Ancient Wisdom from Daoist Practice

Moving as water book-cover

Due to be published in 2019, is a book by Desmond Murray and Lynette Hunter. Desmond Murray is the President of the International Daoist Society. Lynette Hunter is Professor of Theatre and Dance at UC Davis, and has been a student of Desmond Murray for many years. “Moving as Water” In this, until recently, secret family Daoist system of Daoist Lishi …

2014 Visit to the UK by Grand Master Zhao Yuanfu

Grand Master Zhao Yuanfu visits the IDS conference in Leeds (July 2014) The major achievement of the IDS in 2014 was the return visit of Grand Master Zhao Yuanfu of the White Cloud Hall, Beijing to the UK. He attended last year’s conference in Leeds, and we were delighted that he was able to return again this year to address …

2012 Visit to China

2012 IDS Visit to China The 2012 took place earlier than usual. This year’s trip was for a large group of IDS volunteers and associates. There were opportunities to meet experts in Daoism, visit Daoist centres and experience areas of significance in Daoist traditions. From Beijing, the group visited the following areas: Beijing Shangdong Province Jiangsu Province Jiangxi Province The following is …

Feng Shui

Feng Shui literally translates as “Wind & Water” Traditional Feng Shui is an ancient system based upon the observation of heavenly time and earthly space. It is a complex art based on the Chinese understanding of the dynamic flow of energy throughout the universe. It examines how the environment in which people live is affecting them, consciously acknowledging the connection …

Los Angeles Conference on Daoism 2010

Daoism Today: Science, Heath, Ecology We were invited to present a paper at the 6th International Conference on Daoist Studies at Loyola Marymount University, June 2-6, 2010 The sixth in a series of major conferences on Daoist studies and modern application, this continues a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), …

2009 – 1st International Summit on Laozi and Daoist Culture

The first International Summit on Laozi and Daoist Culture was held in Beijing from November 5-7, 2009. Organised by Prof. HU Fuchen, president of the Laozi and Daoist Culture Research Association (老子道家文化研究会), the summit took place in Beijing and featured a reception in the Great Hall of the People. The theme was “The Great Dao: Science, Harmony, Health”. Seminars included: …

2009 Second Visit by Grand Master Zhao Yuanfu of the White Cloud Hall, Beijing

Grand Master Zhao Yuanfu visited the IDS for the second time. He traveled around the UK, visiting local IDS groups. He also featured in two large events in London and Leeds. All events in his packed schedule were attended by the public. His focus this time was particularly on the ancient and fascinating art of Feng Shui. Grand Master Zhao …

2009 June – Wudang Daoist Conference

The Past, Present and Future of Daoism June 18-22, 2009, Wudangshan, Hubei, China The fifth in a series of international conferences on Daoism to be held every year or two in China, Europe, or North America, this meeting followed conferences in Boston 2003, Chengdu 2004, Munich 2006; and Hong Kong 2007. The aim of the meeting was to promote academic …

Sea Cloud Hall Project

Grand Master Zhao Yuanfu from the White Cloud Hall in Beijing has asked the International Daoist Society to help him open the first Daoist Centre in UK. It will be called Hai Yun Guan or Sea Cloud Hall. This is a great honour. It’s also a huge project and we require as much help to make it happen as we …

2014 Annual IDS Conference

Annual IDS Conference 2014 July 19 – August 3 2014 – Leeds, UK The annual International Daoist Society Conference was again held in Leeds this year. Delegates travelled from all over Europe, and as far afield as the USA to attend. After last year’s successful conference, Grand Master Zhao Yuanfu was again able to attend, and impart some of his …

2009 October Traditional Chinese Health at Manchester Science Festival

Traditional Chinese health at Manchester Science Festival Explore Traditional Chinese medicine (Wed 28 – Fri 30 Oct) As part of MOSI’s 2009 Biomedical Science Exhibition, experts from The Shanghai Association in China, the University of Salford and the IDS explored traditional Chinese Medicine including: massage; tai chi and acupuncture. It gave people an opportunity to find out more, have a …