word meditation comes from Latin and it means "to think about"
or "thoughtful contemplation." The term meditation as known
in the West, differs slightly in the Taoist system.
Chuang Tse called meditation as "mental fasting," to which
simply the Chinese call it "to seat quiet without doing nothing,"
as physical fasting purifies the essences of the body, in the same
way mental fasting or meditation purifies the mind and restores the
original powers of the spirit, eliminating all the thoughts and the
emotions that distract and disturb the mind.
Master Tien calls meditation, "To clean the dust of the mirror
of the mind, so that reflects back like the first day."
physical and mental fasting, the processes of cleansing and purification
are automatic, but the necessary condition to activate this process
of regaining youth, is to empty the body and the mind during certain
number of minutes a day.
seat in silence in a clean and tranquil room, with straight back,
stopping all mental activity to preserve the spiritual energy and
to stop thought.
slightly closed, but allowing some light to attract the Yang energy
(with closed eyes would be the Yin energy.) With the sight towards
the nose, (the eyes watch the nose, the nose watches the Heart and
the Heart watches the Tan Tien.)
the spirit in the interior without paying attention to outer noises.
the tip of the tong pressing on the palate to unite the Control and
place hands in the Taoist position (see figure) the tip of the right
thumb must press the left palm and the left thumb the right palm;
the right hand grabs the left thumb, and the left hand takes the right
hand to unite the channels of the Yin and the Yang; the hands form
the symbol of the Yin and the Yang. This hand position is for the
man, for the woman the left hand grabs the right thumb and the right
hand takes to the left. Yin and Yang channels in man are opposite
to those of the woman.
here breathe with the Dan Tien very slowly and feel the breathing
but not like a sensation, but like a feeling.
this state at least 20 minutes--although the Master recommends at
least two hours.
do hands positions are opposite between man and woman in the Taoist
is Yang, and woman is Yin. The left hand of man is Yang and the right
hand of woman is Yang. The Yang surrounds the Yin. The Yang is on
the outside and the Yin in the inside. For that reasons the left hand
of man surrounds the right hand and the reverse in woman.
Tan-yang and Sun Pu-erh asked Wang Chung-yang on meditation and he
meditation thought must stop. When the ego is dead, the spirit emerges.
When you feel like it, seat on a cushion. Loosen your clothes. In
the Tzu hour [11:00 p.m. - 01:00 a.m.] cross your legs smoothly and
seat facing the east. Hands together put them in front of the body.
The back must be straight. Tighten the teeth and swallow saliva. Place
the tong on palate. You must listen in alert, but without being united
to the sounds. Let the eyelids fall, but do not close your eyes. Concentrate
in the light that you see in front of you and in the lower Tantien.
In meditation it is very important not to think. If thoughts arise,
the spirit will not be pure and your efforts to cultivate will not
take to anything. In addition, leave aside all feelings. As soon as
feelings arise, the heart is not calm and is impossible to profit
from the Tao. Seat in a cushion and you could seat for a long time
without feeling tired.
Chung-yang went on:
your clothes so that the movement of the internal energy is not limited.
The hour of Tzu is when the first ray of Yang appears. You must face
the east because the breath of the life flows from the east at the
hour of first Yang. With hands united in the Tai-Chi symbol, because
it symbolizes the vacuity of the form. Seat with the straight back,
because only with a vertical spine can the energy ascend to the head.
Close the mouth and place the tong on palate so that the internal
energy does not dissipate. The ear is related to the generative energy.
If connected the sound, you dissipate that energy. I do not close
your eyes, because the light that enters shines in your spirit. If
you close the eyes, the spirit will be grown dark. If you open them
too much, the spirit will escape. Therefore, you must lower the eyelids,
but without closing them. Concentrate in the Tantien as if it reflected
the light of your eyes in him, because here it is the mystery of all
the things. Reduce speech, because there the vital energy is preserved.
Give rest to your ears, because the generating energy is preserved.
Dissolve the thoughts to preserve the spiritual energy. When all these
energies no longer dissipate, you will reach immortality.
Tan-yang and Sun Pu-erh thanked Wang Chung-yang for the instructions
and he added:
remain in the way of the Tao requires discipline. It is necessary
to take this serious knowledge and practice it at any time. Otherwise,
although you know what to do, you will obtain nothing.