Ultimate reality is not bounded by any manifestation, yet actual practice embraces all of them.
– Zen Master
“Derek is a genuine man of wisdom, and an authentic spiritual teacher who embodies and masterfully passes on the wisdom of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian traditions that he absorbed from both traditional and contemporary teachers. He is of gentle, intelligent, kind disposition, and a heart of compassion that moves him to generously disseminate and share the wisdom of Chinese culture and civilizations with the rest of the world. Not to be missed to mention among those are the various ways of healing, psychological renovation and spiritual advancement which lead to longevity, optimism and happy life….” full letter
– Prof. Rev. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Comparative Religion, Sofia University, US
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“I recently had the pleasure of organizing a student-centered event led by Master Li Siming, on the topic of Daoist philosophy and religion, for Macalester College’s Department of Religious Studies. I highly recommend Master Li to similar groups….” full letter
– Prof. Erik W. Davis
Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Macalester College, US
Advance weekend intensive at the Yoga Center Minneapolis:
Five animal qigong workshop at School of Shaolin Kungfu:
Essential principles in Chinese Spirituality/ Practical considerations in spiritual cultivation at Formless Form Qigong:
Integrating Daoist Confucius and Buddhist teachings into a personal philosophy and practice Lecture at Macalester College:
Taoist Meditation workshop at Body Balance Academy:
After 26 months of discussion and exploration, we have finally completed our online discussion on the core teachings of the three great classics in Chinese Civilization.
With the focus on personal and spiritual cultivation, we first learnt about the transcendental reality and the way towards it from Laozi’s Daodejing. After understanding our self, and going beyond it, we then learnt the importance of fulfilling our personal, family and social responsibility in the world through practical advises from Confucius’s Analects. Finally, after mastering the world and the reality beyond it, we learnt from the Buddhist Diamond Sutra that all teachings and phenomena, no matter how extraordinary and spectacular, are temporary like dreams and bubble and therefore are not to be attached.
If we can gain a throughout understanding of these three classics, and integrate them into our daily life, then a solid foundation is laid on the roadway of personal and spiritual cultivation. Hopefully these discussions could serve as an opening door and overall guidance for further studies and practice.
This concludes this series of our online classes. As Laozi said, “excessive speeches exhaust our reason, it’s better to stay centered.” The foundation understanding of cultivation has been laid and it is time for practice and integration into our life. If you have further question on the topics mentioned, you may contact me for advice or further discussion. Thank you for your interest and support all along.
Best wishes to you in your life, studies, and practices.
Derek is coming to the US again for a lecture tour this coming April! Check out his teaching schedule:
Don’t miss this rare chance to further your understanding and practice on Chinese Philosophy and Spirituality! Please register early to ensure availability. If you want to organize a workshop or schedule a private session with Derek during his visit, you can contact him directly here.
Wish all health, prosperity, happiness in this new year of the horse!
For students, wish you great learning and leap in your understanding of your self and the world;
For the meditators, wish you new break through and steady improvement in your concentration and awareness;
For worldly practitioners, wish you success in all your relationships and endeavors!
Chinese New Year 2014
To truly live up with his teachings and to further deepening his own practice, after spending 4 years in the Wudang Mountain, Derek has decided to relocate back to Hong Kong, and will be stationing there starting this year. He will continue his writing and teaching there part-time, and the weekly online class on our site will continue as usual. Thank you for your continual support!
No self is the Dao, no self and no “no self”;
Proper awareness is the Buddha, and there is no such thing as proper awareness;
Charity is the Superior Man, who proceeds in middle of Confucianism Daoism and Buddhism.
May man last long, so we can meet our missed (但愿人长久，千里共婵娟)。
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If you are thinking about their family, may you be re-united with your loved ones;
If you are thinking about truth, may you realize that Truth have always been with you.
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Thinking of you on this special day.
With love and peace,
lisiming.net, Mid-Autumn Festival 2013
It is my pleasure to write this recommendation letter for Mr. "Derek" Siming LI. I met Derek in 2013, during his lecture tour of the United S...
I recently had the pleasure of organizing a student-centered event led by Master Li Siming, on the topic of Daoist philosophy and religion, f...