Welcome to the Centre for Daoist Studies
The Centre for Daoist Studies promotes the Dao of Yangsheng. Dao in Chinese is to mean the way, the principle and the knowledge; therefore, the study of the way of yangsheng is the main focus of the Centre.
Yangsheng (literally nurturing life) is a generic Chinese term that refers to a group of wellbeing exercises, including practices such as ‘self care’, ‘health maintenance’, ‘green medicine’, ‘natural life style’, ‘life preservation’, and ‘environmental protection’.
The Chinese Medical techniques such as self acupuncture, self massage/tuina, cupping, food medicine, diet, together with the Daoist practices such as Taiji (Tai Chi, slow body movement with techniques of Qi flowing), Daoyin and Qigong/Chi Kung (a skill of vital energy cultivation through meditation or breathing), Internal alchemy (a skill of becoming longevity through your own cultivation of immortality medicine from within), Skills of Chamber (Sexuality) , Return to the Nature (Oneness with Heaven), Fengshui (a skill of promoting one’s quality of life through improvement of one’s and one’s ancestors’ living surroundings) and so on, compose the most important parts of Chinese Yangsheng practice.
Confucian skills of Moral Cultivation, Cultivation of the Mind/Heart and Buddhist skills of Silent Sitting Meditation are also important in the concept of Chinese Yangsheng.
The Centre aims to bridge China-Wales and scholars-practitioners working in self care, health maintenance, green medicine, natural lifestyle and environment protection fields to create a platform/ forum to enhance yangsheng exercises. We also work closely with the Chinese and Welsh governments, as well as professional organizations to create benchmark for professional trainings, lifelong learning as well as university level education.