Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal: The Eight Essential Exercises of Master Li Ching-yun

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 179 pages
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The first English translation of Master Li Ching-yun's teachings on the Eight Brocades, the central practice of qigong.

• Explains the physical and spiritual benefits of the Eight Brocades and offers step-by-step instructions for this powerful sequence of postures.

• 85 illustrations highlight the postures and philosophies.

• Author's commentary provides insight and depth to the original translation.

Throughout history Taoists have promoted the development and restoration of the Three Treasures-- body, breath, and spirit--through the gentle practice of qigong. At the center of the qigong practice are the Eight Brocades, a series of postures that developed during the 3,000-year Taoist quest for longevity and vitality. Now qigong expert Stuart Olson translates into English Master Li Ching-yun's treasured teachings on the Eight Brocades. One of the most famous qigong masters of this century, Master Li Ching-yun is reliably chronicled to have lived more than 250 years, during which he practiced the Eight Brocades on a daily basis. His longevity and personal endorsements attest to and validate the Eight Brocades as the quintessence of Taoist health and qigong practices.

With Master Li Ching-yun's original teachings as a guide, Stuart Olson presents an authentic yet accessible approach to this unique practice. Each exercise is accompanied by original text from Master Li, step-by-step instructions for each posture, illustrations of the positions, and insights on theory and practice. Because the Eight Brocades are the foundation of all qigong, this book provides valuable advice for all practitioners, regardless of the style they practice or the depth of their experience.
 

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Contents

The Arts of Nourishing Life
4
Abdominal Breathing
8
THE THREE TREASURES
11
Ching
14
Qi
16
Shen
21
THE EIGHT BROCADES THE PHYSICAL PRACTICE THE TRADITIONAL METHOD WITH COMMENTARIES
23
AUTHORS INTRODUCTION TO THE EIGHT BROCADES
24
Authors Instructions
86
SUPPORTING HEAVEN
88
The Original Text
89
Li Chingyuns Commentary
90
Authors Instructions
97
GRASPING WITH HOOKS
100
The Original Text
101
Li Chingyuns Commentary
102

The Development of the Eight Brocades
25
Practicing and Finding a Teacher
27
Li Chingyun
30
The Methods of the Eight Diagram Active Kung
35
Secrets of the Eight Brocades
40
THE HEAVENLY DRUM
50
The Original Text
51
Li Chingyuns Commentary
52
Authors Instructions
59
SHAKE THE HEAVENLY PILLAR
64
The Original Text
65
Li Chingyuns Commentary
66
Authors Instructions
68
THE RED DRAGON STIRS THE SEA
72
The Original Text
73
Li Chlngyuns Commentary
74
Authors Instructions
78
THE SINGLE PASS WINDLASS
82
The Original Text
83
Li Chingyuns Commentary
84
Authors Instructions
103
CONCLUDING EXERCISES AND COMMENTS
107
The Original Text
108
Li Chingyuns Commentary
110
Authors Instructions
116
Li Chingyuns Concluding Comments
118
SUMMARY OF INSTRUCTIONS
121
THE LESSER HEAVENLY CIRCUIT THE SPIRITUAL PRACTICE THREE INTERRELATED TECHNIQUES
125
Development of the Lesser Heavenly Circuit
126
The Eight Subtle Meridians
135
Methods for SelfMassage
143
INTERNALLY OPENING THE EIGHT SUBTLE Qi CAVITIES
149
The Eight Subtle Qi Cavities
153
THE LESSER HEAVENLY CIRCUIT
157
SUMMARY OF INSTRUCTIONS
160
SUGGESTED READING
163
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
165
INDEX
166
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal
The Eight Essential Exercises of Master Li Ching-yun

Acknowledgments 
Introduction

Part 1
The Development of Qigong
Taoist Longevity Practices and the Three Treasures
Taoist Longevity practices
Arts of Nourishing Life
Abdominal Breathing
The Three Treasures
Ching
Qi
Shen

Part 2
The Eight Brocades--The Physical Practice
The Traditional Method, with Commentaries
Author's Introduction to the Eight Brocades
The Development of the Eight Brocades
Practicing and Finding a Teacher
Li Ching-yun
Li Ching-yun's Introduction to the Original Text of the Eight Brocades
The Methods of the Eight Diagram Active Kung
Secrets of the Eight Brocades
The First Brocade: The Heavenly Drum
The Original Text
Li Ching-yun's Commentary
Author's Instructions
The Second Brocade: Shake the Heavenly Pillar
The Original Text
Li Ching-yun's Commentary
Author's Instructions
The Third Brocade: The Red Dragon Stirs the Sea
The Original Text
Li Ching-yun's Commentary
Author's Instructions
The Fourth Brocade: Rub the Court of the Kidneys
The Original Text
Li Ching-yun's Commentary
Author's Instructions
The Fifth Brocade: The Single Pass Windlass
The Original Text
Li Ching-yun's Commentary
Author's Instructions
The Sixth Brocade: The Double Pass Windlass
The Original Text
Li Ching-yun's Commentary
Author's Instructions
The Seventh Brocade: Supporting Heaven
The Original Text
Li Ching-yun's Commentary
Author's Instructions
The Eighth Brocade: Grasping with Hooks
The Original Text
Li Ching-yun's Commentary
Author's Instructions
Concluding Exercises and Comments
Concluding Exercises: The Original Text
Li Ching-yun's Commentary
Author's Instructions
Concluding Comments
Appendix to Part 2: Summary of Instructions

Part 3
The Lesser Heavenly Circuit--The Spiritual Practice
Three Interrelated Techniques
Author's Introduction to the Lesser Heavenly Circuit
Development of the Lesser Heavenly Circuit
The First Regime: Externally Patting the Eight Subtle Meridians and
Twelve Cavities
The Eight Subtle Meridians
The Twelve Cavities--Methods for Self-Massage
The Second Regime: Internally Opening the Eight Subtle Qi Cavities
The Eight Subtle Qi Cavities
The Third Regime: The Lesser Heavenly Circuit
Appendix to Part 3: Summary of Instructions
Suggested Reading
About the Author

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