Harmonizing Yin and Yang: The Dragon-tiger Classic

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Eva Wong
Shambhala Publications, 1997 - Philosophy - 146 pages
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To age with the sun and moon and be renewed by spring and summer, to conserve the seeds of growth in autumn and winter and to be nourished by the eternal breath of the Tao--these are the goals of the Taoist alchemists, the masters of the arts of health, longevity, and immortality.

This book is a translation of a concise Taoist alchemical manual known as the Dragon-Tiger Classic, along with its two most important commentaries. The classic, written in ancient times by an unknown author and published during the fifteenth century BCE, is regarded by contemporary Taoist practitioners as the most complete guide to spiritual transformation. It covers the three forms of Taoist practice:

   *  External alchemy, concerned with the ingestion of minerals, herbs, and other substances to attain health, longevity, and immortality
   *  Sexual alchemy, in which the practitioner uses the energy of a sexual partner to cultivate his or her own energy
   *  Internal alchemy, the practice of meditation, calisthenics, and yogic postures to cultivate mind and body


An extensive introduction by the translator and the inclusion of two commentaries by traditional Chinese authors aid the reader in understanding this concise, symbolic text.
 

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Contents

PART
31
The Chamber of the Spirit Is the Pivot of the Elixir
33
Yang Exits and Yin Enters
36
Control Comes from the Ruler
41
The Numerics of Kan and Li Are One and Two
44
Hardness and Softness Embrace
48
The Transformation of the Spirit Is Patterned after the Hexagrams Chi and Wei
51
Water and Fire Have Their Own Territory
55
Regulate the Fire for Sixty Days
100
The First Fires Are Small and Warm
103
PART THREE
107
Begin the Work in the Chamber of the Spirit
109
The Vapor of Yang Activates Kun
111
The Glorious Dome Covers the Top
113
Earth in the Central Palace Is Tempered by Fire
116
Earth Guards the Central Palace
119

Set Up Positions in the Chamber of the Spirit
58
Substance and Nonsubstance Control Each Other
62
Instructions Are Not Given Superfluously
65
The Fire of Metal Is the True Lead
70
It Becomes Subtle and Moist Bright and Shiny
76
The Mysterious Woman Unfolds the Process
79
PART
81
In Revealing the Nature of the Elixir
83
Initially Kun Is Transformed into Chen
89
In Sixteen Days They Diminish
92
Chien and Kun Are at the Beginning and the End
96
When Water Is Coupled with Earth
123
The Best Metal Is Initially White
125
Substance and Nonsubstance Subdue Each Other
127
Refine the Silver in the Lead
129
Silver Is the Mother of Lead
133
Grain Is the Essence of Metal
136
Something Rises from the Sphere
138
Lodestone and Metal Are Attracted to Each Other
141
The Emphasis on the Firing Process Is Not Empty Talk
143
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