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Chinese Alchemy & The School of Complete Reality

A 'beginners mind' introduction to some of the ancient Eastern traditions that are still used today.

In an effort to find similarities with Western alchemy,

and further our understanding and appreciation of the more Mystic side of Taoism.

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The Shamanic Great Goddess of China

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Neidan & Taoist Internal Alchemy

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The Sword and the Mystic Circle

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Jung and The Secret of the Golden Flower

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Comment by Nemo on January 13, 2017 at 3:19pm

Gathering The Mind

Before our body existed,

One energy was already there.

Like jade, more lustrous as it's polished,

Like gold, brighter as it's refined.

Sweep clear the ocean of birth and death,

Stay firm at the door of total mastery.

A particle of open awareness,

The gentle firing is warm.

Sun Bu-er

Immortal Sisters    Secrets Of Taoist Women- Trans. Thomas Cleary

Comment by sav on October 22, 2016 at 11:30am

Comment by Nemo on December 16, 2015 at 4:34pm

To know Tao
meditate
and still the mind.
Knowledge comes with perseverance.

The Way is neither full nor empty;
... a modest and quiet nature understands this.
The empty vessel, the uncarved block;
nothing is more mysterious.

When enlightenment arrives
don't talk too much about it;
just live it in your own way.
With humility and depth, rewards come naturally.

The fragrance of blossoms soon passes;
the ripeness of fruit is gone in a twinkling.
Our time in this world is so short,
better to avoid regret:
Miss no opportunity to savor the ineffable.

Like a golden beacon signaling on a moonless night,
Tao guides our passage through this transitory realm.
In moments of darkness and pain
remember all is cyclical.
Sit quietly behind your wooden door:
Spring will come again.

Loy Ching-Yuen

Comment by Nemo on October 29, 2015 at 3:24pm

The Sword of Wisdom

Ever since the adepts handed on
The secret of the sword,
The true imperative has been upheld
Completely, truly adamant.

If someone asks me about 
Looking for its origin,
I say it is not ordinary iron.
This lump of iron
Comes from receptive stillness;
When you obtain it, it rises up.

Forging it in a glowing fire,
Through repeated efforts
It is refined
And forged into steel.

When students of the Tao
Know this secret,
The spirit of light is intensely powerful,
And devils of darkness vanish.

The subtle function of spiritual work
Is truly hard to measure;
I now give an explanation for you.
In telling you about it
I divulge the celestial mechanism.

Setting to work when one yang comes back,
First have the six yangs pump the furnace bellows;
Then the six yins work the tongs and hammer.
When the work of firing is complete,
It produces the sword;
When it is first done,
It flashes like lightning.

Brandish it horizontally
And a cold clear breeze arises;
Hold it upright,
And the shining bright moon appears.
Auspicious light illumines heaven and earth;
Sprites and ghosts are distressed.

It stops turbidity, brings out clarity,
Sweeps away weird defilements;
It slays volatility,
Cuts down aggressiveness,
Destroys monsters:
Influences draining away
Vitality, energy and spirit
All vanish in the light of the sword.

Entanglements are cut off, rumination dies down,
And the web of feelings is rent asunder.
Where the spiritual edge is aimed, mountains crumble;
The demon kinds of mundane planes are all routed.

This precious sword fundamentally has no form;
The name is set up because it has spiritual effect.
Learning the Tao and practicing reality
Depend on this sword:
Without this sword,
The Tao cannot be achieved.

Opening up the vast darkness,
Distinguishing heaven and earth,
Dissolving obstructions, transmuting objects -
All is included.
If you ask me to show it to you,
I bring it out before you -
Do you understand or not?

- The Book of Balance and Harmony
Translated by Thomas Cleary, 1989, p. 115-117

Comment by Nemo on October 27, 2015 at 5:31pm

One Small Token

As night's dark blanket envelopes me

I take comfort in her grand canopy

Always wondering about her wheres and her whys

As she travels across the celestial sky

A light reflected like day time at noon

Is the silver mandala we know as the moon

And while a young fawn sleeps nearer the flower

A milky way spills over the sky every hour

From the quiet a loon sings a song for the season

Its own 'nature keeps time with a rhyme and a reason'

Pray, let this sleep take my thoughts far away

And allow these few dreams to help shape the next day

As I go deeper and darker to places of wonder

Cradle my head and my heart while I slumber

Tangled with roots where secrets are kept

I find my own footsteps where my ancestors slept

If I should think of you while the moons' overhead

What more could I ask if my soul leaves the bed

And this will be done when we laugh...when we weep

When we say our good nights and our eyes close to sleep

Nemo

 

Comment by Nemo on May 27, 2015 at 9:10am

Teaching of Sun Bu-er (Thomas Cleary, translator)

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. 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. 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. I just become empty and stay quiet, that is all. Once the true breath stirs, the Mysterious Pass [to enlightenment] is not far away. If you progress in practice with this in mind, you may be expected to have constructed the foundation soon.’”

In The Womb Breath Sun Bu-er wrote: “Attentively guard the spiritual medicine [of immortality]; with every breath return to the beginning of the creative,” and Chen Yingning says: “The spiritual medicine is subtle being, and subtle being means true breathing. So attentively guarding the spiritual medicine means keeping the attention on the breathing. The beginning of creation is true openness, and true openness is the awareness of Tao. With every breath returning to the beginning of creation thus means the breathing staying with the mind. Even if beginners can keep mind and breath together, because they have not done it for long, they again separate; when one reaches the womb breath, then mind and breath are always together.”

The Convergence and the Fire: “At the point where the womb breath is continuous, you should distinguish the beginnings of movement and stillness.”

Grafting the Medicine: “Gazing at the nose, one takes in pure positive energy.” Chen Yingning: “This statement is about the real work by which one can transcend the ordinary and become a sage;…. According to this method, the breath of Heaven and humanity is a continuum, flowing back and forth. Humans live on the breath given by Heaven, and they die when Heaven takes the breath away again.…Master Qiu of the Eternal Spring said, ‘If you can keep your attention continually on your breath, you will change your body so that in it jade liquid [–immortality; the Tao–] will flow.’”

Comment by Nemo on April 27, 2015 at 5:41pm

Bo-yang (and his white dog) entered the mountains to make efficacious medicines. With him were three disciples, two of whom he thought were lacking in complete faith. When the medicine was made, he tested them. He said, "The gold medicine is made, but it ought first to be tested on the dog. If no harm comes to the dog, we may take it ourselves; but if the dog dies of it, we ought not to take it. Bo-yang fed the medicine to the dog, and the dog died an instantaneous death. Whereupon he said, "The medicine is not yet done. The dog has died of it. Doesn't this show the divine light has not been attained? If we take it ourselves, I am afraid we shall go the same way as the dog. What is to be done?" The disciples asked, "Would you take it yourself, Sir?" To this Bo-yang replied, "I have abandoned the worldly route and forsaken my home to come here. I should be ashamed to return if I could not attain immortality. So to live without trying the medicine would be just the same as to die of the medicine. I must take it." With these final words he put the medicine in his mouth and died instantly.

On seeing this, one of the disciples said, "Our teacher was no common person. He took the medicine and died of it. He must have done that with special intention." The disciple also took the medicine and died. The other two disciples said to one another, "The purpose of making this medicine is to attempt at attaining longevity. Now the taking of medicine has caused deaths. It would be better not to take the medicine and to be able to live a few decades longer." They left the mountain together without taking the medicine, intending to get burial supplies for their teacher and their fellow disciple.

After the departure of the two disciples, Bo-yang revived. He placed some of the well-concocted medicine in the mouth of the disciple and in the mouth of the dog. In a few minutes they both revived. He took the disciple, whose name was Yu, and the dog, and went the way of the immortals. By a wood-cutter whom they met, he sent a letter of thanks to the two disciples. The two disciples were filled with regret when they read the letter.             

Complete Biographies Of The Immortals     Bo-yang

Comment by Nemo on April 11, 2015 at 1:04pm

Liu Ming translator

Comment by Nemo on April 10, 2015 at 5:38pm

 

Maintain a gentle daily practice
To help balance out the day
And enjoy then that same experience
Of your essence along the way
When we recognize that these footprints
Are none other than our own
We now accept the path we're on
And call it then our home

 

Comment by Nemo on April 10, 2015 at 5:31pm

The same mantric seed words, Om Ah Hum (mind, heart, belly) used in the Guanyin mantra Om mani padme Hum in Buddhism, representing purified or enlightened Qi (purple, upper cinnabar field), shen spirit (gold-yello, heart), and jing (bright white, wisdom, yin, belly, female ) are brought down and refined into one in the belly.
 
 
 

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