Holding Yin, Embracing Yang: Three Taoist Classics on Meditation, Breath Regulation, Sexual Yoga, and the Circulation of Internal Energy

Holding Yin, Embracing Yang: Three Taoist Classics on Meditation, Breath Regulation, Sexual Yoga, and the Circulation of Internal Energy

by Eva Wong
     
 

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In
Holding
Yin, Embracing Yang,

Eva Wong presents translations of three key texts containing the highest
teachings of the Eastern and Western schools of Taoist internal alchemy—the
discipline of cultivating health, longevity, and immortality by transforming
the energetic structures of body and mind. The texts are primarily

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In
Holding
Yin, Embracing Yang,

Eva Wong presents translations of three key texts containing the highest
teachings of the Eastern and Western schools of Taoist internal alchemy—the
discipline of cultivating health, longevity, and immortality by transforming
the energetic structures of body and mind. The texts are primarily concerned
with meditation, breathing practices, and sexual yoga with a partner—all as
means for developing within ourselves the same life-giving energy that sustains
and nourishes the universe.

The
texts in this collection offer a clear view of the physical, mental, and
spiritual methods of Taoist practice, showing why they are important and how
these methods all can work together in the cultivation of mental peace, radiant
health, and longevity. This collection will provide inspiration and the
essential foundation necessary to begin Taoist practice under the guidance of a
teacher.

The
three classics translated here are:
Treatise
on the Mysterious Orifice
by
Xuanweilun (sixteenth century),
Discussion
on the Cavity of the Tao

by Daojiaotan (nineteenth century), and
Secret
Teachings on the Three Wheels
by
Sanjubizhi (nineteenth century). Included is an introduction in which Wong
discusses the various schools of internal alchemy, as well as their main
practices.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834824317
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
12/11/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,052,468
File size:
1 MB

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From
Chapter 10: Manifested Original Nature

There
is true original nature and there is manifested original nature. True original
nature is pre-celestial and clear, pure, round, and bright. Those who are
intelligent do not have more of it, and those who are dull-witted do not have
less of it. Manifested original nature is post-celestial and is born of vapor.
As such, it can be clear or muddy, great or less. This is especially so when
the numerics two and five merge to create humans and the ten thousand myriad
things. In the process of creation, differences emerge. If all things come from
the same source, why do differences exist? This is because as we move away from
the primal beginning, desire increasingly takes control of the root of life.
Feelings arise when we interact with the world, and, in time, vapor will be
contaminated. Consequently, depending on their level of desire, people will
exhibit differences in manifested original nature because original nature knows
no differences.

In
its manifested form, original nature is often used to serve selfish interests.
This is not the kind of original nature we should cultivate. Only the spirit of
true original nature should be cultivated. If the manifested original nature
rules, we will have the situation of the servant controlling the master.

Original
nature is like water. When degraded into manifested vital energy, it is
analogous to water draining into mud. We cannot turn the muddy puddle into a
clear pool overnight. However, in time, mud and water will separate. The mud
will sink to the bottom and the clear water stay at the surface. Knowing how to
separate the clear from the muddy is the key to the process of reversal and
recovering life.


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