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Program Goals and Methods:
Taoism is a blend of spirituality, ritual, culture, philosophy, and literature. Allow us to guide you in the direction of unlimited possibilities through our philosophical program!
Even though this school and this program have a fundamentally Eastern spirit, students are expected to follow most of the traditional norms of Western secular education within a Taoist perspective. The goals of the “Minister of Taoism” program are to provide a rigorous education geared towards the following outcomes:
- Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in the history, doctrines/philosophy and rituals of Taoism and Yoga in a historical and religious context.
- Demonstrate ability to apply foundational knowledge through various techniques, methods and through completion of practicum.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology and how they are affected by Taoist and Yogic practices.
- Demonstrate competency in basic and intermediate Taoist and Yogic religious ritual.
The School of Taoism
Taoism is a body of religion, thinking, and tradition rooted in ancient East Asian philosophy. The set of religious practices, traditions, and concepts that encompass Taoism have influenced Asia for over two thousand years. Perhaps the most famous concept embedded in Taoism is the Yin-Yang. Scholars throughout the years have categorized Taoism into three categories:
- Traditional/Folk Taoism
- Philosophical Taoism
- Religious Taoism
Now Taoism has never been fully unified into a single uniform body of thought, so our teaching focuses on the core beliefs that all Taoist thinkers share: the fundamental concept of Taoism is living according to human nature; and so we teach the tools to interpret this truth.
What is Yoga?
While acknowledging the limitations of any single definition of yoga—and wholly rejecting the idea that yoga can be reduced to any single framework or understanding—for the purpose of Yoga Alliance standards, the Sanskrit word “yoga” includes and additionally describes both an optimal unitive state of consciousness as well as the techniques, philosophies, practices, and lifestyles that bring one to such a state. The system of methods understood as Yoga is a polythetic system of physical, mental, and spiritual practices and disciplines which originated in ancient India and South Asia. Throughout history, various groups in India, and in other cultures, geographies, and religious and secular contexts, have defined and redefined yoga according to the differing circumstances, passions, and goals of diverse individual and cultural traditions. Scholars throughout history have traditionally broken down yoga into 4 dominant schools of thought which address the four bodies (or four paths) to Samadhi:
1. Karma Yoga (Yoga of Action)
2. Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion/Emotions)
3. Jnana Yoga (Yoga of Intellect)
4. Kriya Yoga (Yoga of Energy)
We provide rigorous theoretical, theological, and practical tools for our graduates to become scholars and ministers of all backgrounds. It is our school’s mission to promote and train forward-thinking and ambitious Taoist scholars who can practice, spread, and live with Taoist principles in mind. Our school’s philosophy is to create, cultivate, and change the scope of culture and how we achieve the ultimate realization. Every student will be prepared and thus expected to meet and exceed all standards and expectations of the classroom. Welcome to the School of Taoism. Our doors are always open to people looking to learn from the Tao.