Classes at Society of Dao Fa Zi Ran are designed to teach participants some of the authentic traditions and beliefs of the Longmen branch of Quanzhen Daoism as still practiced in China today. Each class will begin with a combination of traditional Chinese exercises and training in Tai Chi Chuan. These represent examples of “external gongfu” or external actions. The second part of class will focus on “internal gongfu “or meditation practice.
The aims of the classes are twofold. First, the participants will develop a more complete and true understanding of themselves which will lead them to a sense of inner calmness and acceptance of the world and their place in it. Second, the participants will strengthen their bodies by incorporating into their lives the external gong fu practices taught in every class.
Classes will be taught by David Hessler (He Li Kai 何理开 ). David has taught Chinese history and Daoism for 21 years at Montclair Kimberley Academy. He has visited China numerous times since 2007. During these trips, he studied Daoist practices with several teachers. In the summer of 2013, David attended the Second Daoist Seminar for international Students at Bai Yun Temple in Beijing. While there, he became a student of Master Meng Zhiling.