Dao Meditation Summer Camp
3rd – 15th July, 2019
Daoist meditation practice is an intricate and complete system of inner cultivation. It can include alchemical methods known as Nei Dan (內丹) as well as direct work aimed at ‘stilling’ the mind known as Xin Zhai (心齋). One aspect of Daoist meditation practice is that it fluidly fuses together observation of consciousness with governance of energetic substances in order to help transform the body and mind.
Daoist Nei Dan is obviously primarily a form of alchemical meditation as it aims to work directly with the three treasures of Jing (精), Qi (氣) and Shen (神). Rather than working directly with the mind from the outset, Daoist Nei Dan builds a foundation in the essence and subtle energies of the body. In this way it prepares the way for the more difficult stage of transforming the state of your consciousness. Once this has been achieved to a sufficient level it is time to begin moving towards the state of ‘conscious emptiness’ that all systems of eastern cultivation aimed for.
This is all supported by the Xin Zhai ‘Heart/Mind Fasting’ aspect of the tradition which enables the practitioner to begin developing the mind and seeking out the root of conscious thought. It is through these methods that such luminaries as Lao Zi (老子) and Zhuang Zi (莊子) advocated attainment of union with Dao.
Over two weeks, Damo Mitchell and some of his senior teachers, will take a group of students into the Daoist meditation practices of the Northern sects of the tradition. Students will live together at the centre in Sweden in a camping setting. For more information on the events, please contact us through the contact form on this site.
Students will engage in a classical meditation tradition and follow a demanding timetable that includes early morning practice sessions as well as evening sitting classes. Students should be prepared for meditation practice and be aware that they will be sitting for protracted periods of time whilst working on the various methods of Nei Dan and Xin Zhai.
Damo will be providing teachings in the form of practical lessons, guided meditation practice, theoretical discussions and direct alchemical transmissions.
Location: Linköping, Sweden
Date: 3rd – 15th July 2019 (Arrive 2nd July)
Students may arrive at the centre on the day prior to the training, being the 2nd July, where they will be directed to where they are staying. Some students will stay in the buildings at the centre in shared accommodation whilst others opt to camp.
Food is provided at the centre and it is all vegetarian. Students will cook in teams and help to prepare meals for the rest of the camp as a part of a rota. Living together and cooking together in this manner is all a part of the practice.
Training will commence on the evening of the 2nd of July with a short class and some explanation of what the following 2 weeks will entail. There will be a full days worth of training each day, except for Mondays which will be a half day of training and Tuesdays which will be a complete rest day.
Students who are leaving the centre can do so either on the final Monday, being the 15th July, or the Tuesday 16th July.
More details will be provided nearer the time to those who are on the attendee list, if you have a question in the meantime please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nei Gong process taught by Damo Mitchell and Lotus Nei Gong is a classical process and is, at times, very strong. For this reason we do not wish for anybody with psychological disorders or those with serious medical issues/needs attend these events. There are many ‘medical’ Qi Gong schools out there that would be more appropriate for these kinds of needs. Nei Gong is also not suitable for pregnant women or anybody under the age of 18 years old. Lastly we reserve the right to ask any student to leave the training immediately if we deem the training to be unsuitable for them or a risk to their well-being. If any student attends a course such as this with known psychological disorders or medical issues that may put them at risk, they take full responsibility for their actions and any outcomes. Lotus Nei Gong International nor its staff will be held accountable in such instances.