Question: Why are there so many different schools and techniques in Internal Alchemy? Which one is best?
The Taoist say there are 3600 doors and 72 more side doors, but only one Elixir.
The Buddhists say there are 84,000 methods.
This is because each person is different and will have affinity for different types of practices.
The Internal Alchemy teachings usually consist of three parts. Collectively they serve as a guide to inform your understanding and practice.
1. Dao: Usually available to anyone who is interested.
2. Fa (Methods): Generally available to most students, although occasionally certain methods are considered secrets
3. Shu (Techniques): Rarely written down and when they are, certain key parts are usually omitted. These secrets are reserved for indoor students.
The question that is often asked is “Why are there secrets?” The most basic answer is for all the reasons anyone keeps secrets. But one of main reasons is because the specific techniques and methods can be varied by the teacher to suit the unique needs of the individual students.
For this reason, it is hard to say “there is only one best method/technique/school”. Not that it keeps people from saying that anyway…