Sarah Tulivu, or Fong Yi, (ordained name), has trained in sitting meditation for the past 11 years, and Taiji Tao / Taichi & Qigong, for the past 9 years, mainly within the tradition of Taiwanese Master, Waysun Liao.
During that time, about 6 years were passed living a full-time monastic life in a Tao Temple and monastery, with about 6-7 hours of practice per day.
Before that, she trained in the Buddhist tradition for two years in Nepal, then India and Thailand, sitting and serving numerous silent meditation retreats.
In 2019 she was advised by Master Waysun Liao and Master Chang to leave the Tao Temple and learn how to carry the practice into everyday life, and asking her to share it with those interested who cross her path. She was then made an instructor in 2020 by Master Liao.
She is generally leading weekly sessions online and in person, and facilitating in retreats – living and practicing together about 6 hours per day for longer periods. Mainly between Tuscany, Vienna, Lebanon and Greece.
Sarah Tulivu has been volunteering over the years in countries like:
Tanzania (with street kids & nursery schools, 2007), Kenya (throughout the 2007-2008 Conflict, with street kids, in a slum), Zambia (with street kids), Kossovo (shortly after independence, 2008), Palestine/Israel (West Bank during the 2008-2009 Gaza War), and bits and pieces in Georgia (after the Russo-Georgian War, in 2009, in the camps), and Pakistan (in a woman’s shelter, 2010).
With the many questions that came up through the experiences in these places, she slowly continued moving East by land, until Nepal, where she immersed herself in the practice of meditation.
Returning to volunteer again on North of Lebanon, by the Northern border with Syria, during the Lebanese Revolution (Winter 2019-2020, mainly setting up logistics on the field for a group of doctors), and again for five months in 2021 (with some hustle and bustle of Syrian refugee camps : ) ).
Next stop, June 2022: Lesbos, Greece. (sharing Taiji with refugees)
Over the years, she has participated in various seminars and courses for nonviolent work in war zones.
She recently begun to specialize in self-care for people working in conflict areas. And is continuing to explore ways of sharing the practice with people in areas of crisis.
What is Taiji (Taichi)?
Taiji, also spelled Taichi, is often translated as “the unlimited, absolute, boundless..”.
As other ancient traditions and practices, the Taiji path is a path of going back to the origin, returning to the most natural state.
Returning to a state of being of harmony, balance, and union of the yin and yang aspects, this and that, the inner and the outer, I and the other, expansion and compression, up and down, full and empty, beginning and end…
The Taiji Practice
As we practice, and begin to learn how to sit, stand, move, breathe, etc, our awareness naturally develops, our mind begins to become more still, spacious, and able to focus, our tensions release, our body gradually align and open, and our heart too… Over time bringing back our mind, body, breath, energy, to operating together more harmoniously as one.
In the process, we will inevitably begin to meet what stands in the way of that, like our mind’s condition, beginning to notice how the thinking mind behaves, relates, reacts, affects, etc. As well as the many different ways in which our body&mind close off, cling and attach, resist and reject…
So in the setting of practice, while looking to bring the whole system into a more unified harmonious condition, we gradually find out, intimately and in depth, about our relationship with experience. And the arduous and wondrous path of investigation into the nature of Self begins to unfold.
What is Qigong?
The Qi (pronounced “chi”) of Qigong is different than the “ji” of Taiji. “Qi” of Qigong is generally translated as: the life force that is moving in all things.
“Gong” is translated as “skill”, “work”, or “deep refinement”.
Through the practice, we will encounter that life force within us, closely, through our own tangible direct experience. Learning how to cultivate and refine a subtle power, looking to reconnect in wholeness.
But the best way to explain is via experience in practice.