The teaching and practices of the ancient Daoist tradition of Da Xuan have been kept secret for generations. In this ground-breaking book, Serge Augier, the current inheritor of the Da Xuan system, presents this unique approach to Daoism and reveals the basic principles and theory behind the practice of Da Xuan.
Weaving a masterful presentation of both astonishing depth and refreshing simplicity, Serge Augier covers the Daoist practices for developing mind, emotions and internal energy and provides specific exercises for cultivating and transforming the Jing (body energy), Qi (life force) and Shen (mind or spirit) on the path to enlightenment. He explains theory and practice in clear, easy-to-understand terms and explores the deeper reaches of Daoist internal alchemy in a way that gives access to practitioners of all levels to the necessary knowledge.
Serge Augier, known as the 'Urban Daoist', is heir to the Daoist tradition of Ba Men Da Xuan, the lineage of which can be traced back to 510 AD in Kunlun. Serge has over 35 years' experience practicing and teaching this tradition and has taught in Europe, USA, Hong Kong and China. He is based in Paris, France.
Part 1. Basic Principles and Theory. Introduction. The Mountain Practice and the Fine Arts. 1. Fundamental Principles. Part 2. Introduction to Shen Gong (Mind Training). 2. Important Principles. 3. Exercises. 4. Achieving Happiness by Calming the Mind. 5. Achieving Happiness by Occupying the Mind. 6. Achieving Happiness by Focusing the Mind. Part 3. Introduction to Nei Dan (Internal Alchemy). 7. Lacking Energy and Building Energy. 8. Breathing Techniques and Exercises. Part 4. Introduction to Xin Yi Dao Yin Fa (Cultivating Emotional Energy). 9. What Can Be Said Without a Teacher. Part 5. Deepening Our Practice (Revealing the Complete Map of Da Xuan Daoism). 10. The Eighteen Methods Leading to the Gates of Madness. 11. The Nine Words of Guidance. Part 6. Deep Nei Dan Practice. 12. The Way of Nei Dan. Part 7. Wai Gong (Theory and Exercises for Training the Body). 13. How to Train the Qualities Developed through Physical Training. Part 8. Some Final Words. Conclusion. Questions and Answers. Case Studies.