Learning the Daoist Sweating Ox exercise

Learning the Daoist Sweating Ox exercise:
Witnessing the magic of Daoist practice



Taoist Han Niu Gong pic

More than two weeks after having learned and practiced the Sweating Ox exercise (Han Niu Gong 汗牛功), I realized that this exercise is based on real knowledge. I was thinking back of the past, when I was looking everywhere for Daoist practices, visiting masters everywhere, but not finding what I was looking for.

Only touching the tip of the iceberg of the knowledge of the inner door Thousand Peaks school Elixer Way practicies, not only did I obtain quick results after starting the practice, but also my physical strength and energy level gradually improved.

In my spare time I like to put ‘pen to paper’ and produce various articles, to share the Chinese health culture with anyone who might be interested. My hope is that in this way I can be of help for fellow Elixer Way cultivators, so they don’t waste their time looking for ineffective methods, but quickly encounter master Zhao Ming Wang (赵明旺).

Wasting away years of lifetime traveling

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As we all know, the physical body is at it’s optimal health and youthfulness after puberty, between the age of 20 and 40. Around this time people’s energy is the most abundant and the physical body is at the peak of health and beauty. The majority of the people appear flowery and bright going through life, facing and interacting with society.

Just a moment ago they were minding their affairs, working hard for these 20 years, step by step doing the things that are expected to be done. However, between the age of 40 and 50 our body is tortured by the years and life’s activities, getting fat or becoming exhausted and skinny, obviously having the feeling that the energy level is not good. The appetite and libido decreasing, as well as high blood pressure, sickness of the heart or other organs, diabetes, kidney stones, prostatitis, male impotence, nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation and other illnesses coming one after the other.

Up until now life has been a struggle, surely this way we will encounter these results, that nobody will want to. What method is there that can for a rather long time keep up the period of youthfulness, of abundance of energy and vitality, thereby slowing down the aging process, dispelling illnesses and prolonging life? Since ancient times many people are concerned about this question, exploring ways to improve health and longevity. Taking medicine is of course the easiest, however the ‘immortality’ medicine that is suitable for everyone until now has yet not been found.

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Physical exercise is vital for our bodies to stay healthy, many people work out their body, promoting sports like running, mountaineering and swimming amongst other endurance sports, that for an extended period of time exercise the muscles. However, in time some people’s cardiovascular capability and breathing function doesn’t suit these intense sports, resulting in irregular heartbeat, lack of energy and other alike symptoms of failing health. If this kind of sport is not an appropriate method, in its course the body will be harmed. As a result for a sportsman with all it’s physical labor it will also be difficult to escape from the aging process and dying early. Furthermore participating in these sports  additionally requires having the venues and time; a lot of people don’t have these opporunities. In that case, what is a simple and easy method that everybody can do to work out? Actually the Daoists, in the course of thousands of years of practice, already long ago came up with some simple and easy ways, ways that actually work. The Sweating Ox exercise is just such a by comparison practical and very effective way.

The Daoist Sweating Ox exercise

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This year in the beginning of September I was chatting with good friend Yang Zhong (杨总).  Yang Zhong recently mentioned the decline of his energy as well as a married couple’s bedroom affairs not being anymore what they used to be. He inquired whether I hadn’t a secret medicine to restore his energy (restore his kidneys). I answered him bluntly, that his essence (jing 精) and energy (qi(气) levels (of his kidneys) were deficient. Relying on pharmaceuticals would only give a solution for a short while; if he was looking for a long term solution, he would need to turn to Daoist methods for restoring his deficiencies. Thereupon I recommended Yang Zhong to turn to master Zhao Ming Wang of the Beijing Thousand Peaks school (Beijing Qianfeng pai 北京千峰派).

Several days later Yang Zhong went to the Qianfeng school in Beijing, where master Zhao taught him the Sweating Ox exercise. Yang Zhong practiced this exercise only for several days, which was already enough to restore his morning erection, leaving him amazed. How was it possible to gain such fast resuts in just a few days?

Several months later, I also received instructions from master Zhao, for practicing this exercise. I deeply feel that this exercise is really marvellous. Afterwards master Zhao pointed out the profound secret of the exercise. I understood that if the energy of the body is feeling low and bedroom affairs are not how they used to be, the root cause is deficiency of the essence (jing) and energy (qi) levels of the kidneys. Restoring these levels and unblocking the two main energy channels of the body Ren mai (任脉) and Du mai (督脉), is of utmost importance.

The Sweating Ox exercise, by means of coordinating the breath with the movements, pulling up the back essence and energy along the du mai, into the muddy pellet palace (niwan gong 泥丸宫), as well as downwards the ren mai, like oxen pulling by the neck.

This exercise can clear the du and ren channels and is able to enhance energy levels much better, in comparison with running, weight lifting and these type of sports. If you’re engaging in external physical exercises focused on using the muscles, skin and bones, for the purpose of a method to supplement essence and energy, this is really an attempt to the impossible….

In the conversation with master Zhao, the master just pointed straight at the heart of the matter, a few words, clarifying the mystery I puzzled over for many years. Deeply moved in my heart: the bright master acting in this way, in order to transmit the Daoist teachings, instructing his students about the method and dissolving people’s doubts.

The Sweating Ox exercise is not only a method for supplementing essence and energy, but the exercise has also remarkable effects on slowly developing illnesses like prostatitis and nocturnal emission. It is the Daoist skill of maintaining good health (yangsheng gongfu 养生功夫) that truly restores deficiencies that lead to weak health, this method has outstanding results.

Master Zhao furthermore points out that the Sweating Ox exercise is of major importance for the Daoist practice of cultivating and refining the Elixer (dan dao xiu lian 丹道修炼), especifically regarding the phase of Collecting the External Medicinie (cai wai yao采外药); without an exercise like Sweating Ox it will be really difficult to collect the external medicine. This exercise also will help to prevent leakage of the Elixer, it’s an effective method for closing the openings where essence can possibly leak out.

It seems that if the practitioner is ambitious in studying the Daoist Dual Cultivation of Essence and Life (xingming shuangxiu 性命双修), the Sweating Ox exercise really is a priceless treasure. Inner door teachings require oral instruction. By studying the method on your own, the developed skill will fall short and the effort will not pay off. If you can have the fate to obtain the Sweating Ox exercise, you will be really blessed. After receiving the method, diligent practice is necessary, as much as you’re capable of, to promote the Daoist art of the Qianfeng school and not let down master Zhao.

Apprentice Xiao Duan

Master Zhao Ming Wang encourages communication from anyone, anywhere in the world:


Zhao Ming Wang
Qianfeng Hermitage
Yangfang Town
Changping District
People’s Republic of China (PRC)

Email: tian3597@foxmail.com

Tel: 13260457672

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蹉跎岁月 人生逆

众所周知,人的身体最美好的年华是在青春发育完成之后,二十岁至四十岁之间。这时,人的精力最充沛,体态最健美。大多数人都在这个如花似锦的年龄段走出生活,面向社会,事业生活刚刚进入轨道,在此后的一二十年的努力中,将事业逐步划入正规。然而,四五十岁的我们,身体被岁月与生活所折磨,身体发福或者枯萎干瘦,精力明显感到不济,食欲、性欲下降,随之而来的是高血压,心脏病,糖尿病,肾结石,前列腺炎,男性阳萎、遗精、早泄等一系列疾病,接踵而来。人生奋斗至此,迎接我们的确实这般结果,任谁也不会甘心。有什么办法可以较久地保持青春时期的精力与活力,从而延缓衰老,祛病延年呢? 古往今来,多少人都在关心这个问题,都在探索健康长寿的方法。吃药当然最简单,然而,适用于每个人的“长生不老”之药,至今还未找到。生命在于运动,很多人为了锻炼身体,提倡跑步、爬山、打球、游泳等较长时间的肌力训练和耐力运动。但是,有些人的心血管及呼吸功能不适应这些激烈的运动,因而引起心慌、气短等症状。运动变成了一件苦差事。如果运动不得法,还会损伤身体。所以运动员和体力劳动者亦难免早衰早亡。而且,参加运动还需要场地和时间,很多人不具备这些条件。那么,有没有简单易行、人人都做得到的锻炼办法呢? 其实,道家在千百年的实践过程中,早已总结出一些简单易行,方便实效的方法。汗牛功就是比较实用的功法之一。



学生 小段

Unification of martial arts and Dao is the true Way

The below text is a translation by Tianma of a post of Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang on his Chinese language blog titled Daoist Qianfeng Dual Cultivation of Essential Nature and Life Destiny blog (道家千峰性命双修的博客).

Today great martial artist mr. Wang, disciple in the San Huang Pao Chui (Three Emperor Cannon Fist) lineage, came to the Qianfeng cottage. Mr Wang came to pay his respects and request to become a Zhao gate inner door disciple in the Qianfeng Pre Heaven school of internal elixer cultivation.

Mr. Wang 13 years ago entered the San Huang Pao Chui lineage; going everywhere in the country he called on great teachers for instruction.  Finally he found an authentic lineage in Hengshui, Hebei province and asked for transmission of the handed-down teachings.

For the past few years mr. Wang studied traditional Chinese medicine orthopedics and the dual cultivation of Xing and Ming. He realized that the Chinese Daoist dual cultivation of Xing and Ming genuinely supports the internal skills of the body and its health.

In studying the dual cultivation practice he recognized the authentic lineage of Qianfeng. He payed his respects and requested to become an inner door disciple to receive the authentic teachings of the Qianfeng Zhao gate.

XIansheng Wang and ZMW

Daoist Qianfeng Pre Heaven school,

Qianfeng cottage,

Zhao Ming Wang.

Original Chinese blog post October 15, 2016



道家千峰先天派,   千峰草堂:赵明旺

Zhongnan mountain Qianfeng inauguration ceremony

The below text is a translation by Tianma of a post of Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang on his Chinese language blog titled Daoist Qianfeng Dual Cultivation of Essential Nature and Life Destiny blog (道家千峰性命双修的博客daojia qianfeng xingming shuangxiu de boke).

Zhongnan mountains receive the golden body of Qianfeng fouder Zhao Bichen

According to the news report of Zhongnan Daoist priest Sheng Ben Yuan,  November 12 2017 the Qianfeng Pre-heaven school was officially opened in the Zhongnan mountains. A golden statue of Qianfeng founder Zhao Bichen, Daoist name Yi Zi (一子),11th generation lay master in the Longmen tradition, was succesfully installed in a blessing ceremony in the Zhongnan mountains.


Venerable Daoists from the Zhongnan mountain area were present to witness the installment of the golden statue of Zhao Bichen in the Zhongnan mountains. The ceremony was carried out by a Daoist priest, in the presence of hermits from the Zhongnan mountains, as well as Qianfeng Zhao family representative disciples who joined in to participate in the ceremony.

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In his younger years founder of the Qianfeng school of Daoist self-cultivstion Zhao Bichen (1860-1942) loved to practice Chinese martial arts, as well as Chinese traditional Daoist internal alchemy, as a means of spiritual self-cultivation. Throughout his life he pursued instruction in authentic Daoist internal alchemy, the dual cultivation of Xing and Ming. He sought out many places for instruction, paying respect to over 35 Daoist masters. Finally in Golden Mountain temple in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu he ultimately gained true understanding of Daoist internal alchemy, after meeting the 2 masters Liao Ran and Liao Kong,who taught him the essence of Daoist internal alchemy. Furthermore, 20 years later ancestor Liao Kong visited Zhao Bichen in his residence in Changping, north of Beijing, in order to pass on the secrets of Daoist internal alchemy, bestowing the Heavenly mandate.

In the 17th year of the Republic of China (1928), April 17, ancestral master Liao Kong asked Zhao Bichen to establish the Qianfeng Pre-heaven school of self-cultivation, breaking with the old tradition of past generations that passed on the doctrines from master to a single disciple. Qianfeng spreads the secrets of the tradition to anybody who is interested, refusing nobody, so that everybody can attain good health. After a mysterious tradition of several 1.000 years of Daoist health and internal alchemy practices, Qianfeng school now passes on the tradition to everybody, creating a historical precedent.

Throughout his life Zhao Bichen lectured on the doctrines of Daoist self-cultivation, teaching many influential people, like principal proponent of the Xinhai Revolution (1911) Zhu Xi Qiao, Chinese martial artist Du Xin Wu, former President of the Republic of China Li Yuan Hong, official Wu Pei Fu, Zhang Zuo Lin as well as his sons Zhang Xue Liang and Zhang Zhi Zong and other officials and celebrities from all walks of life.

However he also taught ordinary people, more than 2.000 people in number; you can truly speak of a leading scholar of his time, enriching successive generations with authentic Chinese Daoist health practices. Moreover he practiced what he preached, truly cultivating and refining; in practicing Daoist self-cultivation he reached profound states. At one occasion Wu Pei Fu as well as other government officials and several dozens of inner door disciples went to the residence of Zhao Bichen in Beijing Shi Fu Street No. 88, requesting Daoist instruction. Zhao Bichen used the method of “Scaly Dragon entering the Sea” and everybody present without exception was convinced. From that moment on his reputation spread far and wide.

Zhao Bichen took great care throughout his life to compile the books “Xing Ming Fa Jue Ming Zhi” (translated by Charles Luk into English under the title ‘Taoist Yoga’), “Nei Xiu Mi Yao” and “Weisheng Xing Lixue” (translated into French by Catherine Despeux). The first book is included in the Chinese ‘Siku Quanshu’,  a collection of books compiled during the Qing dynasty. Ranking between the ministerial Daoist books, “Xing Ming Fa Jue Ming Zhi” became a part of orthodox Chinese Daoist culture. Furthermore the book is spreading all over the world, already known in the United Kingdom and France and in several other Western countries translated into English en French; because of the demand, in Taiwan there’s a second edition reprint, completely intact and unaltered.

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Nowadays Qianfen Pre-heaven school disciples can be found throughout the world. Qianfeng Zhao family transmits to it’s disciples, of all whom practice what they preach, all with different levels of attainment. Bringing benefit to all who practice the dual cultivation of Xing and Ming, touched by the profound mystical Daoist self-cultivation.

For more than 10 years the Qianfeng Zhao family descendents are also transmitting the 18 step set external refinement practice. However there is a small number of inner door disciples that transmit the first 6 steps for a lot of money, betraying the Dao. That’s why since several years master Zhao Ming Wang, direct descendant of Qianfeng founder Zhao Bichen,  makes public online on the internet, free of charge, the first 6 steps of the 18 step external refinement practice. This is done for the purpose of enhancing Qianfeng health practices, in accordance with the primary objective of the school’s founder, so that everyone of high and low rank can obtain good health.

Beijing Bichen Culture Media Institute

Daoist skill of health building and nourishing life

The below text is a translation by Tianma of a post of Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang on his Chinese language blog titled Daoist Qianfeng Dual Cultivation of Essential Nature and Life Destiny blog (道家千峰性命双修的博客daojia qianfeng xingming shuangxiu de boke).

On 2017 Newyearsday Ze Ming Yu (泽明于) from Jianping county, Shanxi province in North China paid his respects to the Qianfeng heritage, in search for the Great Dao of the Golden Elixer, the Daoist dual cultivation method of essential nature and life-destiny,


Ze Ming Yu formally enters the Qianfeng school

Ze Ming Yu entered the Qianfeng Gate, he already studied and practiced the Daoist All Truth Dragon Gate school methodologies for a decade. With this under his belt he already had established a firm foundation in Daoist self cultivation.

In the end of 2016 he admired the Qianfeng Innate school of the dual cultivation of essential nature and life-destiny, an All Truth Dragon Gate heritage passed on outside of the temples. The Qianfeng heritage continues an authentic clear and distinct complete system of self cultivation, hence providing all the tools for the lay Daoist practicioner. He visited Qianfeng cottage, payed his respects and formally entered the school, to get to the True Essence of the Daoist dual self cultivation method.


Master Zhao Ming Wang and students in Qianfeng Cottage

In his pursuit of the True Essence of Daoism, he went looking everywhere and learned from numerous famous Daoist masters, numbering more than ten. Furthermore he studied numerous classics about the Way of the Elixer (Dan Dao), distinguishing the True from the False. Ultimately, he formally entered the Qianfeng school and vowed to sincerely cultivate and honestly practice for the rest of his life.

Qianfeng Cottage
(Zhao Ming Wang)

Original Chinese blog post January 4, 2017








Mysterious Daoist Dharma Tools

The below text is a translation by Tianma of a post of Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang on his Chinese language blog titled Daoist Qianfeng Dual Cultivation of Essential Nature and Life Destiny blog (道家千峰性命双修的博客daojia qianfeng xingming shuangxiu de boke). It was published earlier in the eJournal Patriarchs Vision, Vol. 1 nr. 12.  

DaoistDharmaTools_Pic1In the history of Daoist Life Nourishing practices, all have their own mysterious Dharma Tools. Here we introduce the “Seven Star Pressure Point Stick” (七星点穴棒 qi xing dian xue bang), Dharma Tool of the lay Daoist Qianfeng Prenatal School of Self Cultivation. The main purpose of the Big Dipper (北斗七星 bei dou qi xing) Pressure Point Stick is to open the energy channels.


Through treatment of the Governing Channel (督脉 du mai), Conception Channel (任脉 ren mai) and Yin Heel Channel (阴桥脉阴桥脉 yin qiao mai), all the energy channels of the body can be opened up. Opening up the energy channels will promote a free and unobstructed flow of Essence (精 jing) and Energy (气 qi) through the body, which results in an improvement of health. Already developed illnesses, as well as not yet physically manifested illnesses, can in this way be dispelled from the body.

Qianfeng disciples (in China as well as in foreign countries) strive to serve the public using these precious Dharma Tools. In this respect special thanks goes out to Mr. Liu De Yi (刘德翼), descendant of Mr. Liu Jin Yao (刘金耀). Mr Liu Jin Yao is a highly respected martial expert who trained and worked together with Grandmaster Zhao Bichen, founder of the Daoist Qianfeng school.

For the past few years the Big Dipper Pressure Point Stick has been of great help to Qianfeng disciples. All show different levels of progress after treatment and have many health imbalances removed.

Nowadays master Zhao Ming Wang spares no effort in restoring the health and removing disease by nurturing Essence and Energy of sincere people who come for help.
This patient is severely deficient in Kidney Essence (肾精 shen jing), which manifests in oedema in both lower legs. The subsequent pictures show the process of treatment.

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The Daoist Dual Cultivation of Essential Nature (性 xing) and Life Destiny (命 ming) is miraculously effective; in former times this seemed very mysterious. Nowadays this Daoist skill is preserved and publicly practiced. It is my sincere wish as lineage inheritor of the Qianfeng Prenatal School of Self Cultivation, to comply with the original aim of my great grandfather Qianfeng Grandmaster Zhao Bichen: strive to openly spread the Daoist Life Nourishing Culture and to promote good health, for the benefit of all without exception.

Qianfeng Cottage
(Zhao Ming Wang)

Original Chinese blog post June 3, 2016








From Martial Arts to Daoist Self Cultivation

Translator’s note: The below text is a translation by Tianma of a post of Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang on his Chinese language blog titled Daoist Qianfeng Dual Cultivation of  Essential Nature and Life Destiny (道家千峰性命双修的博客  daojia qianfeng xingming shuangxiu de boke).

Hu Tian Xing (胡天星) from Mentougou district west of Beijing, is now in his sixties and has been practicing martial arts for over 40 years. He is a great martial expert in Da Cheng Quan (大成拳  Great Acomplishment Boxing). Three years ago he was fortunate to meet Sun Chen Jiang (孙陈江), a martial arts disciple of Zhao Bichen (besides being a renowned neidan practicioner, Zhao Bichen was a famous martial artist, due to his mastery of Eagle Claw technique (鹰爪功 Ying Zhao Gong)). In getting to know eachother, Hu Tian Xing found out about the Daoist practice of the dual cultivation of Essential Nature and Life Destiny.

Carefully he read to understand the magic contained within the practice. He decided to sincerely cultivate and soon after many times went to the Qianfeng cottage in Changping district of Beijing. There he visited Master Zhao Ming Wang, Qianfeng lineage holder and descendant of Grandmaster Zhao Bichen, to study the Daoist dual cultivation of Essential Nature and Life Destiny. Just after 3 years of practice true internal transformation had taken place, as a result of genuine cultivation. His body changed significantly, showing a clear improvement in health.

Hu Tian Xing frequently spoke with his martial art friends about the Chinese martial arts, that strengthen one’s body and invigorate it, for the use of defending and attacking. The Daoist Skill of the dual cultivation of Essential Nature and Life Destiny restores and increases ones Essence (精 Jing) and Energy (气Qi) and develops the Spirit (神 Shen). It returns the old to the young, and proves an effective method for treating chronic illnesses and for eliminating not yet manifested illnesses within the body. This Daoist practice truly deserves to be called a treasure amongst the Chinese Daoist Life Nourishing techniques.

Qianfeng cottage




Original Chinese blog post July 1, 2016








Elderly Man In a Lifetime Pursuit of True Daoist Practice

Translator’s note: The below text is a translation by Tianma of a post of Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang on his Chinese language blog titled Daoist Qianfeng Dual Cultivation of  Essential Nature and Life Destiny (道家千峰性命双修的博客  daojia qianfeng xingming shuangxiu de boke).

Elderly man aged 85, throughout his life pursuing the true essence of the Daoist Dual Cultivation of Essential Nature (Xing) and Life Destiny (Ming)

Xia Pu Yan (夏普炎) is an elderly man aged 85 from Xinjiang (新疆). Since childhood he is very fond of Chinese Daoist practices. After finishing school he joined the army, giving his youth in serving the country defending the borders. Later he changed his profession in serving the country by giving himself fully through construction work. After retiring, pursuing his childhood dreams, he walked the country everywhere in search of true Daoist masters who genuinely understand the Dual Cultivation practice of Essential Nature and Life Destiny (性命双修 xingming shuangxiu).

Having searched out numerous places for many years, he only encountered superficial knowledge of Daoist Teachings and felt hopeless about ever finding genuine Daoist teachings.

After searching for many years, he found out about the Daoist Qianfeng school of Self Cultivation. In July 2015 he intentionally set out on the long travel from Xinjiang, to visit the ancient small town of Yangfang in Changping district just outside of Beijing, where Qianfeng cottage is located.

The purpose of the visit was to find out about the genuine Daoist Dual Cultivation practice of the Qianfeng school. He sincerely payed his respects at Qianfeng cottage and later sincerely practiced cultivation. Suddenly his body felt several years younger and in a flash he realized having found genuine Daoist practice, in a mystical place.


Xia Pu Yan paying  respects to master Zhao Ming Wang

Today he once again returned to Qianfeng cottage to talk about what he learned through cultivating the Qianfeng teachings. This master attaches great importance to practice what you preach. I sensed that Pu Yan genuinely and sincerely had been cultivating the secret Daoist method “Adding Oil to Replenish Life” (添油续命 tian you xu ming).

Qianfeng cottage

Original Chinese blog post June 6, 2016





Profound Daoist Life-Nourishing Practice

Translator’s note: The below text is a translation by Tianma of a post of Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang on his Chinese language blog of Daoist Qianfeng Dual Cultivation of Xing and Ming (道家千峰性命双修的博客 ). In this post Zhao Ming Wang briefly talks about the dual practice of Xing and Ming and further clarifies using a poem, written in the form of a classical Chinese poem, consisting of seven character lines.

In the seventh line of the poem is referred to holding the five in an unhealthy condition. The five refer to the five elemental phases in Chinese Phylosophy and Chinese Medicine: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. In normal everyday life fire rises up and water flows down, leading to the loss of jing and qi. In Daoist self-cultivation this natural tendency is transformed, so that fire reaches down. Fire then heats water, which turns into steam and rises up. The heart-mind (Xin心) is associated with the fire elemental phase and the kidneys (shen肾) is associated with the water elemental phase. 

In the Daoist Qianfeng school equal importance is given to seated meditation and moving qigong exercises, so harmonizing yin and yang. In seated meditation the mind calms down and the body relaxes. In moving qigong exercises, the body is exercised in conjunction with the breath and the yi (attention). This promotes bodily health and helps to calm down the mind.


Zuo Bao Ti and Zhu Zhen practicing Qianfeng Daoist Self-Cultivation

The Dual Cultivation of Xing (Nature) and Ming (Life)

Somebody has the aspiration to take up the cultivation of the Great Way (da dao 大道). Already having a sincere attitude towards the practice, but how to practice? This is done through the dual cultivation of Nature (Xing 性) and Life (Ming 命).

Nature also refers to the heart-mind (Xin 心). Constantly perfecting Virtue (De 德), keeping away from worldly affairs.

Life also refers to the kidneys (Shen 肾). In constantly giving in to desires and indulging in the impermanence of everyday life, Essence (Jing 精) and Vital Energy (Qi 气) are scattered and lost (the loss of Essence and Vital Energy will inevitably speed up the aging process and lead to ill health). Know that the practice of Ming instead consolidates and increases our Essence and Vitality.

Already start self-cultivation by simply refraining from empty talk. In this funny world of party and pleasure-seeking, who are the few who can jump out?

Today two Qianfeng disciples meet, one middle aged and one elderly. Out of a mutual deep affinity for the Dao, for several years already they regularly catch up with eachother, exchanging experiences and understanding of this profound Daoist practice.

Cultivating Nature and refining Life, no need for talk,

In three years both are understood.

This accomplishment of returning to the root is priceless,

Some never clealy recognize this.

Cultivating virtue, promoting benevolence and developing ones heart-mind,

Searching the Dao requires genuine and dedicated practice.

Beforehand holding the Five in an unhealthy condition,

Now Essence and Vitality are restored in a healthy body.

Qianfeng cottage.


Practicing Qianfeng Qigong in front of Peach Source temple (Tao Yuan Guan 桃源观)


Disciple Zhu Zhen (left) and Master Zhao Ming Wang (right). The Chinese calligraphy reads from right to left: Qianfeng Pre-Natal School of Self Cultivation (Qianfeng xiantian pai 千峰先天派)


Zhu Zhen and Zhao Ming Wang. The Chinese calligraphy reads from right to left: Dual Cultivation of Nature and Life (Xing Ming Shuang Xiu 性命双修)


Qianfeng disciple Zhu Zhen practicing Qianfeng qigong


Qianfeng disciple Zhu Zhen practicing Qianfeng qigong

 Original Chinese blog post April 30, 2016





The Old White Bearded Daoist Genuinely Practices Daoist Self-Cultivation

The below text is a translation by Tianma of a post of Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang on his Chinese language blog of Daoist Qianfeng Dual Cultivation of Xing and Ming (道家千峰性命双修的博客 ). It was originally written in the form of a classical Chinese poem, consisting of seven character lines.


Daoist Priest Zuo Bao Ti (左保悌)


Snowflakes floating on Phoenix Peak,

Old White Beard is cultivating in the Daoist temple.

Alone he takes care of the ancestor’s pavilion,

A quiet heartmind focussed on self-cultivation watches the world of dust.

Indifferent to the seven emotional states, only affectionate for cultivating Dao,

Having Virtue Daoist Priest Zuo is genuinely cultivating.


Short Biography of Daoist Priest Zuo Bao Ti

Daoist Priest Zuo Licheng was born in the first month of the year 1945. His original name is Zuo Bao Ti and his ancestral place lies in the village Dongfangchengxiang in Hunyuan county of Datong in Shanxi Province.

In 1992 he took entry in the Guan Yin temple in Hohhot prefecture level city, the capital of Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

In 1999 he formally became a monk there and payed his respects at the Highest Clarity Temple (Tai Qing Gong 太清宫).

In 2005 Daoist Priest Zuo Bao Ti studied at the Daoist college in Bejing, China and graduated there.

April 2008 he returned to the Highest Clarity Temple.

Zuo Bao TI (third from the left) and Huang Xin Yang (fourth from the left)

Long term residents at Tao Yuan Guan: Zuo Bao Ti (third from the left) and Yang Hua (fourth from the left)

In 2012 Zuo Bao Ti received an invitation from Daoist Priest Yang Hua to occupy the post of Abbot at Phoenix Peak Peach Source Temple (Tao Yuan Guan); he accepted the invitation and returned to Tao Yuan Guan (because in 2006 he was Vice-President in the Beijing Daoist Association; the President of the Beijing Daoist Association Huang Xin Yang then came to visit Peach Source Temple).

Original Chinese blog post January 31, 2016 (poem)



Original Chinese blog post January 8, 2016 (Biography details)










Winter, January 2016 at Peach Source Temple.


Winter, January 2016 at Peach Source Temple.

Daoist Art of Internal Medicine and Health Preservation

­The below text is a translation by Tianma of a post of Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang on his Chinese language blog of Daoist Qianfeng Dual Cultivation of Xing and Ming (道家千峰性命双修的博客 ). It was originally written in the form of a classical Chinese poem, consisting of seven character lines.

Translator’s Note: The aim of the Daoist Art of Internal Medicine and Health Preservation (or neidan yangsheng gongfu) is to promote health and longevity and ultimately to transcend the cycle of birth and death. This is done by reversing the natural life process of birth, aging and death to return to the original, unified and pristine state that existed before birth. Hence the Qianfeng School is denominated as Prenatal (Pre-Heaven or xiantian). This as opposed to the Postnatal (Post-Heaven or houtian) state after birth, in which we grow up, learn and accumulate, age and die. By quieting our everyday heartmind, we can return to a state of stillness, in which it is possible for our original prenatal mind or original spirit (that which existed before birth but becomes obscured by our everyday mind, our learnings and ideas etcetera) to come to surface.




Daoist Art of Internal Medicine and Health Preservation
Qianfeng Prenatal School of Self Cultivation, Qianfeng Cottage, Zhao Ming Wang.

Original Chinese blog post August 23, 2014