Creative Living Tao - 3 part online course

Creative Living Tao - 3 part online course

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 19:00 to Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 20:30
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Master Chungliang Al Huang is the founder and director of the International Living Tao Foundation

Master Chungliang Al Huang, founder and director of the International Living Tao Foundation and Lan Ting Institute, will present a 3-session overview of “Creative Living Tao” practice for lifetime, beginner-mind learners of all ages and experience levels.

Master Huang’s approach is based on his lifelong philosophy from a synthesis of the “Three Pillars of Asian Wisdom: Taoism-Buddhism-Confucianism”; his unique re-invention of the classic Tai Ji movement meditation from his early training in China, combined with his subsequent immersion in Western philosophy and cultural arts. From this East/West synthesis he has developed a joyful daily practice easily applicable to Every Day Living. 

The course will include movement practice of the Living Tao forms, and discussion of Living Tao philosophy.


Session ONE - April 13th:

Exploration of the fundamental Tao philosophy of Jing (Essence) 精, Qi/Chi 氣and Shen (Spirit) 神; Practicing Essential Tai Ji Movement Ritual陰陽 balancing oppositional pairs on Three Levels 天人地 of Dantian 丹田; and Qi Gong氣功 Energy Flow.

Session TWO - April 20th:

Continued exploration of Essentials from Session One with Emphasis on practice of Wu Xing五行 Five Moving Forces Form; introduction to the fundamental Tao philosophy of Lao Tzu, Tao De Jing 老子道德經 and I Ching 易經—Eight Trigrams 八掛。Initial exploration of Living Tao Tai Ji moving Circles practice.

Session THREE - April 27th:

Building on the exploration of Essentials from prior Sessions:  Qi movement circulation, an introduction of Kinetic Chinese Symbols movement practice; introduction to “Body Poetry: East and West”; Tao and Zen classics: Ten Oxherding Pictures 十牛圖, and Trust in Mind 信心銘 。 Expansion of Living Tao Tai Ji moving Circles practice.


About the speaker, Chungliang Al Huang

Chungliang Al Huang is the founder of the Living Tao Foundation and has been teaching worldwide for over 60 years.

Born in China, was immersed in the traditional study of tai ji, kung fu, brush calligraphy, and classic Chinese scholarly arts from a young age. In 1949, his family fled mainland China for Taiwan where he continued his studies, later to the United States in 1955 to study architecture, cultural anthropology and dance.  

His intuitive knowledge of the ancient wisdom and rich traditions of his native China led to early collaborations with philosophers and scholars such as Joseph Needham, Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, John Blofeld, Gregory Bateson, and Huston Smith. He is now the director of the International Lan Ting Institute with its Chinese base in the sacred Wu Yi Mountain, an UNESCO World Triple heritage Site rich with historic, religious, and cultural arts traditions.

From the renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, to the world’s major capitals, Huang shares the stage with luminaries such as the Dalai Lama and primatologist Jane Goodall. He was featured in the 1988 inaugural segment of the PBS series A World of Ideas, moderated by Bill Moyers.  

Huang is author of many best-selling books including the classic Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain, which has been translated into 17 languages and is now in its 47th year of publication. Other popular titles include Essential Tai Ji, Quantum Soup, and The Chinese Book of Animal Powers,
He is co-author of Tao: The Watercourse Way with Alan Watts and a series of books with Dr Jerry Lynch on sports/body/mind training including the best selling Thinking Body, Dancing Mind.

"Chungliang—my charismatic, inspiring, and shining Chinese ‘brother’, you introduced me to an enchanted world of movement and light…a harmony of body, mind and spirit. You fill me with the love of life, bring laughter inextricably intertwined with beauty and joy.  So many times when I am weary I have been restored by the Qi energy you send and by your Tarzan love call!”
Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace



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