Taoism is a nature-based religion, philosophy, and a 2,000 year old tradition of sorcery native to China since the Zhou Dynasty. In that same time, Buddhism enters China and a modality of it–esoteric Buddhism–is blended in with Taoist magic. Yet the roots of Taoist magic trace back even further than the dynasties of antiquity, back to Neolithic shamanism.
This introductory six-video lecture series will cover the ontology, theory, history, and cultural practice of sorcery at the intersection of esoteric Buddhism and Taoism. You’re on Video #1: Introduction to Buddhist-Taoist Esotericism.
1: Introduction to Buddhist-Taoist Esotericism
2: History of Taoist and Buddhist Mysticism in China
3: Taoist Sorcery and Its Cultural Practice
4: Taoist Metaphysics
5: Chinese Occultism as a Syncretic Practice
6: Taoist Magic in Contemporary Times
I’m creating this lecture series as an invitation to you to learn more about the occult traditions I practice. I hope you find within these offerings bits of insight, knowledge, and methods that you can integrate, syncretize, adopt into your own Path.
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1. Introduction to Buddhist-Taoist Esotericism
This video sets the stage for the subsequent video discussions to come. When I say “Taoism,” what am I referring to? What have been the driving political forces in history that shaped what you’ve come to believe Taoism to be?
This series is focused on esoteric schools of Buddhism and Taoism, so before we get into the substance of our discussions, let’s talk about the distinctions between the exoteric and the esoteric.
For those who are Chinese, Taiwanese, or part of the Chinese Diaspora, I’m going to assert ever so boldly that your knowledge and understanding of all that this video series is going to address is critical to an understanding of your own cultural identity. Take ownership over what it means to be a Descendant of the Dragon.
Next Lecture: History of Taoist and Buddhist Mysticism in China
All videos in this series are closed-captioned for the deaf, hard of hearing, or those whose native tongue isn’t English. I’ve also made my best attempt at accommodating for the blind. If there is room for improvement in these regards, I’m open to friendly critique. Thank you!
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In Video 1, I make reference to a few topics I’ve covered in greater depth on my channel already.
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I Ching and the Practitioner
Understanding the I Ching for its occult and divinatory values will expand your capabilities in both Chinese ceremonial magic and traditional witchcraft.
Considered one of the oldest divination systems in world history, the I Ching is, at its core, a sacred text that empowers a practitioner. When you understand the I Ching as philosophy, you attain wisdom both of your inner self and of the cosmos. When you understand the I Ching as an expression of the Divine, you attain access to an incredible tool for communing with that Divinity.
Click on the banner below to read more about the online course I offer, “I Ching and the Practitioner” and how to enroll. The objective of this course is to impart a heightened level of proficiency with I Ching both as a divinatory system and as a magical system, so that a practitioner will be able to use the I Ching to divine for the self, for others, and integrate components of the I Ching into spell-crafting.
As a package, you get a video lecture and workshop series, a copy of my translations and annotations of the I Ching Book of Changes, an I Ching Oracle Deck, and dozens of additional handouts and reference materials.
This course teaches the following divination methods: (1) two forms of the yarrow stalk divination method, one of which will be applied later in spell-crafting instructions per traditional Taiwanese witchcraft, (2) rice grains divination, and (3) coin toss. The course takes decidedly occult leanings and includes a five-part “Occult I Ching” series. There is also a Facebook study and resource group set up to bring you an I Ching social collective.
If you find the Introduction to Buddhist-Taoist Esotericism of personal interest to you, then you’ll enjoy the I Ching and the Practitioner online course, which will offer practical instruction into Chinese divination and magic.