Many thanks for your interest in this very special journey to sacred Mount Wudang and its the Taoist Treasure, Wudang Taoist internal alchemy study!
September 10, 2017
People arrive at Mt. Wudang by taking airplane or train or bus
September 10 & 11, 2017
Arrival in Mount Wudang
Arrival in Mt. Wudang, where you will be met for the one hour transfer by bus to Crows Ridge village (Nanyan), located high in the mountain. Check into your three-star hotel, which is close to the hall where we will meet for our daily Qigong, Taoist Daoyin, meditation and lectures. We have scheduled a half day arrival window to give you time to recover from jet lag, should you wish, before you begin the intensive course programme. There is also a small Blind Massage Practice in Nanyan, a great way to recuperate after a long journey, while for those of you who enjoy walking, there are a number of temples and paths to explore in the immediate vicinity.
The Wudang Mountain range (Wudang Shan), also known as Wu Tang Shan or simply Wudang, is a mountain range in the Hubei province of China, just to the south of the manufacturing city of Shiyan
In years past, the mountains of Wudang were known for the many Taoist monasteries to be found there, monasteries which became known as academic centres for the research, teaching and the practice of meditation, Chinese martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, Taoist agriculture and other related arts. As early as the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD), the mountain attracted the attention of the Emperor. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the first site of worship - the Five Dragon Temple - was constructed. More recently, the monasteries were emptied, damaged and then neglected during and after the Cultural Revolution of 1966–1976, but the Wudang mountains have lately become increasingly popular with tourists from China and abroad, due to their scenic location and historical interest. The monasteries and buildings were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The palaces and temples in Wudang, which were built as an organized complex during the Ming Dynasty (14th–17th centuries), contain Taoist buildings from as early as the 7th century, and represent the highest standards of Chinese art and architecture over a period of nearly 1,000 years. Noted temples include the Golden Hall, Nanyan Temple and the Purple Heaven Temple.
Wudang Taoist Internal Alchemy Course
Internal alchemy, like the more general alchemy from which it derived, focuses on transmuting energies and substances, or in other words, on the unification of the corporeal body, mind and intention. The practice focuses on restoring balance and elevating spiritual vitality. The goals of internal alchemy are enlightenment, improved health, longevity, and peacefulness. Practitioners often seek immortality or reunion with the pre-heaven to achieve the Oneness.
The daily schedule allows for 3 hours of lecture class and three 1.5 hour practice sessions which, by the end of the course, can increase to as much two hours each. This gives a daily study commitment of 7+ hours, covering Taoist alchemy practice, Taoist Daoyin, I-Ching, Tai Ch'i Chuan, Taoism and Buddhism theory.
Typical Daily Schedule
|Morning Practice||5:45 am - 7:00 am|
|Breakfast||7:30 am - 8:00 am|
|Lecture time||8:30 am–11:00 am|
|Noon Practice||11:30 am – 1:00 pm|
|Lunch||1:30 pm - 2:00 pm|
Three or four lecture also
arranged in afternoon
|2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
|Dinner||5:30 pm - 6:00 pm|
|Evening practice||8:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
Course Programme, September 11 -23, 2017
The course begins on September 10, 2017, at 7.30pm, and ends at lunchtime on September 24.
September 11 - 23, 2017
Our days begin with early morning meditation practice before the rising of the sun. This is followed by a traditional Chinese breakfast, then class covering the theory and philosophy of alchemy, Taoism, Buddhism and transmundane practice, which will also be explored through the writings of the Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu and Journey to the West. Our late morning practice session is followed by lunch. In the evening we meet again in our practice hall to continue our practical training in Taoist Internal Alchemy meditation
September 24, 2017
We will continue our Taoist internal alchemy practice in the early morning. After breakfast, there will be a final 2-3 hour lecture, which will provide the guidelines for the Whole Process of Internal Alchemy Practice. The lecture will finish before 11.00 am. You will have time to rest or hike, before taking the bus back down the mountain to Wudang town for Wudang Airport, or leaving Wudang by the train to Wuhan, Beijing or Shanghai for those who like to take their own routes.
September 24, 2017
We will provide bus and bring attendants to Wudang Shan Airport (WDS) for their return trip. at 10:04 pm. Please take attention here for booking return flight.
Golden Top Temple: During the course, there will be one day off, with only morning meditation class and evening class (or lecture class in the evening). This is to give you the opportunity to visit the striking Golden Top Temple, perched on the highest peak of Wudang Shan. We will go by bus across the mountain, cross several peaks by cable car, and spend time at the Golden Top Temple complex, enjoying the panorama, before returning on foot to Nanyan, using the old pilgrimage path and stairways to descend. Since this excursion is best enjoyed on a clear day, and is impossible if the mist descends, timing of the 'day off' will be kept flexible.
We will attend a special Taoist ceremony in one of the temples in Wudang.
Towards the end of the course, if possible, we will visit the well known Wudang Taoist Kungfu Academy to watch a performance of their spectacular Kungfu
Afternoon Free Time and Excursions
In the afternoons, you will have free time to rest or explore. There will be 4 or 5 organised outings, accompanied by an English speaking guide, which will include the special Purple Heaven Palace, Prince Slope Temple, Monkey Valley, Southern Grotto Cave, as well as several other very interesting places to visit nearby. And, no doubt, we will also manage to fit in a trip to the the local temple tea house to experience the exquisite teas of Mount Wudang.
May You Journey Forever with the Tao!