Grand Master Alex Anatole, Master Richard Percuoco, David Wright and Peter LaFarge.
The Temple of Original Simplicity presents senior disciples of Grand Master Alex Anatole discussing their Taoist meditative experiences, as well as the classical Taoist philosophy, the Creed of the Celestial Foxes, Empirical Metaphysics, Lin Hun Therapy and various other topics.
Great Awakening Podcast # 1
In Episode 1, Master Richard Percuoco, David Wright and Peter LaFarge give a brief overview of ‘Why we Meditate’ and introduce the two major forms we practice on a weekly basis- Burning Meditation and Travel Meditation.
The Great Awakening Podcast # 2
In Episode 2, Master Richard Percuoco, David Wright and Peter LaFarge discuss the Time Pool, the City Under the Lava… and various other subjects.
The Great Awakening podcast # 3
The Great Awakening podcast # 4
Master Percuoco, David Wright and Peter LaFarge discuss The Metaphysical Castle.
The Great Awakening podcast # 5
In this episode, Master Richard Percuoco, David Wright and Peter LaFarge review the parable “Those Who Dream of the Banquet” by the Taoist Sage, Chuangtse. They discuss death and the Ultimate Departure. They also talk about why the phrase “the Great Awakening” is used for the podcast title. The disciples are joined by Grand Master Anatole in the later part of the episode.
The Great Awakening podcast # 6
This episode is part one of two in which Master Richard Percuoco, David Wright and Peter LaFarge discuss the importance of imagination in practicing meditation.
The Great Awakening podcast # 7
This episode is part two of two in which Master Richard Percuoco, David Wright, Sam Ranger and Peter LaFarge discuss the importance of imagination in practicing meditation.
The Great Awakening podcast # 8
In this episode Grand Master Alex Anatole, Master Richard Percuoco, David Wright and Peter LaFarge discuss ‘Benevolence’ and the various ramifications with which it can intersect.
The Pluralism Project: World Religions in America is a decade-long Harvard University research project with funding from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. Its mission is to engage students in studying religious diversity in the United States, exploring the communities and religious traditions of Asia and the Middle East that have become woven into America’s religious fabric over the past twenty-five years. The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies was profiled by the Project in 2002.
In the late 1990’s, the Center of Traditional Taoist Studies acquired an exceptionally rare and complete set of Taoist Ceremonial Paintings, sometimes referred to as “Thangkas.” These Taoist Thangkas are essentially a mobile Taoist Temple used by an ancient nomadic clan known as the Yao. In order to properly display these artifacts, the Center embarked upon a three-year construction project to build a ceremonial room and gallery
to display and properly honor these treasures. Rituals and ceremonies using these consecrated images are regularly conducted under the supervision of Grandmaster Alex Anatole.
In 2009 The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies acquired an extremely rare Taoist artifact known as the Taoist mountain. This piece is a collection of Taoist Gods and actually represents a miniature Taoist Temple. The Taoist Mountain consists of four levels of divine dimensions. On the top level you can see The Three Pure Ones.
The second and third levels belong to the Mother of Big Dipper surrounded by various celestial masters and generals. The bottom level shows mortals bringing offerings and praying to the Gods. Unfortunately, almost half of the statues on the Mountain were lost during delivery.
Members of the Temple of Original Simplicity devoted much time and energy in order to replace lost parts of the artifact. Together with Trefler & Sons, members of the congregation rebuiltand recreated lost and broken parts of the Taoist mountain. After a year of hard work, this magnificent piece of Taoist history is showcased on the first floor of the Temple of Original Simplicity-Center of Traditional Taoist Studies.