Heir to the Daoist Tradition of ‘Ba Men Da Xuan’
Ba Men Da Xuan is a clanic Daoist tradition of practices and philosophy for the complete development of the human being.
The tradition has preserved and transmitted its practices from generation to generation for more than 1500 years. While being Chinese in origin, this rich and unique approach is specifically non-cultural and non-religious. It is concerned with the development of human qualities, and as such is open to anyone of any culture or belief.
Serge Augier is the heir and guardian of the tradition and has been practicing since his childhood. He teaches and trains the five arts of his school:
- MOUNTAIN: Cultivation of Human Qualities (Body – Breath – Spirit)
- DESTINY: The Science of Destiny (Bazi, Ziwei Du Shou)
- DIVINATION: Study of the Changes of the World (Yi Jing, Qi Men Dun Jia)
- OBSERVATION: The Art of Forms (Feng Shui and Morphopsychology)
- MEDICINE: Daoist Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine
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In the Da Xuan tradition we start with the principle that a human being (yin plus yang) is between heaven (the divine, pure yang) and earth (the ordinary, pure yin) – heaven on top , humans in the middle and earth below. We are able to exchange with both the ordinary and divine but do not completely belong to either. On a personal level this concept appears as the three parts of the human being:
- The mental mind and spiritual elements (yang, process)
- The breath and emotional elements (exchange between yin and yang)
- The body and physical elements (yin, structure)
The Daoist view of the world and the human is one of balance. Despite the implications of the terms ordinary and divine, we achieve balance by treating all three parts – mind, breath, and body – as being of equal importance. Practically speaking this means that we give equal attention in our training to all three aspects. To give more time to one aspect over the other says by way of action that we consider it more important.
The next most important principle is maintaining a daily practice. It is said that a pot of water will eventually boil on low heat, but if it is taken on and off the stove it may never get there. This means that we prefer to do 15 minutes of practice every day rather than 2 or 3 big one or two hour sessions every week with no other practice in between.
Da Xuan is a tradition that is specifically in-life. Unlike many other spiritual or self-cultivation traditions, we do not expect practitioners to become secluded from society. Quite the contrary, the purpose of the tradition and the practices is to allow you to engage more fully with life. A golden prison of training is not what we want, and spending all our time hiding away from the world in our practice is not desirable.
So how much do we practice? There is no one answer to this, it is a personal balance that must be found to be appropriate to your specific circumstances. Train as much as you can while still living your life.
Someone not deep in the practice but still wishing to enjoy better health and well being can easily achieve such things with 15 minutes a day. A more serious practitioner dedicated to preserving and seriously engaging with the whole tradition may practice for many hours each day. The time spent practicing will naturally (and expectedly) fluctuate for everyone as interests change and life happens. Even so, it is necessary to invest at least a small amount of time every day if you want to continue evolving and growing!