Bai Yun Guan, or White Cloud Temple (白云观) is one of the most important Taoist temples in China. This temple is the seat of the Long Men sect of Daoism. Our teacher, Chen Yang guided the group through the temple providing details on history and Taoism. The group was very interested in the philosophy and [...]
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: 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’ll answer some common questions on the Taoist art of Nei Dan, or Internal Alchemy. For those new to the concept of Nei Dan, you might want to read this short introduction and this short post.
Question: Why do practitioners call the Dao De Jing a Nei Dan classic when the academics say Nei Dan [...]
Today is Easter Sunday in the west. For those of you who don’t know what this means, Easter Sunday is perhaps the biggest holiday in the western calendar (after Christmas). It is perhaps considered more important than Christmas by the Christian churches (although not by secular retail standards….)
Easter Sunday is significant because it is [...]
Chinese Internal Alchemy, or Nei Dan, aims to cultivate both Xing and Ming. Xing can be roughly translated as “Essential Nature” and Ming as “Eternal Life.” By essential nature, the Chinese are referring to the spiritual aspects of your being. When you cultivate Xing, you take out emotional garbage and refine your very spirit. We [...]
Beautiful, Deadly, Silent – No, not a catchphrase for a new femme fatale, a hunting tigress, or an excellent Kung Fu move – I’m talking about the mountain of snow here in Washington DC. In case you don’t live in the US, or have been meditating in a cave, the nation’s capital and surrounding states [...]
Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism are the “Trinity” of Chinese belief systems. Of those, Taoism is considered the oldest, followed by Confucianism and Buddhism*. Although sectarian debates exist among some of the less enlightened practitioners, those of attainment consider the three as one.
Taoism provides a cultivation path for Immortality, Confucianism for Sagehood, and Buddhism for [...]