Self-study of Daoist gongfu causes great harm

The below text is a translation by Tianma of a post of Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang on his Chinese language blog “Daojia Qianfeng Xingming Shuangxiu de boke” (道家千峰性命双修的博客) or ‘Daoist Qianfeng Double Cultivation of Essential Nature and Eternal Life blog’.

Daoist neidan gongfu is a Chinese heritage in classical yangsheng (养生) or health preservation writings, which are different from other yangsheng writings. Daoist neidan gongfu has several thousand years of history, including the wuxing (五行) or five elemental phases, yishu (医术) or medicine, tianwen (天文) or astronomy, dili (地理) or geography, bagua (八卦) and so on, making up a good deal of culture. Nowadays gradually more and more people like and show interest in Zhonghua Dan Dao (中华丹道) or the Chinese Way of the Elixer. This benefits both the country and the people, which is a good thing.

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In recent years a lot of neidan gongfu friends come to me to Qianfeng cottage, for an exchange about what they have learned through their practice; but only to find out a terrible thing. The majority of the people read about the Daoist practice, they don’t have a master but rely on books. Considering themselves intelligent, they cultivate in a rush and practice blindly.
They don’t know that this family internal alchemy practice is of a very strict nature. Already the slightest error (cha zhi hao li差之毫厘) will put you off track immensely (a thousand li千里). The majority of my friends practice resulting in the emergance of Yin Shen (阴神). This is a very terrible matter, but also Yang Qi (阳气) is not supplementing a harmonious mixing of Yin and Yang.
On the contrary, each day is wasted away; they lose their mind, essence, qi and physical strength, their sleep is badly affected. Furthermore they are deluded, believing having attained profound states, some already crossed a critical point and so on. That they come to my cottage for verification through the Daoist Method of exploration of the qi, is very ridiculous; it is entirely their own delusional gongfu.

In fact the Daoist family gongfu is very strict and doesn’t allow for the slightest deviation. Cultivators must not rush the cultivation and practice blindly. When talking about the Dao through his lineage, Qianfeng elderly Zhao Bi Chen said that not meeting a genuine master is very foolish. Spending time in clever books, looking for words about mysterious uninhabited places, cultivating blindly in a rush, in the end turns out to be fruitless.
Apprentices who enter the door of an authentic tradition need to have a virtuous heart, to be sincere towards the Dao and not to act smart. To obtain a master’s approval to help skillfully open the gate. Opening up the whole body, closing the orifices and dispelling disease to strengthen the body and build up the health. Then afterwards, there is a very long study of the practice. In this process ones nature will only be transformed through great effort; only then there are good results.

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Qianfeng Cottage, Zhao Ming Wang (赵明旺)

Original Chinese blog post July 29, 2015

自学道家功夫害处大

道家内丹功夫是中华传承的一部经典养生著作,他不同于其他养生小数。道家内丹功夫是一部拥有几千年的历史,包括五行、医术、天文地理、八卦等等诸多文化组成。如今爱好中华丹道养生者逐渐多了起来,这是一件利国利民的好事。
近几年有不少爱好内丹功夫的朋友来到草堂交流练功心得,发现一个可怕的事情,有一大部分人看书修炼,没有师父就是自己按书中所说,自认聪慧忙修瞎练,可不知道家内丹养生功夫的严谨性。差之毫厘远之千里,有一大部分朋友炼到阴神出现。这是很可怕是事情,不但没有阳气增补阴阳调和,相反日渐消瘦,神魂迷茫,精气、体力、睡眠严重受到影响。还有幻想者,认为自己练到高深境界达到马阴藏相,有的已经过了大关等等,来我草堂验证用道家探气法验证很可笑,完全是自己幻想之功夫。
其实道家的功夫是很严谨的,来不得一点偏差希望爱好者不要忙修瞎练。千峰老人赵避尘在传法时言道,不遇真师瞎胡闹,再过聪明书上找玄妙之处无人言,忙修瞎练到了空。真传入门弟子要有德善之心,真心向道不耍小聪明。得到师父认可帮他开关展巧,打开周身关窍祛病强身,然后是漫长的学习练功过程,只有在心性上转变努力练功才有收获。

千峰草堂:赵明旺