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Excerpt from Refining the Elixir

This blog post presents the Conclusion section to Stuart Alve Olson’s introductory material in his book Refining the Elixir: The Internal Alchemy Teachings of Taoist Immortal Zhang Sanfeng © 2016 by Stuart Alve Olson. Refining the Elixir The whole process of internal alchemy, especially in the structure Zhang Sanfeng presents, is really not that complicated. If we look at it […]

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Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove 7-Part Series

竹 林 七 賢 Zhu Lin Qi Xian The Seven Sages (or Worthies) of the Bamboo Grove were a group of third century CE Taoist scholars, writers, and musicians who opposed Confucianism, adhering to the philosophies of Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi. Their history and story is really well told in this remarkable film production by […]

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Red Envelope Offerings

Over the years we’ve had many students question the purpose of using red envelopes in making offerings, gifts, and donations to others, so here’s a brief explanation of this practice. “Red envelope” (紅包, Hong Bao) literally translates as “red package.” They are traditionally used in Chinese culture for the giving of money at New Year, […]

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The Yellow Court Illumination Teachings

This overview provides some explanation and history on the Yellow Court Scripture so that students will have some idea of the goal for learning it. The reason for practicing these teachings is to become an immortal, so it is important to understand what immortality means to a Daoist. In the term “Immortality” (Xian), the Chinese ideogram […]

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Record of the Celestials

天 文 錄 Tian Wen Lu Translation Copyright © 2014 by Stuart Alve Olson. From the Chinese book Non Action Tranquil Sitting Methods (無為靜坐法, Wu Wei Jing Zuo Fa) compiled by Master Xu Zhenru (徐真如. Xu Zhenru). Derived from the work compiled by Hunyizi (混一子).  Published and printed by Zhen Shan Mei Book Company, Republic […]

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Thoughts on the Tao De Jing

When a person of high learning hears about the Dao, they practice it diligently. When a person of mediocre learning hears about the Dao, they hear it but don’t really listen to it. When a person of inferior learning hears about the Dao, they laugh about it loudly. If the Dao was not laughed at, […]

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The Dao of Longevity by Li Qingyun

The secret to entering the Dao of Longevity consists of ten methods: Seated Contemplation Settling the Mind Refining Your Nature Transcending Realms Sincerity and Reverence Cutting Off Affinities Controlling Thoughts Simplifying Daily Activities Maintaining Proper Views Entering Tranquility To speak about lengthening a person’s life, you must first have an adequate understanding of these ten […]

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