The Tao of Health, Longevity and Immortality: The Teachings of Immortals Chung and LU

Overview

Here is a classic Chinese text on the Taoist arts of longevity and immortality. The text dates from the Five Dynasties (907–960 C. E.) and is attributed to Chungli Ch'uan and Lü Tung-pin—two of the most popular figures of Taoism and Chinese culture. This text focuses on Taoist inner alchemy, a theory and method for transforming the mind from within by using practices such as breath control, calisthenics, meditation practices, and sexual alchemy (the method of gathering energy ...
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Overview

Here is a classic Chinese text on the Taoist arts of longevity and immortality. The text dates from the Five Dynasties (907–960 C. E.) and is attributed to Chungli Ch'uan and Lü Tung-pin—two of the most popular figures of Taoism and Chinese culture. This text focuses on Taoist inner alchemy, a theory and method for transforming the mind from within by using practices such as breath control, calisthenics, meditation practices, and sexual alchemy (the method of gathering energy from a sexual partner).

The teachings address the following topics:

   •  The nature of immortality and how it can be attained by realizing the laws of the Tao within us
   •  The art of health
   •  The art of longevity
   •  How to deal with obstacles and recognize spiritual progress

The Art of Health, Longevity, and Immortality will be of interest to both beginning students of Taoism and scholars. Wong's introduction includes a concise overview of the evolution of Taoist longevity practices as well as an elucidating section for readers who are unfamiliar with the teachings and practices of Taoist inner alchemy. She also includes a list of helpful hints for reading and understanding each section of the text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570627255
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/5/2000
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
The Teachings of the Tao As Transmitted by Chung and Lu
1 Heaven and Earth 37
2 The Great Tao 31
3 Heaven and Earth 37
4 Sun and Moon 43
5 The Four Periods of Time 49
6 The Five Elements 57
7 Fire and Water 65
8 Dragon and Tiger 71
9 The Medicines 75
10 Lead and Mercury 81
11 Extracting and Replenishing 87
12 The Waterwheel 95
13 Returning to the Elixir Fields 101
14 Refining the Body 109
15 Moving to the Primordial Regions 117
16 Internal Observation 125
17 Monsters and Obstacles 135
18 Experiences and Feedback 143
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