Daoist Reflections from the Scholar Sage
One of our biggest requests for this site was ‘please put some of the articles into print’. I guess, like me, many people do not like reading things on a screen as much as they like reading the printed word.
Well, we listened, and here it is: The Scholar Sage book!
Singing Dragon have been publishing my books since 2011 and they kindly put selected articles from this site together into one printed volume. The articles are by myself and several other members of the school. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page you will find a list of the articles and authors.
This collection of fascinating short reads brings together some of the most popular articles from the Scholar Sage online magazine, alongside new material from Damo Mitchell. It includes:
· How the teaching of the ‘three worms’ (Sanchong) demonstrates the way Daoism pulls together models of the physical, energetic, spiritual and psychological
· A translation of and commentary on the Classic of Breath and Qi Consolidation, an important Daoist classical poem that discusses the relationship of Jing and Qi in the body
· The importance of the pineal gland in Daoist alchemical thought
· The internal alchemy of Fire, Water, Dragon and Tiger
· The meaning behind the pairs of Fu Dogs often seen guarding the entrances of Chinese temples, government buildings and restaurants
· How Fa Jin works
· How increasing your ‘excitement threshold’ can help you to find contentment in states of perpetual centeredness
· Understanding and using food energetics
· And much more.
Helping you to think about your practice in new ways, the book features contributions from senior students at the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts, including Roni Edlund, Donna Pinker and Dr Seb Smith.
When putting the book together the articles were done through once more, edited and in many cases expanded out into full chapters with a great deal more detail. The aim was to keep the written material from this site but turn it into more complex and thorough pieces befitting of a printed book. It is quite a fun and random book which jumps from alchemy to knee pain, from Taijiquan to being possessed by demonic worms! It is the first book put together by myself that does not follow one long instructional thread but rather jumps around and tries to give an overview of the Daoist arts; a book to ‘dip in and out of’.
The book is available from Amazon and other online bookstores by the middle of September 2016.
Below is the chapter list: