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Master Mantak Chia

Master Mantak Chia is the founder of the Universal Healing Tao System. This system is has been taught throughout the world to tens of thousands of students of the Tao.

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Master Chia’s Training

Master Chia began studying the Buddhist method of “still the mind” at the age of six, and later he studied Muay Thai boxing, T’ai chi ch’uan, Kung Fu and Taoist and Buddhist meditation practices from several masters.

The most influential of all his masters was Yi Eng (White Cloud), an eremitic (recluse) member of the Dragon’s Gate sect of the Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) school of Taoism. Yi Eng taught Mantak Chia a complete Taoist training system and authorized him to teach and heal.

Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort

Mantak Chia lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand at the Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort.

Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort

Mantak Chia created Tao Garden, a beautiful spa and health resort, to help teach the Tao. Students are welcome to come to Tao Garden and study with Master Chia and the Senior Instructors during his Taoist retreats throughout the year.

Books, DVDs, Media

Master Chia has authored many books about the UHT – Universal Healing Tao System and has created DVDs and other media to support his teaching.

  • Cosmic Inner Smile
  • Cosmic Healing Sound
  • Awaken Healing Light of the Tao : The Microcosmic Orbit Meditation
  • Chi Self-Massage: The Taoist Way of Rejuvenation

My Teachers, Guides, and Mentors

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My Points of Reference

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Centers for Spiritual Living – CSL

Centers for Spiritual Living – CSL is a religious denomination based on Religious Science that was founded by Ernest Holmes. Their primary text is The Science of Mind (1928 version) written by Ernest Holmes.

CSL resulted from the merger of United Centers for Spiritual Living (formally, United Church of Religious Science) and International Centers for Spiritual Living (formally, Religious Science International).

Centers for Spiritual Living - CSL

Centers for Spiritual Living™ is a global community that is based in Golden, Colorado that is comprised of more than 400 spiritual communities, teaching chapters, study groups and other ministries in 30 countries.

These communities teach a New Thought philosophy that brings religion and science together and offers spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place.

This is done through the study and practice of Science of Mind® and Spirit, also known as Religious Science®, which holds that all life is sacred—that each human being is an expression of God.

CSL believes in Cause and Effect and teach that “it is done unto you as you believe.” In essence, our thinking and expectations create our reality. Their teachings incorporate the ancient wisdom of spiritual traditions through the ages.

People of all spiritual paths — Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and others — are welcome in our communities.

We help people experience a personal relationship with the creator; promote a community of tolerance, understanding and respect; provide classes, programs, prayer and meditation; and advocate a safe spiritual community of like-minded people interested in living a spiritual life.

Centers for Spiritual Living Website

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Points of Reference

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Teachers, Guides, and Mentors

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Buddha

The teachings of Lord Buddha and Buddhism came directly into my life in Halifax, Nova Scotia through Vajradhatu and the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche a leading teacher of Tibetan Buddhism.

Since my introduction to Tibetan Buddhism I have continued to explore Buddhism and now Pure Land Buddhism, Taoism and Shamanism are woven into the fabric of my life.

Sculpture of Shakyamuni Buddha touching the earth at the moment he reached enlightenment. 11th-12th century, Central Tibet. Brass with colored pigments. Photo courtesy of The Met.

Most of the time, when someone says the Buddha, it’s in reference to the historical person who founded Buddhism. This was a man originally named Siddhartha Gautama who lived in what is now northern India and Nepal about twenty-five centuries ago.

Buddha Is Not a Name

Buddha is not a name, but a title. It is a Sanskrit word that means “a person who is awake.” What a buddha is awake to is the true nature of reality.

Who Is the Buddha? by Barbara O’Brien

I think that the article Who Was the Buddha? written by Barbara O’Brien and published on the website The Lions Roar provides one the easiest to understand explanations of who was the Buddha and what is Buddhism.

Simply put, Buddhism teaches that we all live in a fog of illusions created by mistaken perceptions and “impurities” — hate, greed, ignorance. A buddha is one who is freed from the fog. It is said that when a buddha dies he or she is not reborn but passes into the peace of Nirvana, which is not a “heaven” but a transformed state of existence.

Teacher, Guides & Mentors

Buddhism

The teachings in Buddhism of Lord Buddha have been a part of my life for many years going back to when I studied for a Bachelor of Theology at McGill University in the Faculty of Religious Studies in the 70’s.

Tibetan Buddhism – Trungpa Rinpoche

Buddhist practice influences my daily life. I was introduced to Tibetan Buddhism through the teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Pure Land Buddhism

I was introduced to the Pure Land Buddhist Mahayana traditions of China. Pure Land Buddhism is a branch of Buddhism focused on Amitābha “The Buddha of Infinite Light.” Kuan Shih Yin / Guanyin is part of my daily practice.

Buddhist Teachings

The basic concepts in Buddhism can be summed up by the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

Buddhism is a religion, or philosophy, that originated in India based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama an Indian prince who became who the Buddha. The word Buddha is derived from ‘budhi’ or to ‘awaken’. Siddhartha awakened when he 35 years old.

To many people, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or ‘way of life’. It is a philosophy because philosophy ‘means love of wisdom’ and the Buddhist path can be summed up as:

  1. to lead a moral life,
  2. to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions, and
  3. to develop wisdom and understanding.

Schools of Buddhism

Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs, and practices. Generally speaking Buddhists usually classify themselves as belonging to one of two schools of Buddhism namely Theravada or Mahayana. Although some say that there are three schools Theravada, Mahayana, and Tibetan Buddhism.

Buddhist Resources

You can find a growing list of Buddhist resources to help you explore Buddhism.

Points of Reference