道言浅近说 – 张三丰
Speaking of the Dao in plain words – ZhangSanFeng
Translated by LI Siming, 2011
Provided by lisiming.com, 2011
Section number added by translator to facilitate reference and discussion
Among other writings of ZhangSanFeng, this article of about three thousands three hundred words provides a brief yet clear overview of the pathway of Dao cultivation via meditation and Internal Alchemy. It discusses the general outline of different stages of Daoist cultivation, structure of the human essence-energy-spirit system, important explanation on key concepts such as truth, nature, spirit, mind, foundation practices in breathing and meditation, and barriers and useful attitudes to facilitate the practice. As the master said, practice proceeded blindly leads one to go nowhere (section 16). This article therefore helps practitioner to focus their efforts on the core and direct pathway towards the Dao.