What is meditation?

Meditation covers a wide range of techniques that have been developed over the centuries for personal development.  The form of meditation that Mr. Moy taught comes from the Three Teachings tradition from China.  This tradition draws on the knowledge of Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist teachings.  This form is tightly coupled with Taoist theories of internal alchemy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Do I need to know the Tai Chi set?

The Introduction to Meditation course is the starting point to learn Taoist meditation.  It is highly recommended that one completes the Introduction to Tai Chi course prior to starting to learn the meditation techniques.  The Tai Chi set is an excellent way to open the body so that the energy can circulate freely in the body.  Tai Chi can help strengthen the body so that the meditation postures are not too uncomfortable.  The best way to become aware of upcoming courses is to subscribe to the London Branch newsletter – The Plum Blossom News.

Introduction to Meditation Course

The meditation practice comes through the instruction passed to us by Mr. Moy Lin-shin and Mr. Mui Ming-to, with a focus on Quiet Cultivation.  Participants will be given instruction on: Standing Meditation (Standing like a post – Zhan Zhuang); Walking Meditation (Jing Xing); Quiet Sitting (Sitting in silence – Jing Zuo); Sleeping Meditation; and Moving Meditation (Movement in stillness with Tai Chi).  Each type of meditation has various postures that will be taught.

Fall 2018 Meditation and Chanting

An Introduction to Meditation and Chanting course is being offered in London on Sundays from 10 AM to 1 PM.  The first class is on September 9 at Spencer Lodge – Scouts Canada, 531 Windermere Road.  Click to download the class information.

Getting More Information

The best source of information about Meditation is your instructor.  If they don’t have an answer they will know whom to ask.  This website has some additional resources that can provide some background information.  General information can be found in the About section.  We have collected answers to commonly asked questions under the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.  If you have a specific question, please contact us using any of the channels on the Contact page.

Taoist Meditation

Meditation, as taught by Mr. Moy, involves working the physiology at the same time as working the mind.  For example, the standing practice helps to strengthen the bones  and the skeleton alignment (stacking the bones); as well as working on the concept of “letting go” to learn to relax.  In the early stages of meditation the mind is busy and a distraction to relaxation.  This is what is called having a Monkey Mind – always making noise.  With practice the mind becomes quieter.  Meditation practice is always changing as the body changes. The corresponding change in circulation results in changes to the heart and to the mind.  Likewise, the heart and mind change with meditation practice resulting in changes to one’s physiology.

Meditation for Daily Living

Ultimately the goal is to make meditation and other practices a part of daily living. Mr. Moy called this doing Tai Chi everyday while sleeping, moving, standing & sitting.  This is the practice of Quiet Cultivation which is learning to empty the mind and having the circulation move without turbulence or blockage.  The techniques Mr. Moy taught include: Quiet Sitting / Sitting in silence – Jing Zuo (靜坐), Tai Chi – Movement in stillness, Standing Meditation / Standing like a post – Zhan Zhuang (站桩) and Walking Meditation – Jing Xing (経行).  The sleeping meditation originates from Chen Hsi I (Chen Tuan a Taoist Sage).  The standing meditation is from the Southern Yi Quan (Martial tradition) through Sun Dit and Leung Tzu Pang.  The sitting meditation is from the Confucian and Buddhist temple practices through Sun Yip and Si Juen.  The walking meditation practice is from the temple practices and from ancient shamanistic circle walking through Yeung Luk (Beggar Sect).

Taming Desires

Meditation is a tool that can be used to restore the body and spirit, in order to support the transformation of the physiology using Taoist internal alchemical techniques.  These techniques which work on the circulation of internal energy are generally called Chi Kung exercises.  The foundation of any transformation is the heart – taming the heart is the most difficult.

Meditation clears the mind and relieves tension in the mind and body to allow proper circulation of internal energy. Meditation also helps one to “Return to the Origin”, to a state of health like that of a newborn child.  Meditation restores the calmness and peace of mind which is lost through the desires and anxieties of daily life.  According to Mr. Mui Ming-to:

“When we are born we are pure and kind.  As we grow up we change such that our purity becomes muddy.  When we
do meditation, we are trying to contain our desires.  Through meditation we can control and tame our desires
so that we can go back to the essence of life.”

Taoist Arts

Meditation may be practiced alone or in conjunction with other Taoist arts such as Tai Chi, Lok Hup Ba Fa and weapon sets as well as with temple activities like chanting, and scripture study.  The moving forms provide a foundation for strengthening the spine and tendons as well as opening the joints so the sitting postures can be maintained with less difficulty.  The more natural the sitting posture becomes, the greater an effect the meditation can have on changing mind and body from the imperfect state to the perfect state.