The Way of the Tao

The Way of the Tao represents a journey to be, to quiet the mind, open the heart and let go.
The Way of the Tao

The Way of the Tao — A Brief Sketch

Water flows. It moves around, over, under and through objects. It adjusts to the contours that it encounters, only to change shape with the ebb and flow of the universe. The Tao, like water, represents a journey in awakening to one’s true self. As water erodes stationary and fixed structures, so too does the Tao. Sometimes in opposition and more frequently just ignoring authority, the Taoist lives in alignment with nature, simply and softly. Wu wei denotes working without stressful effort, acting when it is appropriate and letting go of the fruits of one’s labor when the task is complete. As a Taoist adept you will find yourself striving to live “counter to almost every socially accepted norm” (Martin, 2016, p. 4). You will embrace this way not because you want to be obstinate or relish in being an antagonist, but because you will realize that true consciousness, health and freedom come from following the Tao.

About the Program

The Master leads by emptying people's minds and filling their cores, by weakening their ambition and toughening their resolve. He helps people lose everything they know, everything they desire, and creates confusion in those who think that they know. Practice not-doing, and everything will fall into place (Tao Te Jing).

Program Details

It will be a twelve-month course that explores of nature of the true self and establish a solid foundation to embrace the Tao.
  • Level 1: The Way – Course 1: The Taoist Proving Ground

    This course presents an opportunity to explore the principle spiritual path known as Tao or The Way. As the first course in The Way of the Tao Program, The Taoist Proving Ground is suited to those learning about the Tao for the first time and for those who have background in the Tao, but who seek to deepen their understanding and commitment to the Tao. The Taoist Proving Ground will embody the essence of Taoism: Sometimes in opposition and more frequently just ignoring authority, the Taoist lives in alignment with nature, simply and softly. Join this in-depth exploration of Taoist relevance in our modern world.

    This foundational course is nine weeks in length and can be taken in-person at the Institute or online via Zoom and includes textbooks and materials.

    Meeting times are:

    Tuesdays, July 7 - September 1, 2020
    6:00pm-8:00pm MST
    Online via Zoom Distance Education Available.

    Cost: $499

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  • Level 1: The Way – Course 2: Starting From The Ground Up

    The number of chronic diseases in 21st century United States is at an all time high and putting immense emotional, psychological, and financial stress on the economic, political and social structures that intersect our daily lives. As a response to this ever-growing reality, the ZenSpot Institute has created its first course in our new Green Yoga & Sustainability Program.

    Starting from the Ground Up is an awareness building and activist orientated class that responds to this crisis and educates all that are interested in the direction of our planet and species. In this course students will discover that human health is directly linked to the health of our soil, and that we can do something about it. It will examine the importance of the microbiome in human health, the history of how our soil became depleted, the use of genetically modified organisms in our food system, and different ways we can all make an impact on the future health of our soil and our bodies.

    This introduction will open the door for how we can lead a life that is more in tune with nature, and how we can heal the body, mind, and spirit using the power within.

    This course is six weeks in length and can be taken in-person at the Institute or online via Zoom and includes textbooks and materials.

    Meeting times are:

    Wednesdays, September 9 - October 14, 2020
    6:00pm-8:00pm MST
    Online via Zoom Distance Education Available.
    Cost: $399.

     

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  • Level 2: Traditional Chinese Medicine & the Tao – Course 1: The Sacred Medicine of Yin Yoga and Qigong

    In this course you will learn the underlying concepts of Qi, Yin and Yang, Meridians, Extraordinary Vessels and the 5 Elements and learn to apply the Taoist practices of Yin Yoga and Qigong for health, wellness and happiness.

    Yin Yoga represents a counter to the more dominant yang world and general fitness. Characteristic of Yin Yoga is a slower, inwardly focused and meditative approach, whereby the practitioner moves gradually and deliberately, holding postures, allowing for whatever may arise and observing its appearance and then moving onward.

    Qigong is an ancient Chinese holistic yogic system of healing that integrates a posture whether moving or stationary; breathing techniques; self-massage and mental focus to facilitate the flow of energy. By establishing a balanced flow of energy, you produce your own internal medicine. Qigong can be done by anyone, and it is intended to be practiced daily. You do not need equipment or a large practice space.

    Your course instructors are Daoshi Dr. Michael Bittner, Ph.D. and Yogini Ms. Libby Cunningham, E-RYT 500.

    As an experiential class, come ready to move with each class. It is recommended that you do not have a heavy meal in advance. Textbooks will be provided. All participants will receive a Yin endorsement for their Advanced YTT and credit towards the Way of the Tao.

     

    Tuesdays, 11/3 – 3/9, excepting 11/24, 12/22, 12/29.
    6:00pm-8:30pm MST
    Online via Zoom Distance Education Available.
    Cost: $799.

     

     

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  • Level 3: Sitting in Oblivion & Activism

    Details Coming Soon.