Master Zhongxian Wu developed the GanZhi Advanced Daoist Arts program to preserve the use of the Stems and Branches in classical Chinese healing arts, internal cultivation practice, and in Yijing divination techniques, as well as to create an international network of practitioners and teachers skilled in the deepest roots of China’s ancient wisdom traditions.
Guided by principles of the Yijing 易經, one of the oldest classical Chinese texts, the structure of this program includes four levels of training: Yuan 元, Heng 亨, Li 利, and Zhen 貞.
To help students deepen and embody their understanding of these ancient arts, we share secret Daoist internal alchemy practices throughout each level of the program.
Applied Divination and Chinese Astrology: TianGan DiZhi 天干地支
TianGan DiZhi (“GanZhi”), the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches, are the foundation of ancient Chinese cosmological sciences. With origins in a complex calendrical system, the GanZhi were created to codify the patterns of the universe.
The Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches are the heart of all Chinese wisdom traditions. In them lie the keys to understanding the crucial alchemical principles governing the macrocosm (universe) and microcosm (human being).
Instruction for the GanZhi Advanced Daoist Arts Program is offered in an immersive setting and via online forums over the course of four years. In the Daoist tradition, community is an essential component of all internal cultivation practices. Being in the company of like heart-minds offers tremendous support on our life journey.
During annual intensive trainings, we delve ever deeper into the theories and practices of these ancient lineage teachings. It is through our own cultivation practices that we learn to turn knowledge into the wisdom of our own daily experience.
Session 1 (December 4-9, 2018) – Held at a lovely retreat center outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, located on 24 tranquil acres that are within easy reach by car, plane, bus or train.
rSession 2 (September 22-27, 2020) – Will be hosted by the beautiful Claymont retreat center, nestled in the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley (in Charles Town, West Virginia).