The Garrison Institute in upstate New York provided a lovely setting for our 2018 summer weekend retreat. Set in a renovated former monastery overlooking the Hudson River, Garrison was a wonderful spot for our group. We gathered each morning in the main hall at 6:30 AM for meditation, and practiced for 2 hours before lunch and dinner. Practitioners—new and old alike (and even a few we hadn’t seen in years) benefited from the immersion into the practice. There was leisure time for conversations with fellow practitioners and to deepen friendships.
This Fall we debuted a new series that combines taiji with musical performance. The two concerts were very well-attended and brought people interested in learning more about our practice into the Center. The unanimous feedback was that we should have more events such as these. Freddie Bryant and Ikhlaq Hussain kindly shared their enormous talents and we hope that their plans for a joint concert in 2019 come to fruition!
A rare opportunity for our Center was hosting Master Meng Zhiling, vice-president of the Chinese Taoist Association in Beijing. He led a 4-day seminar on aspects of Taoism, including Taoists meditation, qi gong and Taoist wisdom. It was truly special to learn from someone who possesses a deep an understanding of internal cultivation.
In our annual tradition, we use the occasion of Master Koo's birthday to join together and honor the enduring legacy of his teachings. It is a time when members can share their practice and the Center with family and friends. Every year we have commemorated the event with a group photo.
Society's 30th Anniversary Celebration
In 2017 we celebrated our 30th year as an organization. We chose the occasion of Master Koo’s birthday to gather with fellow practitioners, family and friends to commemorate this remarkable achievement.