Becoming A Resident At The Heart Of The Tao:
Monastery Of Self Mastery

It is possible for anyone over the age of 18 to apply to become a part-time or full-time resident at The Heart Of The Tao: Monastery Of Self Mastery.

There is a strict and essential screening process that each applicant must undergo before they will receive permission to become a resident.

The first step in the process is to read over the Monastery Rules and Daily Training Regimen pages to see if you truly want to pursue this way of life.

Anyone considering requesting to be Ordained as a Tao Wu Shin Kung Fu Warrior Monk Apprentice would have to undergo the same initial screening process.

This entails an initial period of consistent dedication to the training and way of life at the Monastery Grounds while living as a Lay Member of the surrounding community and is followed by a trial period living at the Monastery itself.

It is possible to learn of the disciplines and partake in the classes and services while not being a resident.

In any and all cases those who wish to consider undertaking any aspect of this training are encouraged to contact Master Jing personally to open up a correspondence.

It takes a complete time frame of 6 months dedication to the training and way of life before anyone can formally request permission to be Ordained as a Tao Wu Shin Warrior Monk Apprentice, though expressions of intention to be Ordained are allowed at any time. Such a commitment is not something that is taken lightly in the Warrior Monk Tradition and both Master Jing and the applicant must deeply consider the entire process to the fullest extent.

The Heart Of The Tao: Monastery Of Self Mastery does permit people who have responsibility and care of children to become residents. The children must not be less than 6 weeks old and the applicant must be aware that the Monastery does not offer a 'child-minding' service that will take care of the child for the entire duration of their stay. Caring for your children will be wholly and completely your own responsibility, though you will of-course receive support from the Monks and other residents when permissible.

Applicants tasked with the care of children must personally provide everything that will be needed for their care and support including hygienic products, food, clothing and other requirements. Sometimes these things are donated to the Monastery through the 'Offering To The Monks' Ceremony but this is certainly not always guaranteed. Only children over the age of 10 are permitted to participate in the Saturday Public Kung Fu & Personal Training Class as outlined in the Public Class Schedule.

As mentioned above, in any and all cases there is an initial trial period that must be undertaken in order to determine the reality of whether this way of life is truly suited to an applicant. 

If you wish to enquire into becoming a Resident of the Monastery please contact Master Jing via one of his personal methods of contact which can be found at the bottom of this page.