Taoism is a religion so old it can justly be called primeval–and it vastly predates its written scriptures. Taoist texts often express themselves symbolically in the terminology of alchemy, considering the human body to be the laboratory of spiritual transmutation. A great deal is said in Taoist writings about the formation of the “spiritual embryo”–the “new life” or “new person” that manifests through meditation. There is deluded awareness and there is undeluded awareness–ignorance consciousness and wisdom consciousness. Then the process is reviewed: “When you sit, lower your eyelids and then establish a point of reference [the nosetip]. Life and death in the metaphysical sense then come under consideration: “The life of the spirit comes from the prior death of the [delusive] mind.
It is definitely true that the subtle energies of the seeing and hearing faculties can be perceived at times by the meditator, but we are not seeking to produce that. Sun Bu-Er was a female Taoist Immortal, her spiritual name being Clear and Calm Free Human. The meaning of “tuning the breath” is important, since it must not be thought of as an artificial conditioning or working with the breath. This is a reference to “tortoise breathing,” which Eva Wong defines as breathing in which “the breath is so light that it is almost nonexistent. The nosetip is called the “spirit furnace.” “The fires” are the inhalations and exhalations. About This Site’s SponsorsThis site is a service of Light of the Spirit Monastery (Atma Jyoti Ashram), which is located in Cedar Crest, New Mexico, USA. Follow UsKeep in touch with Light of the Spirit Monastery by joining our mailing list and following us on Facebook and Twitter.
If You Knew What Longboarding Was You'd Head To Cape Town If there is one thing South Africa is, it's big. San Qing(Taoist Trinity) refers to three supreme Gods respected by Taoism, including Celestial Worthy of Primordial Beginning, Celestial Worthy of Numinous Treasure and Celestial Worthy of the Tao and its Power. In Taoism's opinion, the Taoist Trinity lives in a far and mysterious fairyland, and governs countless other Gods while supervising the social life of human beings.
The rite of taking part in Taoism refers to a range of observances that the disciple who just takes part in Taoism must go through. The daily etiquettes of Taoism were gradually formed and finalized during its historical development process. A Reader on China (Cultural China)A Reader on China is a one-volume book intended for general interest readers. TRADITIONAL CHINESE CULTURE Professor Zhang Qizhi was born on November 12, 1927 in Nantong City, Zhejiang Province. Somewhere along its immeasurable history-line (if not from the very beginning) meditation or “internal alchemy” became a major factor in at least some of the schools of Taoism.
Opening the gate does not cause the water to flow out–that is a matter of internal pressure within the dam. Since heat is an essential element of alchemy, the tip of the nose is called the Spirit Stove. This is said because mind, breath, and spirit are one–the mind and breath are manifestations of the spirit. After a long time at this spirit and energy merge, feelings and objects are forgotten; spirit solidifies, energy congeals, and there is just one breath revolving without going out or in. This is called the real bellows, the real furnace and cauldron, and the real firing process” (Energy). So this true breath is the stem of reception of energy, the source of production of energy.
Do it over and over again, clarifying and clarifying, deepening and deepening; gradually mind and breath come to stay together, spirit and energy merge harmoniously. Eventually exhalation and inhalation will join, spirit and energy will embrace, the mystic pass will naturally open, and the seed of realization will be produced” (The Natural Mechanism of Turning Attention Around to Gaze Within).
This is a precise term and easy to misunderstand since we are so used to meddling and controlling things. It is necessary to reach the point where mind and breath rest on each other….In essence it requires relaxation and patience. It is interesting that he speaks here of the continuous breath and the subtle sound of the inner breath.

Spirit and energy are the medicines of essence and life, the root of womb breathing, the ancestor of respiration, the way to make the roots deep and the stem firm. The elixir of immortality can only be made by “firing”–what the Indian yogis call “heating” or tapasya.
Breathing out is associated with the fluidity of the dragon, breathing in is associated with the strength of the tiger. This should be done single-mindedly, continuing from step to step.…Tuning the breath is not difficult.
Further it is important to realize that the terms “inward” and “outward” are not to be taken literally, but as indicative of internal and external consciousness, of gross and subtle awareness. There emerges the unified energy of the river source that produces the medicine [of immortality]” (13:3-5). Here is how the sage Chen Yingning defines it in his commentary on Sun Bu-er’s Cultivating the Elixir: “Sanfeng also said, ‘Tuning the breath calls for use of the temporal breathing to seek the realm of the breathing of the Real Human Being.
So attentively guarding the spiritual medicine means keeping the attention on the breathing. According to this method, the breath of Heaven and humanity is a continuum, flowing back and forth. Called tortoise breathing because it resembles a tortoise’s way of breathing when the animal is inside its shell, such breathing occurs naturally at advanced stages of internal alchemy. Then the breath of heaven outside the body will follow this course.…Practice the art of purity and stillness and let the earthly breath return to its place.
In fact, it is an avatar of philosophic idea, and the reflection of the cosmism supported by Taoism.
Among them, the Celestial Worthy of the Primordial Beginning has the highest status, which is the creator of the whole world, like Chinese Lord.
However, that cultivation is not a “doing” or a “making.” All of our troubles come from our resistance, avoiding, and denial of the Tao, of our being out of phase or out of harmony with the Tao. It is a matter of absolute emptiness and utter stillness; the steadier the mind, the subtler the breathing. Before you realize it, positive energy arises ecstatically, and you are as if intoxicated” (Returning to Emptiness and Hibernating in the Cavern of Energy). In his commentary on Ancestor Lu’s Hundred-Character Tablet Chang San-feng says: “Tuning the breath is not difficult. The secret is put this way: ‘…Just settle spirit and breath, and trust nature’” (A Temporary Device). Second, it tells us that the function or sensory experience of the eyes (sight), ears (hearing), and tongue (speech) are to be eliminated, both as activity and passive experience. Just clarify the mind, cut off rumination, tune the breathing until it is even, and maintain a calm, constant awareness. The six sense faculties become calm and steady, the womb breathing stabilizes; neither stopping nor counting it, you let it be as it is. The ‘womb’ is the place where the spirit is stored, the breathing is the basis of evolving the embryo. So now he give us a very interesting exposition: “However, the essential point of verbally transmitted secrets of the firing process should above all be sought in true breathing. Eventually, after a long time, all of the sudden even the subtle will be interrupted and the true breathing will appear, whereupon the substance of mind will become perceptible. The ‘breath’ in this case is respiration, not the ‘true breathing.’ Nevertheless the true breathing is present within it. This is important, as some very materialistic teachers in the East have taught that the physical eyes must be forced to turn around until the pupils are facing inward and the backs of the eyeballs are turned fully outward. But to tune the temporal breathing calls for letting it tune itself, for only in this way can it be tuned in such a way as to be able to rouse primal breathing. It is said that the tortoise leads a long life because of this form of breathing” (The Shambala Guide to Taoism, p. As for the Celestial Worthy of Numinous Treasure, he is fit for the demand of lower-class people. Usually the Celestial Worthy of the Primordial Beginning is placed in the middle, symbolizing the original state of the world. If you keep the Buddhist material in mind, you will easily understand what is presented here.
In the same way, when we get out of the way of the Tao in meditation It will flow forth and flood our life and consciousness with Its transforming power and light.

Energy is the mother of spirit, spirit is the child of energy; mind and breathing keeping together is like child and mother meeting.
When stillness climaxes, you breathe out, like fish in a spring pond; when movement climaxes, you breathe in, like insects going into hibernation” (The Mysterious Female). This is because breathing comes from mind, when the mind is quiet the breathing is harmonious. Buddha said, ‘Place the mind on one point, and everything can be done.’ If the mind tends to run off, then unify it by means of the breath, if the breath tends to become rough, then use the mind to make it subtle. If you do not practice for a day, then you are a ghost for a day; if you do practice for a single breath, then you are a realized immortal for a breath. With every breath returning to the beginning of creation thus means the breathing staying with the mind.
The Celestial Worthy of the Tao and its Power is mostly regarded as the primogenitor of Taoism, Lao Zi. On his left side is the Celestial Worthy of Numinous Treasure, who holds a hermaphrodite mirror, symbolizing the world that has just come out of the muddleheaded status. When spirit and energy merge into one, after a long period of close intimacy this produces great stabilization. Watch for your energy to become peaceful and harmonious; real people enter concentration herein. Without the breath, the embryo does not form, without the spirit, the breathing has no master” (The Medicinal Substances). Nothing compares to making the affliction itself into medicine, which means to have mind and breath rest on each other” (4:2, 3, 5).
On the right side is Celestial Worthy of the Tao and its Power, who holds a fan that is painted with a hermaphrodite mirror, symbolizing the beginning status when the world was first created.
The supreme sage Lao Tzu, speaking as the voice of the Tao, tells us that undivided attention to the breath, letting it be spontaneous and subtle, enables us to become as infants.
The mechanism is in the breathing, but the mind alone knows you are breathing out and in; do not let the [outer] ears hear. In the Taoist art, the content about the status and paintings of Taoist Trinity is abundant.
We must let Tao be the Tao and carry us on to the perfection that is the entire purpose of the Tao. He then tells us that when we clear away all mind mirages, our consciousness shall be like a flawless crystal. I just become empty and stay quiet, that is all.” This should be kept in mind while reading the other sections that speak of tuning the breath. When you do not hear it [physically], the breathing is subtle, and when breathing is subtle, the mind is clear.…The mind should be kept on the breathing. We are ourselves part of the Tao, so Taoist yoga is intelligent and skillful undoing and unmaking. This verse may also be a reference to “womb breathing” mentioned in texts cited later on in this chapter. Anapanasati–known in Taoism as Uniting Intention With Breath–is the way to live in and as the Tao.
Womb breathing is internal breathing, the movement of the subtle breath that occurs in the womb before the child is born and begins breathing through the lungs.
It is the light of the eyes spontaneously shining, the eyes only looking inward and not outward. Not looking outward yet being alert is inward looking; it is not that there really is such a thing as looking inward.
It is the light of the ears spontaneously listening, the ears only listening inward and not outward.
Not listening outward yet being alert is inward listening; it is not that there really is such a thing as listening inward.

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