Many thanks for your interest in this very special journey to sacred Mount Wudang and its renowned Taoism treasure, Wudang Taoist internal alchemy study!
1. Mt. Wudang and Its Taoist Internal Alchemy Evolution
Wudang Mountain, the famous scenery destination in China, whose perimeter is over 800 km, full of beautiful mountains and primeval forests, was always regarded as the meeting place between heaven and earth. The charming scenery and the legendary stories had been invariably inducing many Taoists and hermits in the history of China to come for cultivating inner elixir for longevity and enduring health well-being, physically and mentally. In a long run in history, Wudang Mountain was regarded as the origin place of primitive China Taoism.
Many Taoism famous alchemy practitioners once were very active in Mount Wudang. The number one God to be worshipped here is Zhen Wu (The Turtle God). In the old recordings available up to now people can find that Zhen Wu was once a prince of a state called Jing Loe. From very young he preferred to read religious scriptures and lost interest to become an emperor. When aged 15 he bade his parents and went to Mt. Wudang to practice alchemy. During the following forty years he experienced innumerable difficulties and finally became an immortal. Therefore, Wudang Taoism is one sect characteristic of worshipping Zhen Wu God in the circle of China Taoism. At present, the Immortal-converting Cave still hangs half way down the Southern Cliff, beckoning resolute practitioners to follow his footsteps.
In the book Zhen Hao written by Tao Hong Jing there carries a recording that Yee Xee and Yee Gui in Zhou Dynasty, the first and second disciples of Lao Tzi, practiced Taoist alchemy in Wudang. Their master Lao Tzi also visited his disciples once upon a time.
Chen Tuan is another very famous alchemist in the history. In around A.D. 950 he began to practice inner alchemy in mount Wudang which lasted almost 20 years. He created Five-dragon sleeping Qigong form and later moved to Huan Shan. Nowadays people still can find the cave where he practiced alchemy and read scriptures. He had written lots of poem and calligraphy work and people can enjoy them up to now.
Lu Dong Bing is very renowned in Western world for his legendary tales and magic power. He is one figure in the popular Eight Immortal legend. Lu Dong Bing wrote many poem in praise of the pretty scenery and quietitude of Mt. Wudang. He also finished writing many inner alchemy books when he stayed in Wudang. One is titled Personal Experience for Cultivating Elixir.
Zhang Shanfeng is a mysterious Taoist in Ming Dynasty. Due to his efforts the physical Kung Fu and inner alchemy practice combined together and therefore Wudang Inner Kungfu Fu came into its fame. Zhang Shanfeng created Tai Chi Chuan, Ba Gua Chang and Shing-I Chuan here in the Tai Tzi Cave, not far away from Purple Heaven Palace. In fact, his inner alchemy attainment mattered much more in comparison with his credit of Kung Fu creation. He wrote many inner alchemy poem and articles which are still very popular in inner alchemy circle. His poem A Tree Without Root is much often quoted in many articles and books. Elixir Cultivation Direct Revelation and Tai Chi Skills in Cultivating Elixir are very famous nowadays.
The medicine King Shun Si Miao was once a famous Taoist and hermit. He stayed in Mt. Wudang many years for alchemy practice and disease treatment and did herbs picking and digging. In Chinese medicine theory and practice, his book The Typhoid Fever Treatise is so important that almost all TCM students have to learn it for advanced understanding upon complicated diseases.
During the Song Dynasty, Wudang Taoism had developed into considerable size, forming its own organization frame and many Taoist buildings in setting. Till now upon the day of Zhenwu' birthday and immortal-converting date, pious people from nearby provinces would come here in endless groups worshipping Wudang Mountain from all directions.
Wudang Taoism evolved to reach the most prosperous stage in the Ming Dynasty. Cheng Emperor, Zhu-Li gave orders to emphatically enhance and develop Wudang Taoism after he was crown to become the emperor. He gave all the related orders by himself, personally, concerned about the reconnaissance and design of Taoist buildings, sent qualified officials to supervise the project, gave consideration to the Taoists' cultivation. When the construction project drew to the end, there standed many immense buildings on both sides of the 140-km old road leading to the Golden Peak.
2. Wudang Taoist Internal Alchemy Workshops 2017
It is with this spirit of history, practice and exploration of Taoist Practice on Mount Wudang that we hold our special workshop in September 10-24, 2017.
Thus kind of training on Mt. Wudang has been in the place between 2003- 2016 and has been regarded as a very special offering by organizer Wudang Taoist Kungfu Academy, Wudang Taoist Association and prominent Taoism masters Hu Xuezhi, Master Chang Mingshan, Master Zhang Jiali and teaching assistant Sonia (from Italy). Yes, here we offer a complete learning solution for the Taoist study covering Taoist Daoyin, Taoist Internal Alchemy, Taoism and Buddhism theory, as well as I-Ching and Tai Chi Chuan. By mastering this arts people can not only gain the in-depth understanding on the hows and whats of mundane means but also the know-how of transmundane means which leads to the eventual enlightenment.
The practice of what is commonly referred to as "Qigong" is the first stage of practice in Taoist Internal Alchemy training. Qigong can be regarded as an art of discovering and mastering the Qi or Vital Energy -- Qigong seeks to open the Energy Meridian System in the body, purify the Qi, store the Qi and bring energy system back into a state of harmony – giving one greater heath and balance in life. This is a very important first step in the study of Taoist internal alchemy.
In higher levels in the practice of Nei Tan (Taoist Internal Alchemy), we are able to uncover an "Inner Medicine." This "Inner Medicine" is able to uproot the direct cause of all disease and give practitioners a wonderful sense of happiness and peacefulness. Yet, people are always making great efforts in searching for medicine externally, rather than searching something within. The art of Taoist Internal Alchemy is a journey within -- discovering the Original Innate Nature and Essence of our True Self – gaining Health, Vitality, and Harmony. We hope that people who have given up hope to recover from their chronic disease will join us in this special training course.
There are many wonderful benefits derived from practicing Taoist Internal Alchemy, Taoist Daoyin and Qigong, and they may be generalized into the following five categories:
- 1. Expanding the mind and intellect / balancing the emotions / developing wisdom.
- 2. Overcoming illness / self healing /
- 3. Spiritual cultivation / Development of the innate nature/ Release from bondage.
- 4. Enhanced masculinity /
- 5. Enhancing internal force / inner strength
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You Journey Forever with the Tao!