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Taoist Meditation Circle Group

The Circle guides you with practice sessions building core meditation skills such as concentration, focus and awareness training.Taoist Meditation isn't well known in the West. Most of the books related to Taoism, such as the I Ching and Tao Te Ching, are known more for their philosophy rather than teaching Taoist meditation techniques. Unlike the Buddhist, Zen, or Indian meditation; Taoist meditation has never been mainstream. That being said, the Taoist meditation tradition has been alive for thousands of years in monestaries in Western China and is one of the deepest spiritual systems on the planet.

I was lucky enough to learn from someone with remarkable knowledge; my teacher Taoist Sage Liu Hung Chieh. When I asked him why he didn't teach meditation he responsed that there were very few who wanted to learn. I feel this is changing in the West as more and more people are turning to meditation for stress relief, peace of mind and for spirituality. More are also resonating with Taoist values of balance, peace and connection to nature.

What is the Taoist Meditation Circle?

The Taoist Meditation Circle is for those who already understand the importance of meditation and would like guidance in doing a practice. It is an online group to learn the preliminary practices required to be successful with any meditation system, but mainly my focus will be to teach you the techniques within Taoist meditation.

Every month you will receive meditation practice sessions. You have the option of either listening to them on your computer or downloading them onto your MP3 player. You will ideally want to practice each meditation for a two-week period. The Promise of this Circle is to provide you with:

  • A solid meditation foundation for looking inside yourself
  • Monthly meditation exercises and practices
  • A private online meditation community where you can ask questions and share experiences

My teachings over the last 20+ years have primarily focused on the preparatory practices such as tai chi and qigong, as these practices are important to stabalize the body. As this phase of my teachings is coming to completion, I'll now be offering and integrating meditation topics into everything I teach.

The Taoist Meditation Circle is also a preparatory program for those who eventually want to teach meditation. Energy Arts is planning on offering an in-depth (3-4 weeks) Taoist meditation training in 2012 for those who are interested.

For beginners or advanced meditators?

The Taoist Meditation Circle is for those who want to start, or continue, your meditation practice on a regular basis. The Circle will start with basic material to make sure you have all the core meditation skills required. This means you have no gaps in your concentration, intention, or focus. It will mean you develop the ability to meditate for longer periods of time while still maintaining a high level of awareness. If you have ever meditated before you probably know that this is easier said than done. The Circle is thus perfect for the beginner meditators.

If you are an intermediate or advanced meditator doing these basic practices again will be important to locate and fill in any gaps that you may have. I have no way of knowing what training you already have and where gaps may exist. For seasoned meditators, the task will be to sit for longer periods of time, and I will be giving deepers layers of instruction.

Why Meditate?

To follow the path of meditation you should have a desire to know yourself at a deep level. You will also want to seek the direct experience going beyond mental ideas. Meditation is also something you should want to practice everyday not something you force yourself to do. If you are forcing yourself to meditate then you are not ready for the path. Make no mistake, Taoist meditation (or meditation of any kind), when done correctly requires all of your Being. You will be looking inside yourself to see what is there. It often brings up your inner demons to the surface and you must face what is inside yourself.

  • Will you be able to do your practice each day regardless of what comes up?
  • What will you do when it becomes boring?
  • How will you handle distractions?

The Taoist Meditation Circle will help you develop a consistent rhythm so you have the best conditions for meditation. You will also have access to an online forum providing a good place to turn if you get stuck anywhere along the path. Real meditation takes both courage and dedication.

Requirements and Warnings

  • You should be willing to practice mediation for 20 minutes each day or at the minimum at least 3 times per week.
  • You agree to be respectful and follow the rules of Taoist Meditaiton Cirlce Member forum. We encourage you to post questions and participate in this forum each month to contribute to the meditation community. Often what you are going through can help others.
  • If you have psychological, emotional, or mental issues you should seek the help of qualified medical professional and not sign-up for this program. This program is not intended as treatment. It is not medical advice, nor can any counseling be given, on the forum or through email. Before you start this program or any other programs from Energy Arts you should seek advice from your medical professional.
  • I'm from New York. You should understand that my teaching style is often very direct - sometimes I even use explicit language which may offend you. This teaching style often goes against what people 'expect' from a meditation teacher. Sometimes this offends what in the West is called the Ego. If this teaching style is not for you then I strongly encourage you to find another teacher that better matches your needs.

This is really going to be a lot of fun or at the least an adventure. I think many of you are going to really love the material in the Circle.

Taoist Meditation Circle Online Group

Taoist Meditation Circle Online Group

The Taoist Meditation Circle is Bruce's online meditation group offering techniques and guided practice sessions. It will help you build core meditation skills such as; concentration, focus, and awareness training. This is a foundation program and leads to the more advanced Taoist meditation practices such as Inner Dissolving. As a Circle member you'll have access to a private meditation forum and downloadable content.Read more...