Wudang Culture

Wudang daoist culture is profound and extensive. Many old chinese cultures have found their way into the wealth of what is presently called wudang daoist culture:


I. monastery culture

(list in rough order of sociocultural importance:)

1. daoist religious practice
1. reciting
2. ceremonial art
3. daoist theology

2. daoist philosophical practice
1. studying
2. researching
3. exchanging

c. daoist sciences
1. yin yang theory
2. five elements theory
3. eight trigramms theory
4. combined sciecne of all three theories
5. active research and study of daoist writings and knowledge about cycles and laws of nature

4. daoist music
1. ceremonies
2. cultivation through playing an instrument

5. health prevention
1. longevity practice
2. Meditation
3. Qigong
4. mind and character building

levels of cultivation:
1. external practice
2. internal cultivation
3. complete psychophysical recovery
4. health prevention
5. health preservation

steps of the daoist cultivation process
1. 100 days initiation
2. change essence into qi
3. change qi into spirit
4. change spirit into nothingness
5. from nothingness return bak to dao, the great source

6. hygiene

7. internal wudang martial arts
1. many different styles (see the texts in kungfu)

 

II. folk culture


1. Wudang health prevention (see above)
2. Internal wudang martial arts (see above)
3. Wudang daoist music (see above)


III. pilgrimage / tourism


1. sightseeing
2. modern pilgrimage (sightseeing, family vacation and folk religious belief)
3. leisure times activities (new taiji lake amusement facilities)
4. mt. wudang as destination for health prevention, culture experience, nature retreat and regimen

pictures of wudang