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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

By Yanling Johnson

Image This translation of the great Daoist Chen Yingning is long overdue! It is a great honor for me to write an introduction for this Daoist guru and I hope more of his many valuable writings will be introduced to the West in the near future.

           

By Yanling Johnson

This translation of the great Daoist Chen Yingning is long overdue! It is a great honor for me to write an introduction for this Daoist guru and I hope more of his many valuable writings will be introduced to the West in the near future.

A reference to the Daoist Immortal School of the present, Chen had no alternative but to do an excerpt on only one part of the “Immortality” lineage as a science project, hoping to get society’s attention. The School of Immortality was originated by the Yellow Emperor more than 5,000 years ago, and has branched out into several lineages according to Chen’s book. Unfortunately the Immortality School and its lineages have become on the verge of being wiped out during the recent century, when western influences took over much of the traditional culture.

Chinese ancestors believe that humans, nature and the universe share an energy, which they call qi. Along with some Daoists, the Chinese scientists and researchers in the 80’s and 90’s[S1] had tried to discover the mystery of qi. And in the process, many of them became qigong practitioners and a few even became enlightened.
Daoism emphasizes both qi and xin (heart+mind; consciousness) because xin is the qi. The indication of xin and qi as “two in one” is found in almost everything in Chinese culture relating to life. Without qi there is no xin, so then there won’t be intuition; without qi there is no life. Since there is not a language that can exactly describe this perfect, vital qi origin within each living person, Daoism used “-” to refer to it, as in the book of the I Ching. In terms of Buddhism, this is called the “Buddha nature.” To explain this in a more modern sense, we may think that the lineages of qigong, taiji, and Confucianism, as well as Buddhism, all are tools for us to choose from, used to repair the connection of intuition between the brain and xin (heart+mind) and the body, and so on, all about how to follow the Natural Law. This is what this book about: teaching the practitioner how to bring self heart+mind in harmony with self “-,” which is to harmonize with the natural law.

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