Chinese Calligraphy has been an important part of Daoist cultivation for thousands of years, and it also plays an important role in Chinese culture and arts. There are several different styles of calligraphy that have been used by many Masters and Calligraphers through out China’s rich and wonderful history. There is one particular level of calligraphy that not many can achieve, The Dao of Calligraphy 书道.
The Dao of Calligraphy is the highest level that can be achieved in Calligraphy and it is one of the most important daily practices for Daoist, along with Daoyin practice. It is an important part of refining the Shen (神) which is part of the Daoist San Qian Gong Fa (三千功法即) which is part of 3 stages of Inner Alchemy practice taught at LaoZi Academy.
A simple outline of the three stage refining practice of Jing, Qi, Shen:
- Jing is refined to Qi
- Qi refined to join with Shen
- Shen refined to join with Dao
Chinese Calligraphy is also an important part of Chinese culture, even for the ordinary people of the secular society. The Calligraphy still plays an important role in everyday life in China, and is an irreplaceable and unique form of arts with a long history in China.
Why do people say calligraphy is one of the most important parts of Daoist Shen refining? Because cultivating Dao requires an empty and peaceful mind. Similarly, Calligraphy practice, even for people not practicing Daoist training also requires a peaceful mind and relaxed Shen.
The way of using the brush should be in a soft way which is similar to that of Dragon flying around. The Dragon in Chinese culture actually symbolises the Shen, as a dragon can fly in the clouds, swim in the water, and breath fire, a dragon has no limitations. Similarly, like the Shen which also has no limitations.
The Dragon is the transformation image of the Shen, so automatically the effect from calligraphy when using the brush in a way that is soft and powerful like the Dragon, will automatically refine the Shen. It can be said that Calligraphy and Daoist cultivation practice is doing a similar job of refining Shen.
When we practice Calligraphy, the way of writing by the soft brush is like that of a dragon, automatically the Shen of the dragon will lead the brush like a dragon flying up and down in the space of the intellectual sea (Hanhai).
At same time the practitioner is not only rewarded with great and pleasurable enjoyment of the arts but also gets the benefit refining and strengthening the Shen. This is the true meaning of Shudao, The Dao of Calligraphy.
Calligraphy Classes / Courses Sydney
Master Dongyang at the Laozi Academy has set up a special Chinese Calligraphy class in Sydney which can help those progress further in their Daoist training, it can help fulfill the task of refining Shen when they are doing the main daily practice of Daoyin. With the help of Calligraphy, it can help people to fill the gap easily. Hopefully the Calligraphy class will benefit those who love Daoism after being introduced to the main training. It is also suitable for those who are interested in Chinese culture in general and want to learn Chinese Calligraphy!
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