Harmonizing Yin and Yang: The Dragon-Tiger Classic

By Eva Wong

To age with the solar and moon and be renewed by means of spring and summer season, to preserve the seeds of development in autumn and iciness and to be nourished via the everlasting breath of the Tao-these are the objectives of the Taoist alchemists, the masters of the humanities of health and wellbeing, toughness, and immortality.

This booklet is a translation of a concise Taoist alchemical guide often called the Dragon-Tiger Classic, besides its most crucial commentaries. The vintage, written in precedent days through an unknown writer and released through the 15th century BCE, is seemed through modern Taoist practitioners because the so much entire advisor to non secular transformation. It covers the 3 different types of Taoist practice:

• exterior alchemy, fascinated by the ingestion of minerals, herbs, and different elements to realize wellbeing and fitness, durability, and immortality
• Sexual alchemy, within which the practitioner makes use of the strength of a sexual accomplice to domesticate his or her personal energy
• inner alchemy, the perform of meditation, calisthenics, and yogic postures to domesticate brain and body

An large advent by means of the translator and the inclusion of 2 commentaries by way of conventional chinese language authors relief the reader in figuring out this concise, symbolic textual content.

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There's an inch of vacancy within the heart. this can be the place the genuine mercury is born. The lord of the start supervises the refining of the Golden Elixir. The Pao-p’u-tzu says, “The lord of the start speaks, ‘I domesticate the elixir and turn into immortal. ’ Fu Hsi drew the pa-k’ua and Confucius defined the trend of adjustments. all of them understood the numerics of the sky and the earth. ” The Tsan-tung-chi says, “Confucius praised the hidden adjustments. Ch’ien and k’un frolic within the cavern of the void. ” The mysterious white provides delivery to the male of steel.

In case destiny generations of scholars do not realize, the foundations are defined back right here. If every little thing is known truly, cinnabar and mercury might be acquired with none attempt. Lead is drawn to cinnabar and mercury the way in which individuals are pulled jointly by way of emotions of affection. emotions originate inside of and are directed outdoors. equally, cinnabar and mercury are born internally and manifested externally. simply as feeling and internal nature are part of a man or woman, lead and mercury aren't exterior to the physique.

While it expands, it envelops either sky and earth. whilst it shrinks, it really is contained inside a section of hair. All residing issues are nourished through the primordial vapor. increasing, the vapor encloses all issues. Penetrating every thing, it creates and nurtures. It controls steel and water and circulates yin and yang. It beautifies all issues, and its variations be aware of no barriers. Its services are nice and refined. The enlightened ones used its sacred powers to domesticate the excellent medication. They accrued the essences of the sunlight and moon and controlled the water and fireplace.

And ends at ssu (9:00 to 11:00 A. M. ). The cycle of yin fireplace starts off at wu (11:00 A. M. to 1:00 P. M. ) and ends at hai (9:00 to 11:00 P. M. ). The per month cycle is split into halves. each one 1/2 the lunar month is subdivided extra into 3 sessions of 5 days every one. within the first half the month, yang fireplace waxes and yin hearth wanes. within the moment 1/2 the lunar month, yang fireplace wanes and yin fireplace waxes. on the finish of the month, the yin fireplace is at its top. while the recent moon arrives the following month, yang hearth is ready to start back.

Remodeling the bottom component to k’un, it generates the hexagram fu, which corresponds to the 9th day of the month. It turns into the root of stream of the six yang elements of the hexagrams. during this transformation, the 1st faint hint of yang is born. within the moment transformation, the hexagram turns into lin, because the vapor of yang starts off to maneuver. within the 3rd transformation, the hexagram turns into t’ai, and all issues emerge from the earth. within the fourth transformation, the hexagram turns into ta-ch’uang, and all issues mature and develop.

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