Feng Shui Chinatour 2010

January 7, 2010

Sacred Mountains, Monasteries and Temples of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism

Feng Shui is rooted in the classical Chinese world-view, reinforced by certain aspects of the teachings of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism.

On this trip, we will trace these historical sources, especially in Confucianism and Buddhism. We will experience their living traditions, feel their divinities, in the company of monks and scholars, and touch the spirit of the mountains, monasteries and temples, as we travel.

You will be accompanied by three specialists on this trip – Dr. Volker Olles is a Sinologist specialized in Daoism; Gyda Anders and Howard Choy are both practicing Feng Shui Architects, with a deep knowledge of Feng Shui. They will ensure that the experience and the knowledge you are about to obtain is an authentic and genuine one.

All lectures and talks will be conducted in English and German.

The tour will begin in Sichuan, where Zhang Daoling 張道陵, the Great Heavenly Master, founded Daoism as a religion.

We will look at the mutual influence of the different religions in the Chengdu area by visiting the Buddhist Wenshu Temple 文殊院 in Chengdu, and the hidden Daoist Niangniang Miao temple 娘娘廟 nearby. They are places for meditation and contemplation connected to Heaven (Tian 天),

In them we can feel the unique atmosphere of Daoism and Buddhism and we can explore their tradition past to the present, see how the monks lived their religious life and experience first hand, how the influence of Feng Shui affected the planning of temples and monasteries in practice. In this trip, Chinese cosmology is made visible.

While in Sichuan, we will visit the White Crane Monastery at Baihe Shan 白鶴山 and close by in Qionglai, the Laojun Shan 老君山 and Qingcheng Shan 青城山 all being sacred mountains of Daoism. Also we will visit the Monastery of Qingyang Gong 青羊觀 in the City of Chengdu.

From Chengdu we continue to Wudangshan 武當山. and we will spend two days there to dive into an ancient Daoist atmosphere and a traditional way of life in a sacred mountain, just like the hermits of Jin dynasty first made their retreats there back in the mist of time. Wudangshan is also the birthplace of Wudang Pai Kungfu, a famous Daoist form of self-cultivation cum martial arts.

After Wudangshan we continue our journey to the City of Wuhan and we will meet Professor Wang Yude, 王玉德, who is an expert in the field of Feng Shui studies and he is the Head of the Historical Research Institute in Huazhong (Central China) Normal University. While in Wuhan, we will visit the Daoist Changchun Guan Temple 長春觀.

After a connecting flight to the City of Taian 太安, we will travel to Mount Taishan 泰山, the most famous of the five sacred mountains of Daoism. We will walk up to the summit and visit monasteries and temples on our way; then we will spend the night on top of the mountain before we descend down the next morning.

After Taishan we will continue to Qufu 曲阜, the birthplace of Confucianism and visit the famous Temple of Confucius 孔廟, which is listed as an item of world cultural heritage.

Our journey continues to the City of Qingdao 青島 and from there onto the sacred mountain of Laoshan 嶗山.

We will spend the last two days of our trip in Beijing and will visit the Confucius Temple 孔廟, the Lama Temple, the Daoistd Monastery Baiyun Guan 白云觀 and Dongyue Miao 東岳廟, two of the largest daoist temples of the city, and get a further glimpse of the rich and vibrant history of Chinese religion and philosophy.

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