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Tao Fawu Monastery

Kulshan College is based upon the monastic tradition. It is not affiliated with any religion. We are cultivating an organic community based upon our shared commitment to service as a spiritual practice, and traditional practices of mysticism. We are open to all--no restrictions on belief system, age, gender, etc. We ask only that members commit to a path of service and to bettering themselves and follow protocol.

At this time, ours is a "virtual" monastery. We continue to live in our own homes, and many of us have jobs, families, and other outside pursuits. We are learning how to balance these things, and to apply the monastic tradition in new ways. Our use of qigong, shengong, and traditional practices of monasticism and mysticism improve our lives and offer us ways to become more efficient and effective. We benefit when we are of genuine service to others. We focus on virtues of humility, patience, persistence, compassion, justice and honesty, to name a few. We work together to help each member of our community, so long as they uphold our values. We seek to be healthy in the midst of sickness, to be generous in the midst of selfishness, and to learn what healing is and how to go about it without damaging other living things or the environment. The monastery framework gives us a way to learn and practice in community.

Everyone begins as a Beginner--the logical first step. No matter who they are, what they've done, or what they know, they start at the beginning. How quickly they advance is up to them. Once a student demonstrates certain qualities and proficiencies and takes on some responsibility within the community, they are advanced in a personal ceremony to the rank of Novice. Novices are expected to demonstrate humility and respect to their community and teacher. The Novices lesson of humility will serve them well forever. Only with sufficient humility can one proceed to the rank of Apprentice. Only with remarkable skill can one proceed to Adept. A Master must truly master oneself, as well as a skill. The term "Master" is much abused by frauds and those invested in aberrant paths. Our standards are high. Few obtain mastery. Ranks beyond Master exist, but are usually kept secret.

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