Shi Jing has been following the path of Daoism since
mid-1970s. In 1995 he was ordained as 31st generation Daoist priest
(daoshi) in the Longmen (Dragon Gate) branch of Quanzhen (Complete
Reality) School. In 1996 he co-founded the British Taoist Association
and became its chairman shortly after its inception. As the BTA’s
main teacher, he leads retreats and teaches Daoist cultivation in
UK, Europe and USA.
In 1978 he was introduced to Daoist cultivation by
Gia Fu Feng, well known for his translations of Dao de jing and
Zhuang zi. At that time Gia Fu Feng was one of the very few teachers
whose cultivation was rooted in sitting meditation, which is the
integral practice of the Quanzhen tradition. He also taught Shi
Jing the practices of daoyin and tai chi as a way to become sensitive
to the circulation of qi. Shi Jing remained a student of Gia Fu
Feng’s until his death in 1985. Gia Fu Feng instilled in Shi
Jing a deep trust in his own intuitive expression of the Dao. He
has remained a major influence on Shi Jing’s life.
By the early 1990s China was opening up and through
his correspondence with the Eight Immortals Temple in Xi’an
he was invited to visit China in 1994 where he was introduced to
the Daoist community by Longmen priest Huang Shi Zhen.
Shi Jing (left) with his shi fu
In 1995 he was invited to the Leigutai Temple where
he met shifu Feng Xing Zhao who accepted him to be initiated as
a daoshi, and from whom he received his Daoist name, Shi Jing (meaning
Since then, he has travelled to China regularly and
over the years has been very fortunate to receive teachings from
many respected masters within the Quanzhen tradition, especially
the personal guidance and encouragement given to him by his Daoist
uncle, late Liu Xing Di.
In 1996, during his visit to UK, shifu Feng Xing Zhao
encouraged Shi Jing to pass on the Daoist teachings in a way that
would be most appropriate to Westerners. Shi Jing feels this is
best achieved through retreats, following in the footsteps of the
early Quanzhen practitioners who were hermits and wanderers and
came together periodically to share cultivation.