Inside the Catalonia Taoist
Association, one finds the Temple of Purity and Silence, the only
Taoist temple of Europe. The altar is dedicated and has a
representation to Lao Zi (Tai Shang Lao Jun), the main deity of Taoist
Periodically, Master Tien
Cheng Yang, as a Taoist Master (title similar to that of priest)
celebrates ceremonies, by the Taoist rite, to explain the meaning of
aspects of this belief to members of the Association.
The impression of the temple reflected by an altar imprints a
ceremonial atmosphere to all the enclosure of the Association.
Throughout the eastern style premises, there are plenty of Taoists
symbols, such as the yellow color of its walls, associated to Yin, the
Earth and the moon. The ceiling of reddish color associated to Yang,
the sun and heaven. Thus generating a microcosmic environment between
heaven and Earth, where we stand.
curtains are perfectly integrated to its surroundings, according to the
laws of the Feng Shui, to take advantage of all the powerful energy of
the premises and to eliminate bad energy.
Talismans are distributed all
around the enclosure, to attract the good Yang energy, causing a stream
of positive energy throughout the temple.
The sober decoration provides
an ambiance ideal for meditation practice. Low lighting, and the warm
atmosphere, calls for inner reflection and for practising breathing and
Qi Gong, in a cosy atmosphere for the apprentice.
Visitors notice several
calligraphies of delicate execution by Master Tian, and totally in
balance with the enclosure, that beautifully decorate the Association
with quotations, reflecting the characteristics of the Tao and Taoism.