 7-8pm.

Practices will utilize many natural features of the property, and will include:

  • Periods of sitting, standing, dynamic, and walking meditation;
  • Meditation sessions of guided imagery, one-point, contemplative, and oneness (Profound Meditation);
  • Practice sessions in the training hall, at specific parts of the property, and in the 3.9-mile deep cave;
  • Periods of extended silences;
  • Focused discussions and teachings on selected topics: Enter the Heart; Walk into your Fears; Releasing Perceptual Constraints, and selections from Daoist classics.

Why attend?

Our normal trainings range from 4 – 5 days.  Most participants will attest it takes 2 – 3 days to relax into the space and receive openly. This is in part because of travel, but mostly due to the pace and level of overwhelm of our lives.

“Take a step backward and turn the light inward.”

- a 13th century Sage  

Retreat practice provides the opportunity for you to restore your energies, have time to rest and to let go of the day-to-day mundane responsibilities and focus on your own inner development and spiritual growth. You can nurture yourself, restore a sense of balance and well-being, and open up to nature.

The goal of this meditation retreat is for one to find silence. As our minds begin to still, the veil of illusion begins to lift and reveal a greater horizon. For, it is only in silence that truth can be found.

Outward silence shines a light on the parts of your inner life you don’t usually experience, teaching you to acknowledge and process even your most uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.

This practice of observing your inner landscape can teach greater stress tolerance and emotional balance that lasts long after the retreat is over.

True silence is a deeply personal experience that’s different for everybody; the truth is, there’s no way to know exactly what will happen once you’re alone with yourself.

To study the Way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to perceive one-self in all beings, to be enlightened by all things.
To be enlightened by all things is to remove the barriers between oneself and others.

- Dōgen

Event Properties

Event Date 09-21-2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 09-30-2019 8:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 14
Individual Price $500.00
Location Temple of Peace and Virtue
We are no longer accepting registration for this event