One of the charms of Ashland is that someone is always inviting you to meet unique creative or spiritual individuals who are passing through town, so educational or experiential programs, lectures, new or ancient spiritual practices, or uplifting and fun musical events often arise unexpectedly and there is always an opportunity to learn something new. Recently for me it was an opportunity to meet a Taoist philosopher and teacher, Li Siming, who is traveling through the US from Wudang Mountain , China.
Li Siming, also known as Derek, speaks impeccable English as he holds an engineering degree from MIT and lived in the states for eight years. His style of teaching is remarkably clear. After returning home to China he became attracted to Qigong, Buddhism and Taoism, and took a year off of work to go to the mystical mountains of Wudang, to meditate and study. While there his life perspective shifted dramatically, and he stayed to master the energy and meditation practices and deep wisdom of the ancient Chinese masters. Today he teaches in China and hopes to teach in the US as well.
Derek gave a talk to a small group in a local home that encompassed a brief overview of Taoism -- the history in China, the practices of Qigong and the philosophy of living and expanding awareness that is the foundation of this ancient teaching, He made the invitation to inner realization very appealing, with his own peaceful presence, warmth and wisdom. You can learn more about him on his website www.lisiming.com or on Facebook at lisiming.com or on Linkedin at