Practical Taoism

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This extraordinary collection of teachings and commentaries illuminates the many profound mysteries of inner alchemy, one of the most important dimensions of the Taoist tradition. The science of inner alchemy consists of meditation practices that enable the individual to have a more intimate, energizing, and inspiring relationship with life. Although these techniques are described in the sourcebooks of ancient Taoism, they are often couched in cryptic symbolic language, making it difficult for today's seekers t ...
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This extraordinary collection of teachings and commentaries illuminates the many profound mysteries of inner alchemy, one of the most important dimensions of the Taoist tradition. The science of inner alchemy consists of meditation practices that enable the individual to have a more intimate, energizing, and inspiring relationship with life. Although these techniques are described in the sourcebooks of ancient Taoism, they are often couched in cryptic symbolic language, making it difficult for today's seekers t put these teachings into practice. Some classical Taoist writers, however, did adopt a more explicit manner of expression. Practical Taoism is a collection of writings from these more accessible commentators on the traditional alchemical texts, compiled by a seventh-generation master of the Northern Branch of the Complete Reality School of Taoism known as the Preserver of Truth.

Compiled by a seventh-generation master of the Northern Branch of the Complete Reality School of Taoism known as the Preserver of Truth, this extraordinary collection of teachings and commentaries illuminates the many profound mysteries of inner alchemy in the Taoist tradition.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781570622007
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 429,286
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Introduction 1
Essential Sayings to Assist Potential 20
The Way of Eternal Life through Perception of Vital Spirit 26
Alchemy Takes Its Rules from Creation 27
Foundations of Alchemy 28
A Point Falls into the Yellow Court 29
Alchemical Ingredients 29
Basic Vitality 30
Basic Vitality Is Sexual Vitality 31
Basic Energy Produces Basic Vitality 31
Detachment from Emotional Consciousness to Nurture Basic Harmony 32
Alchemy Requires Interruption of Craving 33
Basic Spirit Using Medicine 34
The Basic Spirit Is the Thinking Spirit 35
The Opening of the Mysterious Pass 36
The Handle of Alchemy 37
Alchemical Operations 39
The Bellows 40
Sixty Hexagrams Symbolizing the Alchemical Firing Process 41
Symbolizing the Firing Process by the Year, Month, and Day, Humanity and Duty, Joy and Anger, Reward and Punishment 42
Intent As the Go-Between 43
The Way of Seeing Vital Spirit and Perpetuating Life 44
The River Source Where Medicine Is Produced 48
The Receptive Is the Abode of the Way 49
Yang Disburses, Yin Receives 50
Congealing Spirit in the Energy Aperture 51
Turning the Light Around to Illumine Inwardly 53
Beginning Work on Turning the Light Around to Illumine Inwardly 54
The Womb Breath 60
The Primal 62
The Arising of Positive Energy 63
Culling 64
Keeping the Attention on Heaven 66
The Central Path 68
The Firing Process 69
Incubation 72
Punishment and Reward 73
Refining the Spirit 74
Crystallizing the Elixir 75
Release from the Matrix 77
Returning to the Origin 79
Twin Cultivation of Essence and Life 80
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