By Richard Bertschinger
Trade paperback book
In this Tang Classic text from the 9th century, Daoist practitioner Shi Jianwu describes how through adapting our own breathing to the breath of the universe and daily meditation, one can develop and astral body and ‘transcend earthly matters to walk in the divine’. Richard Bertschinger offers the first annotated English language translation of this text with practical guidance for Qigong, meditative practice and personal development.
With elements of Daoist traditions and drawing on Mahayana Buddhist influences, this ancient guide aims to bring to the fore perceptions and focus on a natural form of breathing for pure meditation.
Praise for A Record of the Assembled Immortals
“In ancient Chinese culture, the oral traditions and old practices of the Immortals played a major part — especially in the Taoist Dao Zang. Modern research into the Classics does not attach much importance to the study of these texts… Richard has made a truly precious contribution.”
-Professor Dr Bo-Ying Ma MD, MA, PhD, Chairman of the Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (UK)
“The teachings of this book are a true treasure trove for the Daoist practitioner.”
-from the Forward by Master Zhongxian Wu, lifelong Daoist practitioner and author of 12 books (5 in Chinese) on Chinese wisdom traditions