Besides being a master martial artist, Zhang San Feng is also a master in Daoist Internal Alchemy. In his treaty "Speaking of the Dao in plain words", Zhang San Feng provides a brief yet clear overview of the pathway of Dao cultivation via meditation and Internal Alchemy.
He 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.
Water is everywhere, it supports everything, and therefore is close to Dao.
When one flows in Dao like water, one flows with perfect location, mind, heart, trust, ability, and timing.
There is no fighting within, and one abides in everlasting peace.
source: Daodejing Chapter 8
Both actually refers to the same thing. The Chinese government introduced the new pinyin system in 1958, which replaced the old Wade-Giles system used since mid-19th century. As a result, materials published before 1979 are mostly in the old system, and material after 1979, including the current materials, are in new pinyin system. Here are some of the more common terms used in Daoist Kung Fu in both system:
|Tao||Dao||道||Path/ Way / Law|
|Kung Fu||Gong Fu||功夫||Degree of skill|
|T'ai Chi||Tai Ji||太极||Grand supreme /Totality of Yin and Yang|
|Ch'i Kung||Qi Gong||气功||Energy practise|
|Wu Tang||Wu Dang||武当||Name of the mountain|
old-new conversion table: http://library.ust.hk/guides/opac/conversion-tables.html
What is Dao? Dao is the origin, the path and the destination.
(see Summary of Daodejing)
Most people live their lifes for survival, many live for possessions, some live for achievements, few just be themselves, rarely still are those just are.
What is your path? Where is your destination?