Taoist beliefs are examined by a visit to a monastery high in the mountains of China, meeting with the monks who live and pray there. Presenter Reverend Peter Owen-Jones visits the Jade Spring monastery, south of Beijing, and then ascends to the sacred peaks in the Hua Shan mountains. A monk explains to him the the idea of yin and yang and visits a cave carved from the rock over many decades where there is a concentration of Qi, or 'universal energy'.
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- 16 January 2009
For older students, this clip raises questions about contrasting world views. Some claim that the ancient beliefs about the Qi or Chi – the universal energy that makes up the universe – reflect recent findings of quantum physics. Students could raise questions from this clip and explore this aspect of the relationship between religion and science.