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Qigong and Meditation Retreat

with Dr. Eva Wong

September 22 - 27

Meditation is an integral part of Daoist practice. The dual cultivation of body and consciousness form the core of Xiantianwujimen Daoism. Internal alchemy, the cultivation of the physical and energetic body, builds the foundation of the cultivation of consciousness. Meditation, the cultivation of the limitless nature of consciousness, provides a vessel that is optimal and safe for the alchemical transmutation of life energy, or qi.

In Daoist teachings, it is said that qi feeds whatever arises in consciousness. What arises - be it anger, kindness, fear, envy, generosity, and even wisdom - are all intensified by qi. It is therefore important for us not just to cultivate qi, but to be aware of what is arising in our consciousness every moment. Meditation is the technique that can help us become aware of what arises, understand how thoughts and feelings emerge, and show us how to protect qi from being drained by destructive attitudes and emotions.

Since thoughts and emotions can arise in diverse circumstances and in different degrees of solidity, the Daoist spiritual traditions have developed many methods of meditation to engage them. Meeting negative arisings in our consciousness is like going into battle. We need to be strategic in applying the correct form of meditation in the face of different adversaries. In Xiantianwujimen Daoism, meditation is like an art of war. We use strategies and tactics to explore thoughts and feelings, assess their strengths and weakness, and engage them effectively. We forge allies with wisdom and compassion, kindness and generosity, courage and fortitude, so that we can be victorious over destructive thoughts and emotions.

This program will integrate streams of disciplines that define Xiantianwujimen practice - meditation, internal alchemy of qigong, and strategy and tactics. Using principles from Sunzi’s Art of War, we will approach meditation in a strategic way. Practitioners will be introduced to a number of meditation techniques from the Taoist traditions, and learn how to use them effectively and efficiently. The goal of this program is to train you to become strategic and intelligent meditators.

Note: During this program, interviews will be given to those who have completed all the program requirements for level 6 and who wish to be considered for acceptance into level 7.

Arrival & Departure

Please plan on arriving 3-6pm on September 22, 2019 to check-in and register. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:30pm. Departure is after 6pm on September 27, 2019.

Prerequisites:

Qigong Levels I - V required. No Qigong Intensives Required and no previous experience of any form of meditation required.


Pricing

Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

FULL PRICE: $1000
This is the actual price of the program.

DISCOUNT PRICE: $800
We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x-101 or x-103). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.


Teachers

About Dr. Eva Wong

Dr. Eva Wong is the author and translator of many books on the Daoist arts of health, meditation, and qigong. She is the 19th-generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Daoism and 3rd-generation student of Wang Xiangzhai, founder of the Yiquan martial arts and Zhangshuan (standing qigong). She is a practitioner of the Pre-Celestial Way and the Complete Reality Lineages.

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