Daoist Meditation Guide

Daoist Meditation Guide

When starting with meditation, most people tend to talk about very complicated techniques. In meditation, the practice is in the foreground, so complicated techniques are not what people should be concerned about.

In Daoist meditation, you focus on natural breathing – nothing else – while you stand in an upright posture. The hip and lower back should be relaxed so that the body can be straight with a slight pressure forward. This way, you ensure your upright posture without using additional tension in your back. Once set up straight, the flow of breath should naturally come and circulate through the body. Daoists want a long breath; the longer the breath is circulating in the lungs, the better and more effective it is.

The eyes should be half-closed, so you don’t fall to sleep by accident. The half-closed eyes are a significant indicator of true Daoist meditation. It means you are nowhere and not flowing somewhere through space with your mind. The Daoist practice is about the here and now and yourself – meditation is about what is inside, not about what the cosmos is outside.

It is often confused with esoteric practices; Daoist meditation takes quite a lot of effort to get used to and be relaxed with it. Nothing is effortless in the beginning, and no energy will come to you in mystical ways.

Why Daoists meditate

Once the physical body is trained properly, the energy has to be focused through the meditation practice. Physical training is about energy capacity, while meditation training – also called Wuji training, is about the void – the focus of there. From Wuji, the emptiness, one can emerge, and if one then two and so on – you know the Daodejing chapter. It basically is true that from Wuji, everything can emerge – your purpose in life and your understanding of Yin and Yang – which will further develop your internal martial arts. It is a practice for the strong, for the experienced students that look for defining their skills.

Meditation with Master Ziji

Meditation should never be shorter than 15 minutes but can be as long as you like after this time limit. Here is a video of Master Ziji meditating, which you can use as a reference:

Daoism – Old vs New Methods

Daoism – Old vs New Methods

I experienced that many westerns think different about Daoism or have a different idea of what Daoism should be. Here I want to address some of the common misunderstandings westerners mostly have about Daoism.

The Long Path of Masters Acceptance

It was common during the old times that a future apprentice has to prove himself first. The personality of the potential student was checked during this time and if he accomplished this lifestyle over three to twelve years – depending on the master – he was generally accepted as a student. The general idea was: What are twelve years compared to the treasure you can use during your whole life? The Chinese understanding was that experience had to earned and carefully chosen.

Let’s talk about the hurdles:

For testing the tolerance of the student it was common practice that the master would tell the student to clean this clothing and every time the student returned with the clean clothes he was deliberately dragging it through the mud again. Depending on how quickly the student would return with new clean clothing, knowingly that he would have to clean them again, was carefully perceived by the master and judged his ability to be diligent and tolerant – the foundation for students of the internal arts.

When a potential student could not find quietness, he was usually locked in a dark cellar with no light. An older Gong Fu brother would bring food and water frequently. The potential student was only released when he became totally quiet, which usually happened after 3 to 5 days, sometimes maybe longer. When people have no perception of the day and night cycle and find themselves in a closed environment which never changes, it is possible for the student to find total peace after going through his own problems. If a student could not accept his situation, he usually became crazy and then he would be thrown out of the school, never being able to join the school again.

The master would often beat his students till they could accept his teachings, the punishment was very strict and immediately executed. It was common that the master would attack his student psychologically to see how much they could endure.

How students became independent

The students were carefully chosen because they were the assurance of the Master, who took care of his daily tasks. It was customary to follow Master for many years until the Master gave the disciple permission to build his own life. Normally, the Master took care of the disciple in every possible way, facilitating his path in the direction he could see that his life would develop.

Differences Today

Today the master is often perceived to be some kind of entertainer who should try to give comfort to his student. It is the complete opposite – potential students should appeal to the master – not the other way around. A good master never appeals to his students, he is very strict and takes care of their future without the student realizing.

Top 6 Rules for a Traditional Wudang School

Top 6 Rules for a Traditional Wudang School

Traditional schools build character and improve the individual. It is the tradition which keeps everybody oriented and on the right path.

Master Ziji explains:

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Here is the Link to the Yuan Xiu Gang seminar!

Many common things in a western society build upon seeking acceptance and assurance from one another. In the Daoist philosophy we solve this ourselves and inspire people to do the same, it is the power that is each of us given once we focus our energy.

The Training Path of the Daoists

The Training Path of the Daoists

Physical training is the first step in confronting your own conflicts.

The Way of Great Harmony

Whoever puts the effort out of his situation and gives up his comfort, focuses his perception step by step back to the source of all conflicts. Stress, relaxation, and actions that are directly related to our environment occur unconsciously and uncontrollably. Recognizing the origin through experience gives us the true solution of the great whole – the path of harmony.