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Contemplative Studies

Daoist Contemplative Practice

The Daoist Contemplative Practice workshop explores important Daoist contemplative practices. This workshop may be adapted to a more religiously committed audience or to a more "ecumenical" audience.

The standard format involves instruction on and direct experience with Daoist standing, walking and sitting meditation. It also includes a session on Daoist scripture study and contemplative reading. This format may be adapted to the particular interests of organizers and/or participants.

A typical Sunday workshop utilizes the following format:

  • 9:00am-10:30am: Daoist standing meditation and Yangsheng practice
  • 10:30am-12:00pm: Lecture or Daoist walking meditation
  • 12:00-1:30pm: Lunch break
  • 1:30-3:00pm: Scripture study and contemplative reading
  • 3:00-4:30pm: Daoist seated meditation and self-massage
  • 4:30-5:00pm: Concluding conversation