This multifaceted course integrates hands-on geometric drawing with dynamic multimedia presentations and invites students to explore the harmonic balance of Heaven and Earth, Form and Emptiness, Science and Spirituality, Mastery and Mystery, Yin and Yang.
Through this dynamic foundation course you will:
Just remain at the center of the circle
And let all things take their course.
In this course, the content focus is:
Our path begins with a multi-media glimpse of the rich culture of ancient China and its cosmology. With Heaven Above, Earth Below, the deep geometries of Nature and the Universe are discovered embedded in art, architecture, astronomy, sacred measure, navigation, alchemy, and symbolism.
Throughout this course we explore the traditions of Taoism. Buddhism, and Confucianism and how the relationship of Human to Cosmos was an elemental expression of the Chinese culture.
The primary tools of architectural compass and straight edge are at the heart of geometry. Throughout history, geometers have been initiated into the meditative art of geometric drawing as a spiritual practice and a practical skill. In this session we participate in this ancient tradition through drawing the archetypal forms of Circle and Square. We develop our confidence and skill level by progressing to more complex forms such as The Hexagonal Matrix, the Yin Yang and the Lo Shu Magic Square.
The Tao gives birth to One.
One gives birth to Two.
Two gives birth to Three.
Three gives birth to the Ten Thousand Things.
This session begins with a comprehensive multimedia presentation on Sacred Number, the Lo Pan Compass, the Ba Gua, the I Ching, the Five Elements and other key geometric patterns in Chinese cosmology. We will explore the pentagon and the Five Elements as well as octagonal geometries and how they all arise from the Yin Yang. Using advanced compass skills we will construct the Ba Gua and other complex forms and explore how they are interrelated. We will examine the geometric aspects of the Lo Pan Compass as well as the Sacred Geometry of the seasons and cycles of time in Chinese Astronomy.
Being and Non-Being create each other…
Tai Chi, known in the west as the Yin Yang, is a familiar symbol that
embodies the philosophy of non-dualism or complementarity. Its
key principles of polarity and harmony as well as cyclic and wave motion
are reflected throughout the cosmos. We will explore this archetypal
geometric form found throughout Chinese culture through a unique multi-media
presentation and discussion.
By meditatively drawing variations of the Yin Yang with the geometer’s tools we will explore the principles and pathways of Fractal, Toroidal, and Vortex Geometries and how they map the phenomena of Electromagnetism, Chi, Human Anatomy, and Primordial Chi Kung Geometric Movements.
"Geometry has two great treasures: one is the theorem of Pythagoras, the other the division of a line into mean and extreme ratios, that is the Golden Mean. The first way may be compared to a measure of gold, the second to a precious jewel."
-Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)
One of the oldest puzzles in human history is how to construct a square and circle that have equal perimeter or area. This problem has fascinated mathematicians all over the world for centuries leading to the mystery of pi and representing something that appears logically impossible. Like a Zen koan, this level of paradox can invite the mind to transcend the rigidity of logic and arrive at a deeper level of meaning.
Heaven as Circle and Earth as Square, this ancient riddle expresses
an underlying aspect of the whole of Chinese cosmology that points
towards the relationship of Emptiness and Form; Spirit and Matter.
Our multimedia presentation explores how this paradox is woven throughout
Chinese art and architecture.
In truest Taoist fashion, our final
day brings us full circle back to where we began…in Mystery. How can our sacred geometer’s
tools resolve this ancient riddle?
Using a variety of Advanced Geometric construction techniques, we will demonstrate that: The Tao is filled with infinite possibilities.
Througout these 4 days we will also be exploring:
We will take a pictorial tour of key geometric shapes and symmetries that form the blueprint of our world from the macrocosmos to the microcosmos.
Connecting with Geometry as a deep spiritual pathway to understanding who you are - what is the purpose of “Being Here Now” and the insights into Universal Philosophy
The Knowledge of which Geometry aims
Is knowledge of the Eternal.
Plato, Republic VII, 52
Geometry is One and Eternal,
Shining in the Mind of God.
That share in it accorded to men
Is one of the reasons that Man Is the Image of God.
There was something formless and perfect
Before the Universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Solitary. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the Universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.