Taoism began as one of a number of philosophical traditions in 6th century BCE China, its core text being the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu. The teaching is quietist and incorporates both an exposition of the development of the universe and a code of behaviour (including astute political commentary) aimed at achieving a more simplified life in accordance with nature.As it developed over the centuries it incorporated religious practices and in particular assimilated a great many ancient Chinese folk practices. It is thus very diverse and is the least centralised of the three traditional Chinese (‘Taoic’) religions. While there are Taoist temples in areas where the Chinese diaspora is well established, and the religion is the second most numerous in Taiwan, there appear to be none in the UK, although people have registered themselves as Taoist in both the 2001 Census and in West Midlands school returns. There is a largely non-religious Western following in organisations like the Taoist Cultural Arts Association (which was founded and is particularly strong in the West Midlands). Here the main interest is in Chinese martial arts, particularly T’ai Chi, in Chinese medicine and other techniques such as Feng Shui. There is also a British Taoist Association run by priests of both Chinese and British extraction which teaches the spiritual tradition.The yin-yang symbol, originating in the 10th Century CE, is the one most generally used in Taoist circles.
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Taoist Cultural Arts Association
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Tai Chi Chuan, Feng Shou Kung Fu, Tai Chi in CornwallTaoist Arts of the Lee style as taught by Professor Chee Soo.
Taoist philosophy has been a central influence on Eastern culture since before historical records began. It has always been a practical method based upon learning from Nature unlike western philosophical systems of debate of abstract philosophical ideas and concepts. Even though it has been popular since ancient times it is as relevant today as it was then as a way for ordinary people to improve their lives and deal with the stresses imposed by society, civilization and living in an urban environment.
The Lee style is one of the oldest forms of Taoist Cultural Arts which was brought to the west in the 1930's and so it still preserves the traditional Taoist methods from before the modern age. The Taoist Cultural Arts Association was established to preserve the essence of the Lee style Taoist Arts in it's purest form as a traditional style without any additions of Western philosophy, materialism, or extraneous material from other sources. It is the only Association in the world today still teaching the authentic and complete range of the Lee style Taoist Arts and following exactly the same syllabus and standards as handed down in person by Professor Chee Soo through the generations of Taoist masters before him.
The programme of Taoist Arts classes & courses on our syllabus include:
* T'ai Chi Ch'uan
* T'ai Chi traditional weapons forms including staff and sword
* Anmo or Taoist energy meridian massage including basic theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine and diagnosis
* Chang Ming or Taoist natural dietary therapy
* Feng Shou Kung Fu