Every Saturday morning our participants are chanting for the world! Up to a thousand people from 26 countries gather, physically apart yet many, chanting for all. As the coronavirus has spread across the globe, there has been and continues to be much pain, anxiety and distress. We chant with the intention to care for the world and to relieve suffering. At the same time, participants find the chanting brings joy and strength to themselves.
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What practitioners are saying about Taoist chanting
For the past month or so, I have been getting up early on Saturday mornings to “Chant for the World”. When chanting I feel connected to all the others and to the world. This connectedness has given me strength in these very difficult times.
I am also grateful to the FLK Board for their discussions before and after the chanting. It’s like being at Continuing Instructors Training week!
– Tom, British Columbia
I have really been enjoying the chanting on Saturday mornings, and the discussions afterwards. It really helps us all, I’m sure, to stay connected to our practice, and to feel a part of the whole. Last Saturday was particularly great. It being the anniversary of Master Moy’s passing there was a very special feeling. I need to remember that feeling every day of course!
Master Moy helped me so much with my overall health. He encouraged me very strongly to chant. It has been and continues to be very healing and uplifting for me. When we chant together I feel the resonance quite powerfully in my mind, body and spirit. It is so great that we are doing this for the world!!
I am writing to share my experience today with the chanting and discussion on Zoom.
I continue to appreciate the opportunity to chant with everyone. My chanting felt very natural and felt that the sound was in harmony with the Chanting recording.
I recalled the following: I had the opportunity in the 1980’s to chant for some time on the weekends with Chanters at the FLK temple on Bathurst and Master Moy was often there. On one occasion we were chanting at the memorial altar, the Goon Yam Gao Foo Ging and the Dai Bay Jao and Master Moy said, “It is as though the person (Deceased) is standing right here with you.” Master Moy’s words underscored the immediacy of the relationship with the deceased and the chanting ritual at that moment.
So today recalling this memory, While chanting the Goon Yam Gao Foo Ging, I had a feeling of Master Moy’s presence ( in my mind’s eye I saw Master Moy wearing a royal blue shirt). I was saddened briefly but then continued chanting, feeling that Master Moy’s presence was with us and as the Directors have mentioned his legacy is alive and the FLK organization continues to grow and the teachings appreciated and experienced on a profound level by many.
I am experiencing great benefit from regular chanting in improving my breathing, my knees, my energy and my mental clarity. By approaching chanting with the intention of engaging with and on behalf of the world, I feel a greater sense of harmony and purpose.
This is especially meaningful during the coronavirus pandemic.
– Ruth, British Columbia
Master Moy often encouraged us to talk about the International aspect of our organization, and to think of ourselves as a family. Being a part of the Saturday chanting sessions and hearing the discussions, reminds me that where ever we are, we are not alone, and that we are all supported by each others practice.
– Chris, Ontario
This morning I participated in a zoom chanting session with people from 22 different countries including folks from Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, the U.S. and Canada joined together: 1,000 voices chanting for the world.
The most touching moment for me came at the end when everyone was saying goodbye.
We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow or the day after, but for a moment the ‘power’ of 1,000 voices and 1,000 faces coming together was comforting and bracing.
We are not alone…
Sincere thanks to everyone who is working together to make this happen.
– Denise, Ontario, Canada
I feel very grateful to be able to join a worldwide community to chant, to do our little part to help relieve the suffering of the world, and to cultivate ourselves.
I especially appreciated being able to hear and follow the recording. Along with my own voice following, it felt like I was chanting in harmony with a MUCH larger group, and with a stronger intention.
All the comments from our leadership group resonated and will continue to serve as a compass for my daily practice at home until we can meet personally again.
Thank you all so much for this opportunity!
– Bernice, Ontario, Canada
Chanting Saturday mornings, and other chanting sessions have opened my heart to the richness this practise brings.
I feel such a sense of quiet and stillness, as I ready myself to begin. The leaders’ voices, and my own chanting, hesitant at first, then more confident. I am conscious that I’m apart, but together, with others Chanting for the World.Afterwards I feel serene, calm, but alert, my mind, body and spirit open and ready for whatever comes.
– Rose, British Columbia
I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the board for the Zoom gatherings for the past few months.
I appreciate the feeling of connection to the larger global community of Taoist Tai Chi people. The vibrations of our chanting has a positive influence on the well-being of humanity.
Thank you for passing on to us some of Master Moy’s teachings which are universal across all religions and they touched my heart deeply.
– Keiko Fitz-Earle, British Columbia
I’d thought about joining the chanting on Saturdays for a couple of weeks, but hadn’t quite plucked up the courage. I’m very much a ‘beginner’, at the start of my Tai Chi journey, and lacking confidence, but joining with others, doing something I’d never done before was tempting.
So, this week, I thought I’d give it a go. And I’m so glad I did.
Joining with so many others across the world with one aim, I felt connected. I felt quite overwhelmed at one point, and emotional, but connected. Chanting with one voice and with so
many. It was powerful.
And equally as powerful were the words spoken, both before and after the chanting : the explanation of the ceremony; the lighting of the incense; the bowing… I could relate to it all.
And afterwards… the shared stories, the shared emotions and experiences. I was moved, and blinking hard by the close of the meeting. And feeling grateful.
Thank you so much for the Saturday morning chanting. It is the highlight of my week!
Beyond the physical and mental benefits of the chanting, I appreciate the opportunity to come together with other participants from around the world and chant together for the world. It makes me feel like part of an extended family. I enjoy the discussions from the directors before and after the chanting about the value of personal practice and anecdotes about Master Moy, etc. It makes me realize the richness of our tradition.
Last, but not least, I love the end when our mikes are unmuted and we have the chance to greet and say goodbye to one another in our various languages. The whole experience of the chanting session is like a mini Retreat week, but with so many more participants. At the end of the session, I am sitting at my computer with a huge grin on my face and a wonderful feeling of serenity.
Looking forward to next week.
– Rosemary , British Columbia
This was my 4th week of chanting on the zoom call and I left with a feeling of extreme gratitude and appreciation for this opportunity and for this organization.
My Taoist Tai Chi® practice is keeping me calm and content during this pandemic, even though I am vulnerable due to my medical issues. Master Moy’s teaching of quiet internal cultivation from chanting and the messages from our leaders about taking this time to develop discipline in our own practice as well as taking the opportunity to change has helped me better understand that we really are responsible for our own learning.
Having the time to reflect on my own practice and really get in touch internally has reawakened an understanding of just how powerful this art is. There is a stillness of mind, body and spirit now that I am not thinking, just doing.
I want to thank you for this chanting opportunity, for sharing your thoughts and for your dedication to keeping Master Moy’s vision alive.
– Anne, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada