In this Tang Classic text from the 9th Century, Daoist practitioner Shi Jianwu describes how through adapting our own breathing to the breath of the universe and daily meditation, one can develop an astral body and 'transcend earthly matters to walk in the divine'. Richard Bertschinger offers the first annotated English language translation of this text with practical guidance for Qigong, meditative practice and personal development.
With elements of Daoist tradition and drawing on Mayahana Buddhist influences, this ancient guide aims to bring to the fore perceptions and focus on a natural form of breathing for pure meditation. Much of this Chinese practice has been misunderstood and lost over the years, until now. Richard's thoughtful translation and additional comments serve to distribute Shi Jianwu's original message with open interpretations for the individual reader.
Richard Bertschinger has published several translations of ancient Chinese texts and is a practising acupuncturist and teacher of the healing arts. He studied for ten years under the Taoist sage and Master Gia-fu Feng.
Foreword by Master Wu. Introduction to my Translation of the Xishan qunxian huizhen ji. PART I: THE KNOWLEDGE. 1. Knowing The Path. 2. Knowing The Method. 3. Knowing The Individual. 4. Knowing The Timing. 5. Knowing The Materials. PART II: THE SUSTENTATION. 6. Sustaining Life. 7. Sustaining the Body. 8. Sustaining the Breath. 9. Sustaining the Heart. 10. Sustaining Longevity. PART III: THE REBUILDING. 11. Rebuilding Within. 12. Rebuilding the Breath. 13. Rebuilding the Fluids. 14. Rebuilding a Surplus. 15. Rebuilding a Depletion. PART IV: THE VERIFICATION. 16. The True Water and Fire. 17. The True Dragon and Tiger. 18. The True Medicinal Elixir. 19. The True Lead and Mercury. 20. The True Yin and Yang. PART V: THE REFINEMENT. 21. Refining the Method, You Walk the Path. 22. Refining the Body, You Transform the Breath. 23. With a Refined Breath, You Can Fashion the Spirit. 24. With a Refined Spirit, You Join on the Path. 25. On the Refined Path, You May Walk in the Divine. Glossary. How to Meditate.