Classes

The ZenSpot Institute of Vedic & Taoist Studies For Everyone

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Classes at the ZenSpot Institute cover a variety of topics that support the ancient teachings of the Vedas and the Tao. The purpose is to enhance your appreciation and understanding of these ancient teachings / practices that originate from India and China.

Current and Upcoming Classes

Begin your journey into the ancient teachings today.

Classes are held in-person and online through Zoom video conferencing.

 

Taoist Meditation
Begins September 20
Sundays: 9:00am-9:30am MST
$8 per class or 32-Session Package that Includes Wednesday Qigong Class for $299
Learn the traditional meditative practices associated with the Chinese philosophy of Taoism including concentration, mindfulness, contemplation, and visualization. The Fall meditations will be focused on cultivating inner awareness of the self for health, happiness and harmony. Zoom Link provided upon registration.

Learn the traditional meditative practices associated with the Chinese philosophy of Taoism including concentration, mindfulness, contemplation, and visualization. The Fall meditations will be focused on cultivating inner awareness of the self for health, happiness and harmony.

Zoom Link provided upon registration.

Qigong for Inner Reflection + Focus
September 23 - May 25
Wednesdays: 5:30pm-6:30pm MST
$12 per class or 32-Session Package that Includes Sunday Meditation Class for $299
Join Dr. Michael in his new Fall Qigong for Inner Reflection + Focus. Establishing how the flow of movement connects with the inner flow of our energy in mind, body + spirit. This practice will help you establish a grounded foundation that will alleviate stress and triggers that keep us in a constant state of fight or flight. Build your immunity internally and externally and re-establish the self. Zoom Link provided upon registration.

Join Dr. Michael in his new Fall Qigong for Inner Reflection + Focus. Establishing how the flow of movement connects with the inner flow of our energy in mind, body + spirit. This practice will help you establish a grounded foundation that will alleviate stress and triggers that keep us in a constant state of fight or flight. Build your immunity internally and externally and re-establish the self.

Zoom Link provided upon registration.

The Healing Practice of Bagua Circle Walking Nei Gong
March 2 - May 11
Wednesdays: 5:30pm - 6:30pm MST
Cost: $549
Bagua Circle Walking is an ancient form of harnessing energy for preserving and nourishing health. You will learn nine different forms and their relationship to acu-points, meridians and extra-ordinary channels. Each week will comprise a different form, culminating in a final application. Join me for this powerful practice and a staple of the American Dragon Gate Lineage. This course is required for 200-hour Qigong Certification. All students will be required to have a copy of Bagua Circle Walking Nei Gong:... More

Bagua Circle Walking is an ancient form of harnessing energy for preserving and nourishing health. You will learn nine different forms and their relationship to acu-points, meridians and extra-ordinary channels. Each week will comprise a different form, culminating in a final application. Join me for this powerful practice and a staple of the American Dragon Gate Lineage.

This course is required for 200-hour Qigong Certification.

All students will be required to have a copy of Bagua Circle Walking Nei Gong: The Meridian Opening Palms of Ba Gua Zhang, by Tom Bisio.

 

Great Taoists – Chuang Tzu, Part 2
March 6 - May 22
Sundays: 4:30pm - 5:30pm MST: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, (No class on Easter, 4/17), 4/24, 5/1, (No class on Mother’s Day, 5/8), 5/15, 5/22.
$210 for 3 months or $80 per month if paying monthly.
Many know of Lao Tzu and see him as the principal Taoist. Lao Tzu had contemporaries equal to his contribution. Chuang Tzu was among them. “Among the great books ever written about the nature of truth, Chuang Tzu’s is the highest,” (Ni, 2015, I Ching, p. 452).  A weekly gathering for one-hour, we will read Attaining Unlimited Life: The Teachings of Chuang Tzu. This class will involve each participant sharing in the reading of the text and then participating in... More

Many know of Lao Tzu and see him as the principal Taoist. Lao Tzu had contemporaries equal to his contribution. Chuang Tzu was among them. “Among the great books ever written about the nature of truth, Chuang Tzu’s is the highest,” (Ni, 2015, I Ching, p. 452).  A weekly gathering for one-hour, we will read Attaining Unlimited Life: The Teachings of Chuang Tzu. This class will involve each participant sharing in the reading of the text and then participating in conversation. Roughly 70% reading with 30% discussion. Learning to listen and absorb, the experiences will draw you into the mind of Chuang Tzu and unveil a path for living fully, The Natural Way.   

Students will use and read from the book, Attaining Unlimited Life: The Teachings of Chuang Tzu by Hua-Ching Ni. 

Location: From your own location via Zoom. In the event of a conflict with another ZOOM Class, there will be a different Zoom Link sent out.

 

 

Learning to Wait, Welcoming Receptivity: Taoist Meditation
June 1 - August 10
Wednesdays: 5:30pm - 6:45pm MST
599.00
Within The Way, meditation gauges one’s progress. Meditation as a practice and a state of being holds the key to unlock one’s relationship to the ever-expanding, intertwined universe. Words cannot adequately describe its essence or its experience since words are partial constructs. That which is partial is unable to describe the whole. With that said, meditation enables us to awaken, connect, quiet, flow, expand, relinquish, grow, see, hear, feel and know. Through meditation the open door invites the practitioners into... More

Within The Way, meditation gauges one’s progress. Meditation as a practice and a state of being holds the key to unlock one’s relationship to the ever-expanding, intertwined universe. Words cannot adequately describe its essence or its experience since words are partial constructs. That which is partial is unable to describe the whole. With that said, meditation enables us to awaken, connect, quiet, flow, expand, relinquish, grow, see, hear, feel and know. Through meditation the open door invites the practitioners into stillness of mind and openness of heart. Now you become one with the cosmos.

In this class, you will study, discuss and practice an eighth century A.D. classic, described as “one of the most important Taoist texts ever written” and considered “the definitive work on the method of Taoist meditation known as Nei Guan (internal observation).” Central to the practice will be consideration of the essence of trust, respect and virtue.

Students will order and use the book, Daoist Meditation, The Purification of the Heart Method of Meditation and Discourse on Sitting and Forgetting, by Wu Jyh Cherng (2014).

This course fulfills requirements for 1. 200 Hour Qigong Certification and 2. Level 1, The Way of the Tao. Students receive 10 contact hours.

Location: From your own location via Zoom

Great Taoists – Chuang Tzu, Part 3
June 5 - August 21
Sundays: 4:30pm-5:30pm MST: 6/5, 6/12, (no class on Father’s Day, 6/19), 6/26, (no class on 7/3), 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21.
$210 for 3 months or $80 per month if paying monthly.
Many know of Lao Tzu and see him as the principal Taoist. Lao Tzu had contemporaries equal to his contribution. Chuang Tzu was among them. “Among the great books ever written about the nature of truth, Chuang Tzu’s is the highest,” (Ni, 2015, I Ching, p. 452). Part 3 will take us into the application for the present. A weekly gathering for one-hour, we will read Attaining Unlimited Life: The Teachings of Chuang Tzu. This class will involve each participant... More

Many know of Lao Tzu and see him as the principal Taoist. Lao Tzu had contemporaries equal to his contribution. Chuang Tzu was among them. “Among the great books ever written about the nature of truth, Chuang Tzu’s is the highest,” (Ni, 2015, I Ching, p. 452). Part 3 will take us into the application for the present.

A weekly gathering for one-hour, we will read Attaining Unlimited Life: The Teachings of Chuang Tzu. This class will involve each participant sharing in the reading of the text and then participating in conversation. Roughly 70% reading with 30% discussion. Learning to listen and absorb, the experiences will draw you into the mind of Chuang Tzu and unveil a path for living fully, The Natural Way.

Students will use and read from the book, Attaining Unlimited Life: The Teachings of Chuang Tzu by Hua-Ching Ni.

This course fulfills a requirement for Level 1, The Way of the Tao.