9clouds supports cross cultural promotion of Daoist Internal Arts and related disciplines in central Shanghai. Operated under a 'non-profit concept', 9clouds provides high level facilities at minimum cost to practitioners. 9clouds studio is an elegant, fresh, light filled, open space for events, seminars and ongoing classes.
metro: Sth Shaanxi Lu (1,10,12), exit 7
The great purpose of Taiji is the great purpose of life itself - internal evolution.
All are born to this but most quickly forget why they are here. Once enmeshed in the physical world, life serves merely the body's survival.
Society's physical and social edifices, intended as forms within which humanity may evolve, become prisons. Many dream of escape but few find the practical path to freedom. The purpose of birth and life is to create the possibility for the growth of individual consciousness. Conscious perfection exists in potential as a spark within every human being. There is a pressure from within and without to develop this possibility. The forces maintaining the universe are complex and the reasons for many things in life unclear. Why do some struggle to realise their inner potential while others dissipate it through a life of ignorance, weakness and neglect? For those who sadly allow this spark to fade there is little individual hope, though their life and death still contribute to the general evolution of humankind.
Most of observable outer life is just the outer process necessary to sustain the inner life. The inner process goes on unconsciously at a much deeper level than the ordinary mind can appreciate. Spirit expresses itself through energy, which on its lowest level is perceived as matter. Being evolves within this created system. There is general evolution of Being through all life forms below the level of man (minerals, plants and animals). There is individual evolution of Being for man and all levels above. Each life may spiral up, circle, or spiral down, run out of energy and fade away. For those who actively choose inner growth there appears the question of the 'Path' or 'Way'.
Daoist Principles in Practice
A gentle path of inner refinement through Taiji, Self-refinement & Meditation.
Each class includes 10-15 minutes guided meditation. We aim to guide you step by step on the road to internal refinement.
There is only one true Taiji, one set of principles. Human deviation gave rise to family styles (Yang, Wu, Chen etc) which each has strengths and weaknesses. Their strengths are where they follow the principles and their weaknesses are where they deviate from the principles.
We emphasize the waist movement (twisting wave) of the Chen Style, the advancing (issuing transverse wave) power of the Yang Style, the borrowing of partners force (neutralising vertical pressure wave) of the Wu style. We follow my teachers advice: "Go back to the first principles before the styles diverged."
Taiji Beginners 2020
New class begins every 2-3 mths
Choose any 2 of 6 classes each week. Before joining, first watch a full class. Then you see exactly what we do and we can answer questions that arise. New classes start every 8 to 12 weeks (join anytime in 1st 2wks). With the unlimited option, 3-6 times per week, you may begin anytime.
Taiji Class Times
Sat 2pm from 07.4 | Fri 12pm to be advised.
Schedule may vary. Class times confirmed daily
¥12,000 (unbroken renewal ¥11,000)
(unlimited classes in Shanghai + guest access in Zurich and Auckland)
Temporary Suspension of Membership
Unlimited membership - suspension at our discretion
Limited (2x/wk) membership - no temporary suspension possible
(you may attend extra classes before any period of absence).
Visiting Overseas Students (requires previous arrangement)
¥250 - single class
¥1650 - 1 week unlimited
(Issuing of fapiao: +3%)
黄性贤大师 & PatrickAKelly
Immersed 45yrs in the 3 great esoteric streams, Patrick presents an intelligent synthesis of Daoist/Buddhist, Gnostic/Sufi & Indian/Himalayan internal-work.
Patrick employs modern didactics to present traditional internal training, with refined explanations of inner principles and dynamics. He has a world network of 100 instructors teaching thousands of students. He is the author of 4 books on Taiji and meditation, available in English, Chinese, French, German, Italian.
Patrick began Taiji in 1973 with a student of Master HuangXingxian. In 1977 Patrick moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he studied full time in Master Huang's school. In 1979, following tradition, Master Huang accepted Patrick as his personal disciple - the only non-Chinese to ever enter Huang's inner-school. From that time Patrick travelled and taught beween Asia, Australasia and Europe while continuing to learn personally with Master Huang until his death late 1992. Simultaneously Patrick worked closely both with the Naqshibandi Gnostic Sage Abdullah Dougan for 14 years until Abdullah's death in 1987 and for 30 years with the Raja Yogi Mounimaharaj of Rajasthan who died in 2007 at more than 105 years old.
At the express wish of his teachers, with the aim of making available the esoteric principles of internal development through the practice of True Taiji, Patrick established a Europe-wide teaching network. This is a loose association of mature intelligent practitioners with no committees, no fees, no rules, no obligations, no school to join and none to leave - people simply practice what is taught with more or less energy and intelligence according to their choice. Within it 100 senior practitioners (21+ years Taiji) along with 150 close practitioners (14 to 20 years Taiji) pass on this system through their fully independent schools.
During his first years teaching in Europe Patrick explained, "There are only two ways not to make progress. Of people who begin Taiji, 90% accumulate some knowledge and skill, but their practice is not intense enough to really change them. Of the 10% who do achieve some inner growth, 90% don't handle their success well. The ego inflates with attachment to accumulated knowledge and skill, blocking further internal growth. This becomes obvious to others but people seldom see it themselves." Further, "If they hoped to be better than they are, they may blame you and leave for another teacher. If they believe they are better than they actually are, they may get upset when corrected, leave, and start teaching as independent teachers, passing on their misunderstanding of the system to others. Not many escape these traps, but if the student's wish to learn deeply is sincere, success is inevitable, pushed by a well-trained teacher and pulled by their own Deep Mind."
Patrick's true contact, external and internal, with the 3 great streams of esoteric teachings - the East Asian, the Indian and the Middle Eastern/European - supports this teaching, which aims to lead people deeply inside themselves towards the one formless Source which has no name. Patrick's experiences within these 3 streams enliven his teaching. This worldwideway might condense to a few words:
"Seek a broad balance of experience in life": harm no one, understand others - change yourself, stay positive in whatever life brings, respect those who give out the teaching, be grateful for the teaching, be humble in the face of the high forces behind the teaching.
"Deepen consciousness": use any helpful exercises or meditations, to build awareness and train intention on the 3 levels of human existence, etheric, astral & celestial (jing, qi & shen).
"Reach out for the Beyond": realise, as the Beyond grows within, that your outer human existence is next to nothing
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太极 道 Taiji Dao.
Master Huang Xingxian's Neigong
13 Questions & Answers
with Master Huang Xingxian
13 Questions & Answers
Taiji Vertical Circle
by Master Li Ya-Hsuan (Student of Yang Cheng-Fu).
Taiji 3D Circle
杨露禅 – 现代太极之父>
Father of modern Taiji – Yang Lu-Chan
太極法說 - 楊班侯
EXPLAINING TAIJI PRINCIPLES – Yang Banhou
(25yrs Taiji). Speaks English, Chinese(basic), Spanish, Italian
3 major levels each with 3 sublevels - corresponding to 9 energy-clouds. Meditation works on the deep structures of the Mind. It is a serious, potentially dangerous, exercise.
Ideally it is supervised by teachers with at least 20 years training with their own equally experienced teachers. But this is not the case for almost all who teach. The world is full of inexperienced people who foolishly play with the spiritual life of others, changing signposts and creating sidepaths, all for the sake of earning money or power. Students are led astray only to waste their time and energy with superficial or imaginary techniques. See this ancient text which makes clear the deception that has taken place by inexperienced teachers throughout the ages.
Taiji Diagram Evolved
陰 yīn | 陽 yáng | 雍 yōng
receiving | responding | harmonising
道德經 - Dao De Jing:
"道生一 Dao gave rise to one
一生二 one produced two
二生三 two produced three
三生萬物 three produced myriad things.
萬物負陰而抱陽 the myriad things bear Yin, embrace Yang
沖氣以為和 harmonised by immaterial Qi
Master Huang Xingxian was born in Fuzhou, China. From 14yrs old he trained Fujian White Crane (白鶴拳 Baihequan), Lohanquan (18 Buddha boxing) and Neigong (Daoist Internal Alchemy), initially under the Old Master Pan Yu-Ba and later under his most famous student, Master XieZhongxian (謝宗祥大师 b.1852 — d.1930).
Later he also trained under Master Pan Chun-Nien who educated Huang in Chinese Medicine and the Literary Classics. Subsequently Huang opened a school in Shanghai where he trained together with his friends Chung Yu-Jen (Taiji), Chiang Hai-Ching (Xingyi) and Yang Chih-Ching (Bagua). He also studied Taiji with Wan Laisheng (China Martial Arts Champion 1938).
白鶴拳 baihequan (CN)
In 1947, having moved to Taiwan, he began Taiji with Zheng Manqing - a direct disciple of Yang Cheng-Fu. Quickly Huang entered the inner-school and in later years came to be regarded as Zheng's most accomplished disciple. From 1958 on Huang lived and taught in Singapore and Malaysia where he established 40 schools and taught 10,000 people. He attained permanent residence in New Zealand shortly before his death in Fouzhou, China, December 1992.
During the last 5 years of his life he gathered around him 40 active initiated members of his inner-school and to them attempted to pass his final teachings. In choosing these people, he said, he was mostly concerned with the sincerity of their inner motives. He explained that he wished no one person to make claims as his successor but that he hoped the combined knowledge of these 40 (of whom only a few continue to teach today) would contain the essence of his methods and these people would represent his teaching for the future.
Huang: "Though they practice my (outer) methods, not following my (inner) way they are not my students."
Are there different schools or sects of Taijii?
Taiji embodies a comprehensive set of knowledge, developed and handed down by our learned predecessors with mystifying principles and profound philosophical learnings. ... Our predecessors developed the art for improving human health, warding off sickness, slowing down the ageing process, achieving longevity and defending oneself... Once there is internal and external synchronisation, then the question of slow and fast in practice is unimportant. At this stage, one gets the feeling that the upper portion of the body is like the drifting of clouds and the lower portion is like the flowing of water...
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9clouds Studio Hire
Beautiful Space - Reasonable Rates
150m2 | ¥800/hr
Reductions for seminars and ongoing classes. (9Clouds has final discretion on price & usage.)