This is a class that is free for members of the Sanctuary of Tao where Stuart will offer commentaries on each chapter of the Tao Te Ching and with an opportunity to ask questions afterward.
This class is on hold right now while we focus on providing other forms of support to the community during the current crisis. We will update the website as soon as we return to it.
Scripture on Tao and Virtue (Tao De Jing): Escritura sobre Tao y Virtud
In the Tao Te Ching class, Stuart will be giving his series of 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 attend the class.
Tao Te Ching Audio Meditation
We highly recommend listening to the Tao Te Ching on a regular basis as the best way to absorb this work. For members, the membership area contains an audio meditation of Stuart reading his translation of the Tao Te Ching 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.
Listening to scriptures in Taoism goes far back into history as many temples and monasteries would have a cantor read certain scriptures during meal times and some meditation periods. Aside from the obvious contemplative benefits, it is also an amazing method of acquiring the wisdom of Taoist philosophy without the anxiety of study. I’ve come to understand this method as a fusing of practice and theory into one, and it actually helped me understand the Taoist ideal of wei wu wei, best translated as “active non-calculating.” Listening to a scripture is active, but the mental response is non-active
—Taoist Chanting and Recitation