DAOIST TRAINING SYLLABUS
This course will be taught by Lao Shi L.Ac, MAOM, Daoist Abbot and 21st Generation Longmen (Dragon Gate) Daoist Priest.
Assignment 1- Introduction to Daoism
-This is a broad overview of the whole training and map of what will be covered. This will be the starting point for your journey through the Dragon's Gate.
Assignment 2- The Southern Orthodox Unity Sect of Daoism (Zhengyi)
-This lesson will explain how Daoism even became organized in the first place and how the different sects Tian Shi (Heavenly Masters), Shang Qing (Highest Clarity), and Ling Bao (Numinous Treasure) came to be and what each one is known for. You will practice inner cultivations for all of them, meditations, sitting and visualizing, and the use of talismans, incantations, and other celestial personal cultivations as your daily practice to report on.
Assignment 3- The Northern Complete Reality Sect of Daoism (Quanzhen)
-This lesson will explain why Ancestor Wang Zhe chose to create an amalgam of Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism and what it means to be a member of the different sub sects of this school. Most people know of the Longmen (Dragon Gate sect) but it will also cover the Chun Yang (Pure Yang sect) and the Zhen Wu (True Warrior sect). There will be meditations, observation of days of silence, and also tea ceremonies to learn and practice.
Assignment 4- The 5 Schools of Daoism
-This will be an overview of what the five schools are, how they work in combination with the others, and what each one has to offer.
Assignment 5- The Philosophical School
- This will go into the teachings and philosophy of Lao Tzu, Zhuangzi, Lu Dong Bin, and a few of the other prolific writers of Daoism along with assignments to practice and meditations to go with it.
Assignment 6- The Physical School
- This assignment goes into the twin schools of Physical practices which are Martial Arts and Daoist Medicine and explains how they are the double edges of the same Jian (straight sword). There will be practices given and studies that you will experiment with, so as to help you see that the Creation (Xiang Seng) and Destruction (Xiang Ke) cycles are really one constant process.
Assignment 7- The Hygiene/Yogic School
-This lesson goes into the Dao Yin (guiding and stretching), Qigong, Neigong (inner cultivation), and Neidan (inner alchemy) of Daoism and the different methods of completing the mating of Fire and Water (Kan & Li) to create the alchemical elixir.
Assignment 8- The Mystical School
- This lesson is all about the part of Daoism that deals with states of consciousness and interactions with powers and principles that are not common to ordinary states of perception. It takes the student through various practices, ritual processes and exercises to see if the student can connect on levels that most people do not even know exist.
Assignment 9- The Peng Lei (herbal) School
- This lesson is very much for those people who feel connected to the earth and the different species of plants, minerals, and animals that make up the Daoist herbal pharmacy. The student will learn the means to understand the different categories of herbs and how each herb/formula works to promote health, longevity, and assist in the reuniting of Man and Dao.
Assignment 10- Daoist Meditations and Inner Cultivation
- This will be a more in-depth and comprehensive look at the various practices from Cha Dao (Tea Dao) to Neigong (inner cultivation) to all of the various practices that lead to the fusion of the Internal Spirits (Po and Hun) and the creation of the energetic body as well as the Immortal body.
Assignment 11- Personal Retreats and Wandering
- This will be putting all that you have learned into a very customized lesson. All of your reports and feedback will determine how this will look, but it will be the creation of your own personal Daily practice as well as the initial structure of how you will approach your walk as an initiated Daoist Priest/Monk or Wandering Daoist. You will be actually codifying your own personal Dao as you will practice it for the second three year period after ordination.
Assignment 12- The Daoist Canon (Scriptures) and final preparations for Ordination
-This is where you will receive the morning and evening incantations (known as the Big 8) from the Dao Zhang (Daoist Canon). You will also be given morning and evening rites to practice and how to do this for the rest of the time you walk this life.
*Theories to be learned: Yin/Yang, 3 Treasures, 5 Elements, 6 Human Needs
Beginning Daily Practice-
- Static Yi Jin Jing (used to strengthen the body’s muscle and tendons)
- Filling the fascia and cavities with Qi
- 5 Element Seasonal Postures
- Ba Duan Jin (8 pieces of brocade- used to cultivate personal qi and capacity)
Laying the foundations-
- Yin and Yang theory
- The 3 Treasures
- The 5 elements
- The 6 needs of the "Highest Self" (Hun)
- Satori/Vipassana (Here & Now; No Mind)
- 1-10 + 3 invocations (for connecting to Heaven and Earth and inner landscape)
- Living within the 4 seasons
- Understanding how your health and quality of life are influenced by your thoughts
- Principles of Feng Shui (The 5 Elements in Mountains, Trees, People, etc.)
- Principles behind relationships
- How to see beyond the mundane into the world of Intention
- Understanding Inner Alchemy (Neidan; Used to restore Youth, Health, and Vigor)
Transforming Jing into Qi-
- Daoist Nutrition
- Daoist personal physical and internal and external hygiene
- Classical Chinese Medicine basic principals
- Mysticism, what it is and isn't
- Chinese herbs and their uses in personal practice
- Moving the water Qi from the kidneys to the brain using the cranial-sacral pump
- Combining the Mindset, Language, & Decision Making (the path that leads to success in all areas of life)
- Self Worth, Divine Will, Energizing your Body, Being Open to Abundance
- Losing Your Mind, Intuitive Knowledge, the Bridge of Emotions, Understanding your Fears
- Accepting your Yin and Yang Self, Understanding Sexuality, Living from your Heart-Mind, Service the World
- 7 Internal Pathogens (emotions that interfere with your health and spirit)
- Collecting Yang from the Sun (used to build the body’s function better)
- Collecting Yin from the Moon (used to restore the foundation of the body)
- Collecting Energy from the 5 Directions (used for principles of Feng Shui Qigong)
- Neigong (internal energy work)
Transforming Shen in Dao-
- Activating the three treasures with breath
- Collecting Energy from the Constellations
- Collecting Energy from the Planets
- Exchanging Energy with Plants, Mountains, Oceans, and Trees
- Kan & Li (fire and water meditation for living from the Spirit instead of the mind)
- Zuowang Meditation (used to eventually go beyond truth into Reality)
As you can see, this is a pretty broad cross section of Daoism, but what you will find in the end, is that all Paths are really the same with just the expression being different.
The final ordination ceremony will be done in accordance with the requirements of either the northern Quanzhen sect or the southern Zhengyi sect based upon the affinity and aptitude of the prospect.
Lao Shi's Official Lineage titles are:
21st Generation Longmen (Dragon Gate) Daoist Priest
65th Generation Zhengyi Priest (Dao Shi) under Monk Su Wen
6th Generation Zhengyi Ordained Disciple (Gui Yi Di Zi) under Abbot Tian Yuan
Please contact me if you want more information about the program.
My program is NOT for you if:
- You want someone that will heal you or transform your life for you.
- If you are looking for comfort, peace and a state of constant bliss but aren't prepared to face what is.
My program IS for you if:
- You're ready to expand your skills.
- You're willing to look at your fears, resentments, anger and inner terrors and go deep regardless of how uncomfortable the process may be.
- To throw away your assumptions about life, society, people, etc. and build new constructs for yourself and raise your expectations .
I won't make you a peaceful person, I will teach you the skills so you can CHOOSE peace (or anything else) regardless of what's out there.
If you want truth, there are a million books out there with truths, but if you want real, that's The Way and we can walk together.
About the Instructor:
Lao Shi, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM), MAOM, L.Ac Daoist Abbot & Priest
Lao Shi began his training in Chinese martial and medical arts and spirituality at a young age. Apprenticed to a Chinese master, he was classically trained in the Daoist/Chan Buddhist spiritual paths as well as martial arts, acupuncture, herbs, qigong, and more.
Lao has dedicated his life to the teaching of the Daoist arts of healing and training the body, spirit, and mind. Lao believes that training the mind and body, what the ancient Daoists called a Scholar Warrior, is one of the is the most sensible and effective way to approach common everyday life issues be they spiritual, mental, or physical.
He also believes that all conflict in our lives comes from when we resist simply what is. Lao teaches all over the world in seminars, workshops, and on spiritual journeys with his students on just about every continent.
Lao Da Long is a 21st Generation Longmen (Dragon Gate) Daoist Priest, a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Texas, a professional member of the International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA) as well as a Zheng Yi Daoist Priest.
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