The Course in Taoism A-Z and Beyond

A Personalized, Customized, and Comprehensive Course in Essential Taoism

 

 

 

Learn to create a body, mind, spirit, soul, map for a joyous and balanced life through the 2,500-year-old teachings of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu

 

 

 

Taoism, or Daoism, is a philosophical tradition and spiritual path of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony with Tao (often translated as the Path, The Way, Natural Law, road, channel, path, doctrine, line) In Essential Taoism, Tao is spoken of  as the “the One, which is natural, spontaneous, eternal, nameless, and indescribable. It is at once the beginning of all things and the way in which all things pursue their course.” In many spiritual traditions, Tao has variously been denoted as the “flow of the universe”, a “conceptually necessary aspect for understanding the nature of being and concepts that directly relate to being, in particular becoming, existence, reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations.”, or a demonstration of nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tao is not only outside of us. It is also something that individuals can find immanent in themselves

If you are interested in living your best life, Essential Taoism can bring this to you. If you are seeking a life filled with love, wisdom, emotional balance, clarity of thought, and spiritual intention, this course can make the wisdom of the Tao te Ching more accessible to you than you ever imagined. This course is not an exploration of Chinese cultural and temporal references. Rather it is concerned with those universal concepts that have been offered by those in possession of profound wisdom through the centuries.

 

 

 

 

 

Tao is a fundamental idea in most Chinese philosophical schools; in Taoism, however, it denotes the principle that is the source, pattern, and substance of everything that exists. Our approach to Taoism, which we call Essential Taoism differs from other Eastern philosophies, and most other religious traditions by not emphasizing rigid rite, rituals, ceremonies, sacred texts, clergy, houses of worship, and social order. Essential Taoism is concerned with achieving our full potential by becoming one with the Tao.  The ethics of Essential Taoism tend to emphasize “naturalness”, simplicity, spontaneity, naturalness, detachment from desires, and most important of all, wu wei  (action without intention) and the Three Treasures: 慈 “compassion”, 儉 “frugality”, and 不敢為天下先 “humility”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The roots of Taoism go back at least to the 4th century BCE. However in recent years, traditional Chinese Taoism has become a formal religion, and in the West, it has become an umbrella term for spiritual materialism and superficial spirituality, pseudo esoterica, and metaphysics, that have little to do with the actual teaching of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, the most influential thinkers in Taoist thought.

 

 

 

 

 

Like the I Ching, by which it is greatly influenced, Taoism expounds a philosophical system about how to keep human behavior in accordance with the alternating cycles of nature. The Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing), containing teachings attributed to Laozi (老子; Lǎozǐ; Lao³ Tzŭ³), is widely considered the keystone work of the Taoist tradition, together with the later writings of Zhuangzi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this course, we begin with this compact book, consisting of 81 short poems which we call “Entries”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By studying lessons built on the Tao te Ching and writings of Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi) the student can become increasingly more efficient, effective, precise in decision making, productive, and self-aware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taoism has had a profound influence on Chinese culture in the course of the centuries, and on other traditions including Zen. In the past there were strict distinctions between Taoists (道士; dàoshi, “masters of the Tao”), a title traditionally attributed only to the clergy and lay followers who were considered less knowledgeable, concerning the essence of Tao.

 

 

 

The Sage has profound wisdom

 

 

 

Much of Taoism was mired and veiled by rituals, old Chinese tradition, the practices of Chinese folk religion, and non-Taoist vernacular ritual orders, which were often mistakenly identified as pertaining to Taoism. Other elements including Chinese alchemy (especially neidan), Chinese astrology, Chan (Zen) Buddhism, several martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, feng shui, and many styles of Qigong have been intertwined with Taoism throughout history. Today, the Taoist religion is one of the five religious doctrines officially recognized by the People’s Republic of China. It is also a major religion in Taiwan, and claims adherents in a number of other societies, in particular in Hong Kong, Macau, and Southeast Asia. 

 

 

 

 

 

When you study Essential Taoism you are not studying or joining another religion. You are exploring the great spiritual truths to be found in all religions, framed in 81 simple poems.

 

Essential Taoism is a way of thought word, and deed that is much simpler and also more profound than anything that might be achieved through religious Taoism. Today there are many different Taoist schools, sects, and movements. Let me be clear.  When I say that Essential Taoism is not a religion and has little in common with what we usually mean when we refer to formal religion.

 

 

 

 

If you are a person of faith you can be an Essential Taoist and also be a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist.  Taoism does not fall under an umbrella or a definition of a single organized religion like the Abrahamic traditions; nor can it be studied as a mere variant of Chinese folk religion, as although the two share some similar concepts.  The fact is that Taoism has never been a unified religion, and has constantly consisted of a combination of teachings based on a variety of original revelations.

 

 

When you complete the Course you will authentically be able to refer to yourself, as dàojiàotú (道教徒; ‘follower of Taoism’). This is a modern invention that has no connection or significance for most of Chinese society in which Taoism continues to be an “order” of the larger body of Chinese religion.

 

 

In this course you will learn to:

  • Cultivate Tao in your daily life, including in all of your relationships,

  • Apply wu-wei (无为; 無爲; wú wéi) to your daily life. By doing so (action without action) you will be freed of all unnecessary struggle and maximize your potential at the lowest possible mental, emotional, and financial cost.

  • Balance your will and intentions in a manner that is harmonious and in alignment with the rhythms of nature,

  • Free yourself of unintended consequences that may disrupt harmony and may more likely result in undesired outcomes.

 

 

Essential Taoism does not identify one’s will as the root problem of our suffering and emotional pain. Rather, it asserts that one must place their will in harmony with the natural universe. Thus, a potentially harmful interference may be avoided, and in this way, goals can be achieved effortlessly. By Wu-wei, the sage seeks to come into harmony with the great Tao, which itself accomplishes all by nonaction. 

It has practical applications in everyday life as well.  Through this course, you will come to master Ziran. Ziran (自然; )”self-organization” is regarded as a central value in Taoism. It describes the “primordial state” of all things as well as a basic character of the Tao. Ziran is usually associated with spontaneity, creativity, and innovation.  To attain naturalness, one has to identify with Tao; this involves freeing oneself from selfishness and desire and guides us in appreciating simplicity.

In the Tao te Ching Ziran is a metaphor for naturalness (called pu – the “uncarved block”. This image of 朴; 樸; “uncut wood” which represents the “original nature. Original nature is who we are prior to the imprint of culture”, cognitive bias, and logical fallacy. Ziran is usually referred to as the authentic state one returns to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through The Course in Taoism A-Z and Beyond…, you will be shown the path to true Taoist Wisdom and to a meaningful life. Here you will be able to transcend your:

 

In place of these negative experiences and emotions, you will live a life of:

 

 

 

 

 

This Comprehensive Course in Essential Taoism is easy to understand and to apply. Lessons include:

  • The History of Taoism

  • The Tao te Ching,

  • The Teachings of Chuang Tzu, 

  • The Differences in Taoism and Confucianism

  • Understanding Tao, 

  • the Virtue of Te,

  • Actualization and Enlightenment,

  • Wu wei (the action that requires no action),

  • How to Meditate,

  • Why we Suffer, 

  • How to find a Taoist Sage-Mentor, 

  • How to Think like a Taoist Sage,

  • Western Shamanism and Taoist Thought

  • Mystic Taoism: The Qi Made Flesh                                     

  • How to Create a Daily Spiritual Practice

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t wait to create your best life. A life filled with love, compassion, empathy, joy, and meaning

 

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 Tuition and Program Structure

Program #1 Essential Taoism Course 30 Day Cycle

This Includes:

  • 10 email Taoism Lessons
  • 4 x 20 minute mentoring session by phone between 9:00 am -9:00 pm (EST)
  • No monthly contract required

$197

 

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Program #2 Essential Taoism Course 30 Day Cycle

This Includes:

  • 23 email Taoism Lessons
  • 9 x 20 minute mentoring session by phone between 9:00 am -9:00 pm (EST)
  • No monthly contract required

$397

 

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Program #3 Essential Taoism Course 30 Day Cycle

This Includes:

  • Unlimited Phone Coaching with Lewis Harrison 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (EST)
  • This includes 35 email Taoism Lessons
  • The Advanced Workbook that will guide you day to day in applying Essential Taoist Teachings

$697

 

 

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Program #4 Essential Taoism Course 30 Day Cycle

This Includes:

  • Unlimited Phone Coaching with Lewis Harrison 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM (EST)
  • This includes 35 email Taoism Lessons
  • The Advanced Workbook that will guide you day to day in applying Essential Taoist Teachings
  • No monthly contract required

$997

 

 

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Prepay for 6 months and receive an invitation to spend a weekend with Lewis in Toronto

You will need to pay for your own food and lodging

$5901

 

 

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* Note: All profit from these programs go to support Lewis’ work with the International Association of Healer Professionals, The Wisdom Path Community, and the Maydolong Relief Fund

 

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