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Small Circulation, or the Microcosmic Orbit, is the practice of circulating energy, within the human body, Qi, through the two main pathways, or "vessels" of the body. This practice is considered to be the foundation of Internal Elixir Qigong, and was a fundamental step on the path of meditation training in ancient times. Over the centuries, this practice has slowly been lost from many meditation traditions, and its importance has been forgotten.

Small Circulation regulates the Qi circulating in the Twelve Primary Qi channels, making it abundant throughout the entire body, which has been known for centuries for promoting health and longevity. This is also the foundation of Muscle/Tendon Changing Qigong (Yi Jin), which deeply conditions and strengthens the body. It is advised that you begin your meditation training by practicing Embryonic Breathing, which will help you to establish your central energy system, and to conserve and store this energy to abundant levels. Building on this foundation, Small Circulation is the next required stage of meditation training. Ultimately, one then practices Grand Circulation Meditation, which circulates Qi everywhere in the body and exchanges it with partners and the surrounding environment. Its purpose is to open the third eye and reunite the human spirit with the spirit of nature.

This book contains translation and analysis of many ancient documents used to transmit Small Circulation and Internal Elixir cultivation to future generations, and offers modern scientific explanation for learning and training safely. Though meditation is popular today for relaxation and general health, the ultimate goal of this training, in both Daoism (Taoism) and Buddhism, is spiritual enlightenment.

  • Small Circulation Meditation builds the body from weak to strong and trains the mind to be calm and focused.

  • Dr. Yang presents a modern method for learning safely.

  • Includes scientific analysis, translation and commentary of ancient documents, and a summary of the practice methods.



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Date de parution 01 août 2010
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EAN13 9781594391521
Langue English
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Don’t be afraid!

Dare to challenge.....

Dare to accept.....

Dare to dream.....

- Dare to emerge from the traditional matrix -
- be free from spiritual bondage -

“The philosopher should be a man willing to listen to every suggestion, but determined to judge for himself. He should not be biased by appearances, have no favorite hypothesis, be of no school, and in doctrine have no master. He should not be a respecter of persons, but of things. Truth should be his primary object. If to these qualities be added industry, he may indeed hope to walk within the veil of the temple of Nature.”

- Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Small Circulation
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
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Yang, Jwing-Ming, 1946-

Qigong meditation : small circulation / Yang, Jwing-Ming. -- 1st ed. --
Boston, Mass. : YMAA Publication Center, 2006.
p. ; cm.
ISBN-13: 978-1-59439-67-8
Text in English, with some Chinese characters included
Includes bibliographical references, translation and glossary of
Chinese terms, and index.
1. Qi gong. 2. Qi (Chinese philosophy) 3. Meditation. I. Title.
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About the Author
Editor’s Note
Foreword by Dr. Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D.
Chapter 1. General Concepts
1-1. Introduction
1-2. What is Qi and What is Qigong?
A General Definition of Qi
A Narrow Definition of Qi
A General Definition of Qigong
A Narrow Definition of Qigong
1-3. Categories of Qigong
A. Scope of Qigong Practice—Physical and Mental
External and Internal Elixirs (Wai Dan and Nei Dan)
Schools of Qigong Practice
1-4. Theory of Yin and Yang, Kan and Li
What are Kan and Li?
The Keys to Kan and Li Adjustment
The Keys to Adjusting Kan and Li
1-5. Qigong and Health
1-6. Qigong and Longevity
Physical Body:
Qi and the Mind:
Possible Modern Methods for Longevity
Longevity and Spiritual Cultivation
1-7. Qigong and Spiritual Enlightenment
1-8. Buddhist and Daoist Qigong Concepts
Buddhist Qigong
Daoist Qigong
1-9. Importance of Qigong Study to the Human Race
1-10. About this Book
Chapter 2. Theoretical Foundations
2-1. Introduction
2-2. Qi Vessels and Channels
Twelve Primary Qi Channels and the Eight Vessels
Eight Vessels (Ba Mai, )
The Twelve Primary Qi Channels and Their Branches (Shi Er Jing Luo, )
2-3. Human Qigong Science
A Modern Definition of Qi
A Modern Definition of Qigong
2-4. Meaning and Purpose of Meditation
Purposes of General Meditation
2-5. Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing Qigong
Kan and Li in Yi Jin Jing and Xi Sui Jing
2-6. What is Small Circulation?
Three Paths
2-7. What is Grand Circulation?
Internal Grand Circulation Meditation
Grand Circulation Meditation with a Partner
Grand Circulation Meditation with Great Nature
2-8. What is Enlightenment Meditation?
Summary of Spiritual Enlightenment Cultivation
Chapter 3. Four Refinements
3-1. Introduction
3-2. Refine the Essence and Convert It into Qi
3-3. Purify Qi and Convert It into Spirit
3-4. Refine Spirit and Return It to Nothingness
3-5. Crush the Nothingness
Chapter 4. Five Regulatings
4-1. Introduction
4-2. Regulating the Body (Tiao Shen)
4-3. Regulating the Breathing (Tiao Xi)
Breathing Methods
1. Normal Breathing (Pin Chang Hu Xi, )
2. Normal Abdominal Breathing (Zheng Fu Hu Xi, )
3. Reverse Abdominal Breathing (Fan Fu Hu Xi, Ni Fu Hu Xi, )
4. Embryonic Breathing (Tai Xi, )
5. Skin—Marrow Breathing (Fu Sui Xi, )
6. Five Gates Breathing (Wu Xin Hu Xi, )
7. Spiritual Breathing (Shen Xi, )
Some Ancient Documents About Regulating the Breath
4-4. Regulating the Mind (Tiao Xin)
4-5. Regulating the Qi (Tiao Qi)
1. Producing Qi (Sheng Qi, )
2. Protecting and Nourishing Qi (Yang Qi, )
3. Storing Qi (Xu Qi, )
4. Transporting Qi (Xing Qi, )
4-6. Regulating the Spirit (Tiao Shen)
Valley Spirit and Spirit Valley
Five Trainings of Shen
Two Training Keys
Two Purposes of Regulating the Shen
Four Steps to Cultivate Spiritual Enlightenment
Chapter 5. Theoretical Root of Small Circulation Meditation
5-1. Introduction
5-2. Small Circulation—Past and Present
Small Circulation Practice in the Past
Modified Practice in Present Day
5-3. Small Circulation and Qi Network
Qi Network
Conception Vessel —Ocean of Yin Vessels (Ren Mai, ) ( )
Governing Vessel —Oean of Yang Vessels (Du Mai, ) ( )
Mai and Internal Elixir Meditation
Zi and Wu Major Qi Flow (Zi Wu Liu Zhu, )
Cavities Related to Meditation
5-4. Theory of Small Circulation Meditation
General Concepts
Producing Qi (Sheng Qi, )
Storing Qi to an Abundant Level (Xu Qi, )
Circulating Qi (Xing Qi, )
Practicing Theory and Keys
5-5. Three Gates
5-6. Different Paths of Small Circulation
5-7. Tang Dynasty Internal Elixir Meditation Illustration
Chapter 6. Embryonic Breathing
6-1. Introduction
6-2. Theory of Embryonic Breathing
6-3. Method of Embryonic Breathing
Recognize the Yin Center of the Upper Dan Tian and the Yang Center of the Real Lower Dan Tian
Condensing Shen and Qi into Their Centers
Conditioning the Biobattery (Real Lower Dan Tian)
Store the Qi in Abundance—Embryonic Breathing (Cavity Breathing, Wuji Breathing) ( )
Two Ways of Leading Qi and Shen to the Real Lower Dan Tian
Girdle Vessel Breathing (Dai Mai Xi, )
Marrow Breathing (Sui Xi, )
Conceiving the Spiritual Embryo, the Initiation of Enlightenment (Shen Tai Zhi Yun Yu, )
Summary of Embryonic Breathing:
Chapter 7. Important Points in Meditation
7-1. Introduction
7-2. Preparations
7-3. Meditation Place
7-4. Best time for Meditation
7-5. Meditation Orientation
7-6. Common Experiences for Qigong Beginners
7-7. Common Sensations in Still Meditation
7-8. Deviations and Corrections
7-9. Twenty-Four Rules for Qigong Practice
Chapter 8. Small Circulation Meditation Practice
8-1. Introduction
8-2. Regulating the Body
8-3. Regulating the Breathing
8-4. Regulating the Emotional Mind
8-5. Regulating the Qi
8-6. Regulating the Spirit
8-7. Regulating the Essence
8-8. Recovery from the Meditative State
8-9. Meditation and Healing
Chapter 9. Questions and Possible Human Future
Chapter 10. Conclusion
Appendix A. Translation and Glossary of Chinese Terms
Thomas G. Gutheil, MD
“Qigong is a science of inner feeling which relates to spiritual cultivation.”

This definition may strike the Western reader as somewhat strange, since it fuses an Eastern concept of biologic energy and the idea of science, together with feeling and spirituality – concepts which are usually quite separate in Western thinking. But the very essence of Qigong is its union of physical, mental and spiritual issues into one discipline.
Western medicine is just beginning to explore the role of meditation in various forms as a legitimate adjunct to other approaches. The concept known as mindfulness, in which meditation consists of focus on breathing and the attempt to empty the mind of linear thought, is one such modern application. Though not as popular as it once was, transcendental mediation represents another form. Taiji, sometimes described as moving meditation, is, of course, one of the oldest forms but one which is enjoying a modern resurgence, even in alternative medicine where it is used to aid with a number of medical problems such as high blood p

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