Who We Are
A Charitable Organization Open to All
We are a volunteer organization with locations across the country. We bring together people of different languages and cultures in a community focused on furthering the purposes of Fung Loy Kok as established by our founder, Master Moy Lin Shin.
At every location, people from all ages, backgrounds and walks of life learn, train and practise together. They have diverse reasons and motivations for their involvement, ranging from a simple enjoyment of the Taoist Tai Chi® practice, to an interest in the health benefits, to the rewards of participation in a friendly and supportive community, to the pursuit of a spiritual path whose roots reach back to ancient times. All are welcome and encouraged to participate as they choose.
Taoist Tradition at the Heart of Our Community
The values that lie at the heart of our organization reflect the Taoist tradition. Volunteering and helping others are part of this path. Participants are encouraged to volunteer when they can. This may mean making tea, sweeping the floor, instructing, participating in a ceremony, chanting, cooking, fundraising, or contributing in any number of ways.
We value our relationships with the communities where we are active. We often provide instruction to organizations that can benefit from the Taoist Tai Chi® arts, including hospitals and facilities serving seniors or people with disabilities. We have also supported relief for major disasters, and generally continue to assist other charities whenever possible to alleviate suffering.
Master Moy Lin Shin, Founder
Master Moy Lin Shin, a Taoist master, dedicated his life to alleviating suffering by helping others cultivate themselves through the Taoist arts. Master Moy synthesized a powerful system for cultivating body, mind and spirit based on Taoist teachings as well as training he received from respected teachers in China and Hong Kong. In 1970, he immigrated to Canada where he immediately began teaching Taoist Tai Chi® arts to all who wished to learn. Today, inspired by this vision, the Fung Loy Kok Board of Directors along with many dedicated volunteers continue to make these arts available in communities everywhere.
More Than Movement: A Form of Spiritual Cultivation
Master Moy was always careful to point out that these teachings are more than a set of movements. They are a form of spiritual cultivation and a way of life. They are a path that encompasses practical wisdom and a way to return to a more natural way of living. In earlier times these cultivation techniques were the special domain of monastic practitioners. Recognizing their great benefits, Master Moy wanted to open them up to all who wished to learn.
In 1998, Master Moy passed away, leaving the organization a clear direction and a powerful foundation. In a spirit of learning and working together, his students have continued to develop these teachings in order to share them with others. As Master Moy envisioned, these arts will continue to flourish for generations to come.
“In twenty years I have watched many people just come to life with a sense of community over and above the many other benefits of Taoist Tai Chi ® practice. This is, in and of itself, satisfying to my soul.“