Daoism is a philosophy full of contrasts and nearly impossible to define as it requires us to live from the heart first and not the head. It is both ethereal and concrete and ever shifting. Following the laws of nature might be the closest thing to an explanation of the Dao. Yet it gives us very many practical tools on how to live a balanced, healthy life. This is why The Shen Foundation uses Daoism as a resource for most of the courses offered.
Lao Tsu is considered the founder of Daoism. Some of the tangible concepts that have come from Daoism are, Acupuncture and the foundations of Chinese Medicine, Yin/Yang and the Qi Clock (the daily rhythms of the body).
There are three important pillars to Daoism, Harmony with Nature, Harmony with Mankind and Harmony with the Cosmos. These are used as a foundation for the courses offered.
From Harmony with Nature come courses in sustainability and eventually the establishment of a centre, whose purpose will be to provide an environment (built to the highest ecological standards) for the establishment of a new humanity.
From Harmony with Mankind comes a series of courses in how to use the Qi clock to create a harmonious lifestyle by following the natural rhythms in the body. They are called 4Times4Health.
There are also courses in using the five Virtues of Altruism, Integrity, Respect, Wisdom and Trust as a code of life.
The purpose of the centre to be established is to experiment and establish a new humanity by putting a group of open hearted people together to work out how we can live together cooperatively.
From Harmony with the Cosmos come retreats at the solstices and equinoxes, to give us time out to reflect on our lives
Training to help us look at our life journey, what our purpose might be and how to move through obstacles.