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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon (15 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184819112X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848191129
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can wholeheartedly recommend this book as an fascinating record of someone's personal experiences with Taoist and Buddhist meditation methods. In my experience it's rare for someone to go into the level of details about their personal experiences that Yin Shi Zi does. He gives a very precise account of how energy meridians opened for him over a period of time. A lot of valuable lessons can be drawn from his experiences and from his instructions in the first part of the book. -- Qigong Healing The book itself is not a guide on how to do meditation but - as the title says - a detailed description of the experiences that Yin Shi Zi had through meditation. Not only is it a very interesting read but it is also a point of inspiration in many ways. Yin Shi Zi goes through the many challenges meditation offers. -- Path to Wisdom blog Master Yin Shi Zi's book so enthralled me that I read it in a single sitting. His training in classical Chinese medicine and as a professor of physiology enables him to express both his own experiences and his guide to cultivating a practice of these methods in a language easily comprehensible to the modern reader. His book is a wonderful contribution to our understanding of the nature of Taoist/Buddhist yoga, meditation, and inner science. -- Glenn H. Mullin, author of Selected Works of the Dalai Lama and Death and Dying The reader can really better understand the mental and physical phenomena encountered when progressing through meditation. If anyone ever wondered what changes may occur during intense study of meditation, this book helps to provide answers. -- Master Tsung Hwa Jou, author of The Dao of Taijiquan and The Tao of Meditation This wonderful book has been very influential in my own practice and I was elated to find that Shifu Hwang and Cheney Crow have completed such a clear translation. Tranquil Sitting provides inspiration for all those who want to practice meditation, but may feel that their life contradicts or obstructs that practice. Yin Shi Zi is deservedly considered one of China's most celebrated meditation practitioners. -- Stuart Alve Olson, author of Cultivating the Ch'i '[Yin Shi Zi's book] is widely considered to be a modern classic Qigong self-healing book. There are countless individuals who have recovered from all manner of illness and disease by studying and practicing methods from his book'. -- From the foreword by Master Zhongxian Wu, lineage holder of four schools of qigong and martial arts, and author of Vital Breath of the Dao, Seeking the Spirit of the Book of Change, Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong, and Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong

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Yin Shih Tzu was a Chinese Master who trained in classical Chinese medicine and was a professor of physiology at Kuan-Hua University in Shanghai. In his youth he was often in ill health and he began to practice Taoist meditation in order to cure himself of his ailments. He wrote Tranquil Sitting in 1954 at the age of 82. Shifu Hwang is a practicing Taoist from Chuen Zen School. Currently, he lives in Texas, USA. Master Hwang has devoted his adult life to promoting Taoism and balanced health care. In 1996, he established TaiChi People Herb Co. Recently, he established Immortal Cancer Care Foundation for alternative cancer care education. Cheney Crow grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She lived and worked in England, France and Spain for several years before completing her PhD in Linguistics, then teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. She studied Long Form Yang Style and Sword Form Tai Chi with Shifu Hwang.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry R on 17 April 2013
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This little book is all that is needed to get started in the restful practice of seated meditation.
Explains in simple terms, the requirement of posture, breath and concentration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Douglas on 31 Jan 2013
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Excellect service. just reasd parts, but looks tantalisingly good! Even from a teaching point of view it is a handy little book for the teacher to practice what they preach!
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This is quite a find. Personal testimonies of this kind from China, early 20th century are quite rare in translation. Some of it reminds me of Lu Kuanyu's work. It is well translated as well, though I would have liked to see a small glossary, with characters for the main terms. A book easy to read and very clearly directing one towards a first step on the Path of Taoist Medicine

A good, easy to read book. Hope it gets more people practising 'clear sitting'!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gheorghiu Alexandru Florin on 7 April 2014
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I'm interested in Qigong but this book is simply weird.

The book is strange because even if it tries to explain some phenomena associated with Qigong is practically a very detailed presentation of physical sensations of the author combined with a very dry and laconic steps he undertook to achieve those sensations.

He simply summarize a decade of practice in one sentence or paragraph. For some techniques the author warns not to try them without the guidance of a lama - I mean, really ? What's the point in mention them - only for the sake of...mention them?

Overall I'm disappointed by its content and the fact that I spent time reading it.

Or perhaps something is missing me....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book for meditators 22 Mar 2014
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This is an exceptionally practical book with clear and detailed instructions for meditation, including a great amount of detail on the bodily processes involved. While short, it's packed with detailed instructions and explanations that any practitioner can immediately implement.

One distinguishing point on the practices, experiences and explanations provided in this book - there is plenty of detail on what to do, why and how, along with what will happen, but there is nearly no mention of religious principles, doctrines or admonitions - despite the author's foundation in both Taoism and Tien Tai Buddhism. This for me makes the book all the more useful and accessible.

If one has any questions regarding the author's qualifications, the second section includes the author's own struggle with both illness and life's excesses, which drew him to the Taoist path. Also included are eight accounts of his own exceptional experiences meditating. This section is fascinating and presents an unusual level of insight into the physical experience associated with higher meditative states.

I've read and re-read this book and have found some of the basic instructions around adjusting the posture and breath very helpful. Part one of the book, which runs just 33 pages, includes the theory of Taoist meditation, its physiological features and specific steps for meditation, as well as techniques for overcoming common obstacles.
The techniques presented in latter part of part one have encouraged me to return to the basics of my own practice and the specific focus on breath also supports my own Tai Chi practice.

I'd recommend for novice, experienced and even expert meditators.

A curious but interesting addition is the author's more recent experience (at the age of 74) with Tibetan Mahamudra practice, including, again, fascinating detail, but also serious cautions regarding implementing the practices outlines without sufficient expert guidance. Those familiar with the Tibetan Book of the Dead will likely enjoy this brief addition.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's a good presentation of the kinds of experiences you can have ... 27 Oct 2014
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Much of the book is a fairly detailed account of the author's meditative experiences, but presented in a laundry-list kind of way: On such an such a day I felt this sensation here, then I felt this other sensation there, etc. It's a good presentation of the kinds of experiences you can have with intensive meditation, but there is little material tying it all together or giving meaningful interpretation of the experiences.
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