This Journey is not a typical tour. As the name implies it is a journey not only to China but into yourself. This will be a journey of self discovery, insight, and study.
I am going to once again lead a journey to China open to all (no previous Daoist or Qigong training required). This Journey will introduce Daoism, its sacred practices, and the Chinese culture.
Join us as we delve into this realm of mystery, mysticism, and alchemy.
Please be mindful of the deadlines.
We have been very tolerant in the past to our detriment.
We will begin our journey in Fujian Province on a famous Daoist Mountain. There, outside of Fuqing, we will visit Shizhu Mountain. Shizhu means “Stone Bamboo”, and is so named for the flourishing bamboos that grow amongst the scenic jagged rocks. The mountain rises 534 meters above the nearby sea. The area is famous for its scenic beauty, with precipitous peaks, queer crags, and deep caves amongst the verdant bamboo and pine forests. Among the scenic attractions of the area are the peaks of Purple Grinder, Lion, Elephant King, Zhuangyuan and Daughter of Dragon. Among the most famous caves are Purple Cloud Cave, Cave to the Heaven, Taoyuan Cave. Dongzhang Reservoir, with a vast expanse of blue water, lies at the foot of the mountain and the water reflects and counter balances the jagged beauty of the mountain and its rocks. .
Shizhu Temple is one of the attractions on Shizhu Mountain. Set on the cliff halfway up the southern range of the mountain, the Temple was built in 874 during the Tang Dynasty. It consists of a series of buildings, including the Nine Immortals Tower, the Jade Emperor Palace, Jialan Hall, Wenchang Pavilion, Temple of the Earth God, Guanyin Hall, and the Stone Buddha Palace. In the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220), the He brothers from Fuzhou practiced austerities here and later became immortals. Legend says that one who stays overnight in the temple’s Jiuxian (Nine Immortals) Tower will have a beautiful dream and have all his or her wishes realized. We will meet with Abbot Xie, the director of hte Fujian Daoist Association, and will have the opportunity to work and recieve training from one of their Priests.
From Fujian Province, we will travel to Sichuan province to stay at Qing Cheng Mountain.
We will stay at the base of Qing Cheng Shan where we will train daily with my root teacher Abbot Zhang Ming Xin. We will take several side trips while we are there. Many famous Daoists have cultivated at Qing Cheng Shan. Zhang Dao Ling, the founder of religious Daoism, spent many years on the mountain before moving to Long Hu Shan. Wang Chong Yang, the founder of Northern Daoism (Quan Zhen) established the monastery in 1200 A.D. and remained as the resident Abbot until his death. Also, the Immortal, Lu Dong Bin, achieved the “Dao” and became an Immortal while meditating in the Immortal’s Cave at Qing Cheng Shan.
Known for its lush green environment, the mountain exudes a profound sense of yin. If you open yourself to the mountain, you may forever be changed. People have said training at Qing Cheng Shan is a “journey of the heart”.
Dr. Bernard Shannon is an internationally recognized teacher of Daoist cultivation, alchemical and mystical practices; medical qigong therapy; and martial concepts. He has trained in martial, medical, and spiritual qigong for over twenty years.
Dr. Shannon began his studies of internal alchemy and mysticism in the late 1980s with one of his martial arts instructors who was a master the Profound schools of alchemy and mysticism. Since that time, he has had many teachers, and he regularly travels to China to continue his training in both Northern and Southern schools of Daoist alchemy and mysticism.
Bernard has been taken as a formal Disciple (Dizi) at Mao Shan with the Shang Qing Branch of Zheng-Yi Daoism, at LongHu Shan with the Tian Shi Branch of Zheng-Yi Daoism, and at Qing Cheng Shan with the Long Men Branch of Quan Zhen Daoism. In 2005, he was ordained as a Daoist Priest at the 900 year anniversary of the Tian Shi Fu (Celestial Master’s Mansion). In 2009 at his root Monestary at Qing Cheng Shan, he was bestowed the post and title of Abbot (Zhu Chi) of the Temple of Peace and Virtue (An De Fu Shen Gong).
Since 2001 he has been to China over a twenty times and has lead many trips studying Medical Qigong, Daoist alchemy, and Daoist mysticism.
Abbot Zhang Ming Xin Abbot Zhang Ming Xin (Bright Heart) has been practicing Daoism since the age of 15. She is a 20th generation Long Men Sect (Dragon’s Gate Sect) of the Quan Zhen Branch (Complete Reality) of Daoism; the Chief Master at Jian Fu Gong at Qing Cheng Mountain; the Director of the Cheng Du (city) Daoist Association; the Director of the Si Chuan (provincial) Daoist Association; and the Deputy Directory of the China Daoist Association. Her knowledge, compassion, and willingness to share have made Abbot Zhang a sought after resource for Daoist thought, alchemy, and mystical training. I am honored to call her one of my teachers.