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We are an online community and center for Taoist resources, perspectives, and practices.

Whether you are interested in Taoist philosophy, meditation, Qigong, Tai Chi, or Internal Alchemy, we are here to help you develop a practice that you can do at home in your own time, supporting you to discover your Way.

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What Is the Tao?

“The Tao is unknowable, vast, eternal. As undifferentiated void, pure spirit, it is the mother of the cosmos; as non-void, it is the container, the sustainer, and, in a sense, the being of the myriad objects, permeating all.”—John Blofeld, Taoism: The Road to Immortality

This Divine Current [Tao] is above time, space, and ‘existence’ itself but It fills, guides and nourishes the Universe according to Its own laws. It is Infinite Love, Infinite Wisdom, and Infinite Simplicity and contains infinite potentialities. It is beyond the attributes known to the human mind and therefore, Its nature is beyond all comprehension.”—Peter Goullart, The Monastery of Jade Mountain

What Is Taoism?

Taoism is a philosophy that emerged thousands of years ago in China. Its practical wisdom guides us to return to simplicity, live harmoniously with nature, and nourish ourselves in a deep way. Taoism shows us a pathway toward restoring ourselves to optimum health and wellbeing–in body and mind, returning to and living from our true selves, awakening our spirits, experiencing clarity and tranquility, and entering the Tao, a state of oneness with “Infinite Love, Infinite Wisdom, and Infinite Simplicity.” To learn more about the Tao and Taoism, click here.

Taoist Philosophy Believes…

Taoist philosophy believes …

Nature has the solution to every problem

Following the natural Way nourishes the nature within us

Following our inner nature is living our personal Tao

Living the natural Way in accordance with our personal Tao strengthens our internal energies

our Qi (vital energy, breath), Jing (sexual essence, physical substance), and Shen (spirit, mind, consciousness)

Nourishing our body (Qi and Jing) awakens our spirit, and awakening our spirit enlivens our body

This upward spiral supports us to live fully and fruitfully in both body and spirit

And appreciate life in all its moments along the way

Ongoing Course

Six sessions left of the I Ching Course!
You can still jump in and catch up! And because we want people to get the most out of this in-depth subject, we want to offer a way to get even more out of your studies in this class. For any student currently in the class or new student signing up this week, Stuart is offering 30-minute tutorial sessions every other week of the course, three sessions total, where he will go over what’s been taught in the last two sessions and explain things personally to you. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Announcing the Tao Talks Podcast

In the Tao Talks Podcast, Stuart Alve Olson will begin with a commentary on one chapter of Lao Zi’s Tao De Jing each week. Advising people on how to live in harmony with nature and others, the teachings of the Tao De Jing have culminated into what is now known as the philosophical tradition of Taoism.

Tao De Jing Class

Celestial Immortals Members are invited to listen live during the recording sessions of the Tao Talks commentaries on the Tao De Jing and ask questions afterwards. This class is free to Celestial Immortals. Gain a deeper understanding of these teachings by immersing yourself in this Tao De Jing Series. Become a Celestial Immortal and join us! Click here to learn more about the class.

Related Class Materials

Recently Released Book: Scripture on Tao and Virtue
 (Tao De Jing): Escritura sobre Tao y Virtud
In the Tao Talks series on the Tao De Jing, Stuart will be giving commentaries based on his translation of the Chinese text. To get the most out of this program, we recommend having his translation to refer to as you listen to the podcast.

Tao De Jing Audio Meditation
We highly recommend listening to the Tao De Jing on a regular basis as the best way to absorb this work. For Celestial Immortals, the membership area contains an audio meditation of Stuart reading his translation of the Tao De Jing accompanied by Taoist-inspired flute music written and performed by Stuart’s long-time student Denis Gendron. For non-members, the CD and downloadable MP3 files are available through Valley Spirit Arts.

Become a Celestial Immortal Member

Become a supporter of the Sanctuary of Tao with a $60 (tax-deductible) yearly membership. To show our appreciation for our members, we strive to provide great value to your life by continuously adding new content to our member area, including the latest talks, webinars, and recordings of various seminars and classes. Click here to learn more.

Please Help Us Continue Bringing You the Best of Taoism

As a non-profit organization, we depend on the generosity of our community to continue making Taoism more accessible to the world. We believe this work has the potential to benefit individuals and society as a whole, influencing people to live more in harmony with nature and each other. If you would like to help further this work, please donate. All donations and membership fees are tax deductible.

With gratitude,
Sanctuary of Tao Staff

Sanctuary of Tao