Internal Alchemy or Nei Dan (內丹) is China’s most important contribution to the world. Internal Alchemy provides a set of principles and techniques for the sincere practitioner to transcend the mundane and realize perfection in this lifetime.
Stated classically, the Nei Dan practitioner transmutes the three treasures of the body, Jing (精) Qi (氣) and Shen (神) to reunite with the Dao (道). For this reason, Nei Dan is also sometimes called “Immortality Training.”
Many forms of Qigong (氣功), also called Nei Gong (內功) are influenced by Nei Dan. However, even if Nei Dan can be called the highest the form of Qigong, all Qigong is not Nei Dan. Qigong, however, can be very good preparation for beginning Nei Dan practice.
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