Qigong Meditation: Embryonic Breathing


Finalist - 2006 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord MagazineThe Root of Spiritual Enlightenment
Chinese Qigong can be generally categorized into External Elixir (Wai
Dan) and Internal Elixir (Nei Dan) Qigong. The first step of practicing
Internal Elixir Qigong has been known as Small Cyclic Heaven (Small
Circulation or Microcosmic ...
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Finalist - 2006 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord MagazineThe Root of Spiritual Enlightenment
Chinese Qigong can be generally categorized into External Elixir (Wai
Dan) and Internal Elixir (Nei Dan) Qigong. The first step of practicing
Internal Elixir Qigong has been known as Small Cyclic Heaven (Small
Circulation or Microcosmic Meditation). After completing Small Cyclic
Heaven, a practitioner will learn Grand Cyclic Heaven (Grand Circulation or Macrocosmic Meditation). The purpose of Grand Cyclic Heaven is to re-open the Heaven Eye (Third Eye) to unite the natural spirit and human spirit. This is the ultimate goal of spiritual enlightenment in both
Daoism (Taoism) and Buddhism. Although these kinds of meditations are popular, very few scientific books or documents are available to the public.
The Foundation of Internal Elixir Cultivation
In order to reach the goal of longevity and spiritual enlightenment,
the Qigong practitioner must learn Internal Elixir Qigong. The first step to learning is to understand the theory and the method of Embryonic
Breathing. Practicing this breathing technique will help you to establish your central energy system, conserve your energy, and store this energy to abundant levels. Once you have established this foundation, you will be able to practice Small Cyclic Heaven (Small
Circulation or Microcosmic Orbit) and Grand Cyclic Heaven (Grand
Circulation of Macrocosmic Orbit) effectively. It is understood that without this foundation, the root of spiritual enlightenment will not be established and the study and the practice of spiritual enlightenment,
through meditation, will be in vain.
• Embryonic Breathing theory and techniques were kept secret in Buddhist and Daoist (Taoist) monasteries.
• Dr. Yang discusses most of the available documents, translates and comments upon them.
• Scientific analysis and summary of the practice methods.
• A comprehensive, straightforward way to understand and practice Embryonic Breathing.
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Editorial Reviews

Chet Day
"During my many years as a natural health writer, I've read hundreds and hundreds of books on Qigong and meditation, but during those ten years I've never encountered a book as thoroughly researched and documented as Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's massive translation and commentary on the available materials related to Embryonic Breathing theory and techniques. Those of us in the West owe Dr. Yang a sincere bow of gratitude for this fascinating resource."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886969735
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 414
  • Sales rank: 319,315
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is a renowned author and teacher of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. Born in Taiwan, he has trained and taught
Taijiquan, Qigong and Chinese martial arts for over forty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, and was elected by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 10 people who has "made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." Dr. Yang lives in Northern
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Romanization of Chinese Terms viii
Dedication ix
About the Author xi
Foreword xvii
Preface xix
Part I Foundations
Chapter 1 General Concepts
1.1 Introduction 3
1.2 General Qigong Concepts 6
1.3 The Network of Qi Vessels and Channels 31
1.4 Buddhist and Daoist Qigong Concepts 38
1.5 Four Refinements 43
1.6 Five Regulatings 63
1.7 Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing Qigong 85
1.8 Small Circulation, Grand Circulation, and Enlightenment Meditation 88
1.9 Definition of Embryonic Breathing 94
1.10 Embryonic Breathing and Cultivation of the Dao 97
1.11 About This Book 102
Chapter 2 Theoretical Foundation of Embryonic Breathing
2.1 Introduction 107
2.2 Human Qigong Science 113
2.3 Theoretical Foundations of Embryonic Breathing 134
2.4 Meanings and Purposes of Meditation 144
Part II Translations and Commentaries of Ancient Documents Related to Embryonic Breathing
Chapter 3 Translations and Commentaries of Ancient Documents
3.1 Introduction 155
3.2 General Concepts 157
3.3 About the Dan Tian 220
3.4 Regulating the Breathing 229
3.5 Regulating the Mind 241
3.6 Regulating the Spirit 267
3.7 Methods of Embryonic Breathing 287
3.8 Other Related Documents 306
Chapter 4 Summaries from Ancient Documents
4.1 Introduction 313
4.2 Summaries of Important Points 314
Part III Practice of Embryonic Breathing
Chapter 5 Practice of Embryonic Breathing
5.1 Introduction 323
5.2 Preparation for Embryonic Breathing 324
5.3 Practice of Embryonic Breathing 329
5.4 Recovery from the Meditative State 343
Chapter 6 Conclusion 347
Appendix A Translation and Glossary of Chinese Terms 349
Index 385
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