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 …

2009 May – Chinese Cultivation: Chan and Dao

The Manchester Academy for Transpersonal Studies organised this event, which comprised a three day workshop with international scholar, author and practitioner Professor Livia Kohn. Livia is the Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies at Boston University, USA, and has many years experience in both the theoretical and the practical applications of Chinese Cultivation. The workshop included introductions to Chan …

2008 IDS Visit to China

2008 IDS Group Trip to China After the success of the 2007 trip, the IDS again coordinated a large group trip to China. This time, starting in Beijing, and visiting Shanghai, Taishan, Quingdao and Weihai. Highlights included: Phoenix Hill National Park and Taoyuan Daoist Hall and meet with Grand Master Dong Dongyue Daoist Hall meet with Shanghai Daoist musicians Taishan Mountain and Bixiaci (Bixia …

2008 First Visit by the Orchestra of the Shanghai City God Hall

Daoist Orchestra Visits the UK For the first time in the UK, a 14-Piece Daoist Ensemble and 4 Daoist Professors visited the UK from China to give recitals, talks and demonstrations of the most ancient aspects of Chinese culture and their relevance to contemporary life today. The extraordinary Ensemble represents an intact Daoist musical tradition, dating back 2,000 years. They …

2007 IDS Visit to China

2007 IDS Group Trip to China This was the first time that the IDS was able to coordinate a large group trip to China. It took a great deal of organisation. Starting in Beijing, with a visit to the White Cloud Daoist Hall, and a visit to the Beijing Acrobats. Then a day to explore the Great Wall. Other highlights included: …

2007 Medical Qigong Experts Visit the IDS in Leeds

Medical Qigong Practitioners visit the UK In October 2007, Leeds City Council hosted a delegation from China of 12 instructors of Health Qigong & Taiji. The IDS arranged an exclusive training session with them which was open to members of the public. They gave extensive demonstrations of different techniques and exercises, explaining, through a translator, the benefits and history of …

2007 First Visit by Grand Master Zhao Yuanfu of the White Cloud Hall, Beijing

Grand Master Zhao Yuanfu visited the IDS for the first time. Grand Master Zhao Yuanfu of the White Cloud Hall, Beijing, visited Leeds to meet with IDS members and members of the public at a series of events over 10 days. He gave lectures on three evenings and explained some aspects of his life as a Daoist in China, about the basic …