Free and Easy Wandering: A Journey through Chinese Meditation:
6 modular but connected workshops designed to help students harmonize with themselves, nature and the universe.
Over the centuries the Chinese have developed their own meditation techniques and adapted those of India, Tibet and elsewhere. These workshops will explore the Buddhist and Taoist Meditation traditions through six very different but effective techniques for expanding awareness. Special emphasis will be given to the Taoist Water Method of Lao Tzu, a unique meditation tradition with a gentle approach that has many applications to daily life.
Friday: June 22nd
7:00 to 9:30 pm
Many spiritual traditions recommend being present and living in the moment. Long believed to promote feelings of well-being, being present helps people slow down and recognize the wonder in every day. The Insight Meditations in this workshop offer breathing, movement and awareness techniques to help students gain self-knowledge, and unite body, mind, heart and soul. Being Present is an excellent introduction to Buddhist and Taoist meditation and will be useful to all those who wish to increase their consciousness and awakened to the universal in everyday life.
Saturday: June 23rd
Noon to 2:30 pm.
Some of the oldest Buddhist meditations on mindfulness of the body vanished from India but were preserved in Southeast Asia. In this version of the White Bone Meditation from the Theravada tradition students learn to visualize their skeleton and then their chakras (energy centers) in order to connect with the energy of the universe. With its use of visualization and its power to help students cut through attachments to a calm, clear awareness, the Chakra Balance Meditation is an excellent introduction to the central Buddhist tradition of meditation.
Gathering Essence Qigong
Saturday: June 23rd
3:30 to 6:00 pm.
Gathering Essence Qigong (chi kung) is a one-movement exercise that cultivates and circulates chi - life essence - throughout the body for health, strength and balance. This smoothly flowing exercise strengthens the muscles, stretches the ligaments, tones the internal organs and energizes and relaxes the body and mind. It takes just a few minutes to perform and is a great addition to your daily routine. An excellent preliminary to any meditation practice, Gathering Essence Qigong can be helpful to all those who wish to feel and healthier, more balanced and stronger.
The Gentle Rain
Sunday: June 24th
Noon to 2:30 pm.
Taoist Inner Dissolving (often called The Gentle Rain) is the central practice in the Water Tradition. As water wears away rock, Inner Dissolving enables us to wear away obstacles to our spiritual growth leading us gently inward to our being and helping us to fully live our lives. It is extremely effective while also gentle. The meditations taught in this workshop will help us to become aware of our hidden motivations and enable us to change or eliminate those that we no longer find useful. The Gentle Rain will be helpful for all those who wish to develop peaceful, relaxed, energy and feel more at one with the universe around them.
Cosmic Resonance Meditation
Saturday - June 24th
3:30 to 6:00 pm
Taoism preserved and developed the native meditation traditions of China, Tibet and elsewhere. In this meditation from the Water Tradition of Lao Tzu, students learn to feel and transform the energies of their mind and body, so they may resonate with the energies of their inmost selves, of nature and the universe around them. Cosmic Resonance provides a tangibl connection to a profound but little known tradition of Taoist meditation.
The Jump to Emptiness
Monday Night - June 25th
7:00 to 9:30 pm.
Emptiness is the source of all being. In Emptiness there is clarity, inner stillness and a central place that is permanent and stable. The goal of many spiritual traditions, the peaceful quiet mind - empty - yet filled with awareness, is the perfect vehicle for increasing mindfulness and cosmic realization. In this workshop traditional Taoist techniques will help students relax, release energy blocks, and convert emotional energy to spirit and emptiness. Open to all, 'The Jump to Emptiness' will be useful to everyone who wishes to relax into an expanded consciousness and a new level of inner harmony and joy.
Free and Easy Wandering is open to students of all traditions and all levels of experience.
Students are welcome to attend all 4 days of workshops or any combination of the above.
Personalize these courses to fit your schedule.
Come for 1-2-3 or 4 days.
Classes are modular and combine well with each other for maximum benefit.
So take all the courses of just the ones you desire.
Free and Easy Wandering will leave you feeling more calm, peaceful and awakened to the universal in daily life.
FOR INFORMATION CALL 212-477-7055.
Free and Easy Wandering will be complemented by instruction in Water-method Chi Kung (qigong). Water-method Chi Kung gently dissolves energy blockages while strengthening the body, mind and spirit, thus avoiding the potential harm that may result from more forceful practices. All Water Method practices are designed to harmonize individuals with themselves, their environment and the universe around them.
Instructor Susan Rabinowitz, Director of the Taoist Arts Center, has more than thirty years experience in the internal arts of Meditation, Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung. Susan has studied meditation with several outstanding teachers, including Master B.P. Chan, Ping Cheng and Taoist Master Bruce Kumar Frantzis, a lineage master in the Taoist Meditation tradition of Lao Tzu.
Instruction is provided at the Taoist Arts Center in New York City.
Location: The Taoist Arts Center
342 East 9th Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave)
New York City, New York 10003