“Studying the classic Taoist texts is important for every serious student of Nei Dan. Our teachers transmit the methods of cultivating Ming (命) or Life, but it is up to us to cultivate our own Xing (性) or Nature. The classics not only connect us to our lineage, their richly layered imagery, symbolism, and seeming [...]
Question: What is Zhao Bi Chen’s system of Internal Alchemy? Where did it come from?
Zhao Bi Chen (趙避塵, 赵避尘) is famous primarily because he is one of the first practitioners to write a comprehensive book (Xing Ming Fa Jue Ming Zhi, 性命法訣明指, 性命法诀明指) describing in detail the methods and practices of Internal Alchemy. [...]
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 [...]
Question: I’ve read the theory of Internal Alchemy and Immortality. How can anyone prove it?
Internal Alchemy does not rely on the theory-proof model as it is commonly understood in the West. It is accepted by its serious practitioners that the methods and practices of Nei Dan were empirically validated by previous masters. For [...]
Question: How can I start practicing Nei Dan? I am very interested in the foundation building practices.
I understand that you are inquiring about the specific techniques of the Building the Foundation stage. I appreciate that you limited your question to that part of the practice. It is probably the stage of the practice [...]
Question: I read Zhao Bi Chen’s book on Internal Alchemy and came across the idea of the Virgin Body. Does the term Virgin Body related to purely physiological activities? How is this related to virtue?
The terms Superior Virtue and Inferior Virtue have, as do most other Alchemical terms, multi-variant meanings depending upon the [...]
Question: I have heard that instant realization does not require any work (Wu Wei), that this is the path those of superior virtue follow. The gradual path requires work (You Wei) and is followed by those of inferior virtue. These two paths are related to the formation of the two different Yao. What does this [...]
Question: I have heard that there are various stages of realization in Internal Alchemy 100, 10 month, 9 years. On the other hand I have heard that it happens instantly. Which one is it?
This reminds me of the instant vs. gradual debate in Buddhism, although I have rarely heard Taoist practitioners arguing about [...]