“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 [...]
Fabrizio Pregadio, one of the foremost translators of Taoist Alchemy classics, answers several question about his work translating some of the most important texts of Nei Dan. Here is a selection of questions and his answers from the interview. The full interview can be found in the paper Interpreting the Ancient Codes available as a [...]
With China’s rich history, it is not surprising that it has developed a number of approaches to leadership and management. The philosophies of Confucianism, Taoism, Sun Tzu, Legalism, Maoism, and modern western management approaches have influenced Chinese methods of management. One English language book that attempts to analyze and organize these various strands of Chinese [...]
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: 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 [...]
We’ve created some introductory videos from our recent Qigong and Tai Chi Certification seminars.
Chen Tai Chi Introductory seminar in Washington DC. (陈氏太极拳 Chen Taijiquan)This is Part 1 of the video which answers questions received during the break, including difference between Chen, Yang, Wu, Wudang styles of Tai Chi, origins and lineage. Seminar taught [...]
Congratulations to those who successfully completed their first Internal Alchemy (Nei Dan) course this past weekend!
Participants from all walks of life gathered in Washington DC on Friday to begin a three day intensive course in the highest level of Qigong training. This course, titled Cultivating the Spirit: Internal Alchemy, provided a comprehensive introduction to [...]
I recently got a question from someone asking advice on “How to deal with crazy people?”
There are all kinds of people in this world. Some people are angels, others are assholes. Most people are somewhere in between. But this spectrum (should we call it the A-A spectrum?) is not all there is to defining [...]
Once when we were visiting Beijing, China my interpreter and I received a call from one of our friends. Mr. Hu was a successful real estate investor who had decided to put some of his gains into his private passion – Taoist and Chan Buddhist studies. He opened a very nice Zen meditation center in [...]