Author and Tao Te Ching scholar, Solala Towler has created 4 new audio courses to provide an understanding of and guidance in the practice of Qigong in these troubled times during the pandemic, understanding of the Taoist principles,  improving close relationships, and a verse by verse commentary of the Tao Te Ching.

Each chapter of this course will consist of three verses of the Tao Te Ching, (except for a few longer chapters), along with commentary explaining the inner meaning of each verse. The Tao Te Ching, written some 2,500 years ago, has long been seen as a book on philosophy or statecraft. But in the Taoist tradition, it is seen as a manual for self-cultivation or spiritual work. In my version of this ancient classic, I have brought out the Taoist aspects, by not only providing the verses, but also a commentary explaining what they mean. We will also explore many actual practices that either come directly from the text itself or are inspired by the text, such as simple qigong, meditation or lifestyle choices. In this way, we can explore this fascinating book in a way that will make it very real, clear and even life-changing. So please join me on a journey of healing, self-discovery and deep inner exploration!

Qigong For Troubled Times

Our world is going through a massive pandemic that affects us all. It may be that we or someone close to us is sick or we have lost our job and livelihood due to the national shutdown of businesses. It is in times like this, when we are specially challenged, that practices like qigong and meditation are most helpful. Qigong works on three levels, affecting our physical, mental, and even spiritual health. These practices go back thousands of years and are a part of what is known in China as “Yang Sheng” or nourishing life practices – designed to help us lead long and healthy lives.

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Taoist Principles to Live a Healthy and Prosperous Life

Taoism (Daoism) is a 5,000 year-old spiritual path from China. This course will cover the nine main principles of Taoism and how we can apply them to our own lives in the 21st century. Taoism teaches us how we can use the intrinsic and powerful energy of our bodies—our qi—in order to enhance and further ourselves as spiritual beings. Discover how Taoist principles can enhance your emotional and psychological wellbeing, achieve a state of wholeness, live a vibrant and purposeful life, and ultimately connect to source — the Divine or Tao.

 

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Sacred Union: The Promise of Spiritual Relationship

For anyone seeking to build greater connections, intimacy and deeper levels of communication in their relationship, Sacred Union is an essential guide to a natural and joyous way of love. This course is filled with timeless practices and guidance for both individuals and couples.

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Practicing the Tao Te Ching: 81 Steps On The Way

The Tao Te Ching, written some 2,500 years ago, has long been seen as a book on philosophy or statecraft. But in the Taoist tradition, it is seen as a manual for self-cultivation or spiritual work. In my version of this ancient classic, I have brought out the Taoist aspects, by not only providing the verses, but also a commentary explaining what they mean. We will also explore many actual practices that either come directly from the text itself or are inspired by the text, such as simple qigong, meditation or lifestyle choices.

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Most people think of the Tao Te Ching as a book on philosophy or a treatise on leadership. Yet there is a little-known treasure hidden within the familiar passages of Lao Tzu’s work: step-by-step practical guidance for the spiritual journey. With Practicing the Tao Te Ching, renowned teacher Solala Towler reveals a new facet to this spiritual classic, offering accessible instructions paired with each of the 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching. “Tao is a way of deep reflection and learning from nature, considered the highest teacher,” writes Towler. “It teaches us to follow the energy flows within the heavens, the earth, and our own bodies.” With lucid instruction and deep insight, he guides you through meditations, movement and breathing practices, subtle energy exercises, and inner reflections—all to help you to embody Taoist wisdom in every aspect of your life.

 

 

 

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Join author and Tao Te Ching scholar Solala Towler as he presents this six-week online course on the Tao Te Ching. Using his popular book Practicing the Tao Te Ching: 81 Steps On the Way, published by Sounds True, Solala will be presenting this ancient text in a new way. Not only will he give background on how the text was written, but drawing on his 30 years of study of the Taoist arts, Solala will present the Tao Te Ching in the way Taoists have used it for thousands of years: as a manual for self cultivation.

The Tao Te Ching is actually full of practices and we will be doing many of them in this course. This will be an opportunity to go deeply into this ancient and important text.

Solala Towler has practiced and taught Taoist meditation and qigong for more than 30 years. He is author of Practicing the Tao Te Ching: 81 Steps On the Way, Tales From the Tao, The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy, Cha Dao: The Way of Tea and many more. He was editor/publisher of The Empty Vessel: The Journal of Daoist Philosophy and Practice, for 25 years. He leads tours to China to study qigong and Taoist meditation in the sacred mountains of China.

This course will begin on Wednesday, September 8 and continue each Wednesday for 6 weeks. Each session will run from 5-6 pm (Pacific Standard Time), with time at the end of the session for questions. The course will be recorded on Zoom, so if you miss a session, or want to revisit it, a recording will be made available to everyone who signs up.

The cost for this six-week course is $65.

To sign up for this course and pay thru PayPal go to this link:
https://abodetao.com/store/#!/Practicing-The-Tao-Te- Ching-online-course/p/133502145/category=0

Solala can be reached at solala@abodetao.com or at 541.345.8854.

(If you are new to Zoom and need assistance setting it up, let me know and I will help you.)

“Towler’s approach to the Tao Te Ching reveals the quintessence of the study. Taoism relies upon practice, the cultivating of innate nature, and the preservation of life force. Under his guidance, anyone can deepen their practice as well as digest the core meaning of this classic.”
Hu Xuzhou, author of Revealing the Tao Te Ching

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Now available as a digital download and Flash drive version!

  • Over 5 hours of audio
  • Two hours of video
  • 130-page book (provided as a PDF or Word doc)

Take a journey into the philosophy and practices of Taoism with master teacher Solala Towler.
Over five hours of audio and two hours of video along with a 130-page book.

The eight main principles of Taoism and instruction on Taoist Meditation.

Seven guided meditations and more.

130-page book covering all the main principles and history of Taoism plus Chinese medicine, meditation, the Way of Tea and Tao and the Great Mother.

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