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Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches - TianGan DiZhi: The Heart of Chinese Wisdom Traditions Hardcover – 21 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon; 1 edition (21 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848191510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848191518
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2.4 x 26.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zhongxian Wu and Karin Taylor Wu have accomplished the feat of producing a readable account of Gan-Zhi, one of the most complex subjects among the gnostic sciences of ancient China: the detailed calculation of how, exactly, the Above and the Below interweave and create qualitative differences in our space-time environment. A must read for every serious student of classical Chinese medicine and ancient cosmology. --Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, Founding Professor, School of Classical Chinese Medicine, National College of Natural Medicine

The subject of Stems and Branches is a real challenge for everyone who studies or works in the field of Classical Chinese Medicine. This wonderful book, based on authentic classical texts, is of great importance for those who seek deeper understanding for the sake of the health and peace of their patients and themselves. I am grateful to Master Wu and Dr. Karin Taylor Wu for their inspiration and for opening gateways into the hidden knowledge of the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine. --Joan Duveen M.Ac., practitioner and teacher of acupuncture according to the heavenly stems and earthly branches

Master Wu and Dr. Taylor Wu's outstanding new book introduces the basic principles, key applications, imagery, poetry and philosophy of the ancient science of TianGan DiZhi. The study of 'Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches' is an important gateway opening to a deeper understanding of applied Chinese Philosophy, and especially the inner aspects of Traditional Medicine, Geomancy, Pugilism, Music Theory and Taoist Internal Alchemy. Written with a distinctive flair for Chinese scholarship, this book cuts deep into the heart of the matter. If you strive to achieve a better understanding of your Chinese art, this book will certainly guide you towards the correct path. --Ioannis Solos, Chinese Medicine practitioner, researcher and author, Beijing, China

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“Zhongxian Wu and Karin Taylor Wu have accomplished the feat of producing a readable account of Gan-Zhi, one of the most complex subjects among the gnostic sciences of ancient China: the detailed calculation of how, exactly, the Above and the Below interweave and create qualitative differences in our space-time environment. A must read for every serious student of classical Chinese medicine and ancient cosmology.” (Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, Founding Professor, School of Classical Chinese Medicine, National College of Natural Medicine)

“The subject of Stems and Branches is a real challenge for everyone who studies or works in the field of Classical Chinese Medicine. This wonderful book, based on authentic classical texts, is of great importance for those who seek deeper understanding for the sake of the health and peace of their patients and themselves. I am grateful to Master Wu and Dr. Karin Taylor Wu for their inspiration and for opening gateways into the hidden knowledge of the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine.” (Joan Duveen M.Ac., practitioner and teacher of acupuncture according to the heavenly stems and earthly branches)

“I hope this book, Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches―TianGan DiZhi: The Heart of Chinese Wisdom Traditions, will help you master the secrets of the GanZhi and unravel the truth of life and of the universe itself.” (from the foreword by Professor Fei BingXun, president of ZhongGou YiXueYuan (Chinese Yijing College) and professor of XiBei DaXue (Northwest University))

“Master Wu and Dr. Taylor Wu's outstanding new book introduces the basic principles, key applications, imagery, poetry and philosophy of the ancient science of TianGan DiZhi. The study of 'Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches' is an important gateway opening to a deeper understanding of applied Chinese Philosophy, and especially the inner aspects of Traditional Medicine, Geomancy, Pugilism, Music Theory and Taoist Internal Alchemy. Written with a distinctive flair for Chinese scholarship, this book cuts deep into the heart of the matter. If you strive to achieve a better understanding of your Chinese art, this book will certainly guide you towards the correct path.” (Ioannis Solos, Chinese Medicine practitioner, researcher and author, Beijing, China)

“This is an excellent portrayal of the philosophy of the Stems and Branches - TianGan DiZhi! It brings a fuller context to the subject for experienced practitioners by investigating each of the 22 characters of the GanZhi through calligraphy, poems from various sources in Chinese literature and cultural artefacts. It also introduces those new to this area of Chinese culture and medicine to exciting concepts that will help to take clinical practice to another dimension.” (Sam Patel, Joint Principal, The International College of Oriental Medicine)

“This book offers an unprecedented contribution to Daoism, the Yijing, traditional medicine, internal alchemy and Qigong practice to the English speaking world. My wish is for this offering to bring great benefits to people throughout the world. May it flourish and prosper!” (Grandmaster Ren FaRong, former abbot of LouGuanTai, President of ZhongGuoDaoJiaoXieHui (Chinese Daoist Association))

“This beautiful and timely book re-establishes Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches as a central tenet of Chinese philosophy and an intimate part of Chinese medicine, not an optional extra. Liberally illustrated with diagrams and backed by classical quotations, quietly authoritative writers Zhongxian Wu and Karin Taylor Wu share their deep knowledge to produce a kaleidoscopic presentation, bridging the ancient Chinese traditions of medicine, yin yang five phase theory, Yijing studies, cosmology, music and internal alchemy. From star pattern etymology for Chinese characters to practical seasonal advice, from discussion of the application of hidden stems to the complexities of alchemical transformation, this book serves as an essential primer that will be of use to beginner and advanced practitioner alike in the study of the pulsing rhythms of unfolding time.” (Peter Firebrace, Past Principal of the International College of Oriental Medicine, co-founder of Monkey Press, acupuncturist, author and teacher)

“From, to, and for the Great Oneness comes a soul size gift in the form of a book – Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches” (Dianne M. Connelly, Ph.D., M.Ac. (UK), co-founder of Tai Sophia Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health), author, and Chinese medicine practitioner)

Zhongxhian Wu and Karin Taylor Wu have produced an excellent book on what is probably one of the most difficult aspects of classical Chinese medicine: time and space, and their interactions with us and the world around us. (Sam Patel, teacher of classical acupuncture, principal The European Journal of Oriental Magazine, EJOM)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90038948) out of 5 stars Keys to the Sublime 24 July 2013
By EarthHeavenHuman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards
Although mankind is terrestrial, there can be no separation from the influence of the celestial. The Chinese classics of Internal Medicine discuss the many relationships between the macrocosm and the microcosm of man through the Twelve Earthy Branches and the Ten Heavenly Stems. These concepts are interwoven into almost all aspects of Chinese culture, arts and medicine.

The "Key to the Sublime" lies in the ability to apply the energetic potential unlocked by the knowledge of the movements of the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches. With such an understanding, a practitioner may calibrate the energetic rhythm and flow of an activity, event, or medical treatment. Simply balancing self with all that is.

This particular set of cards is of extraordinary quality. Each card represents not only the individual qualities of each stem and branch but is also color coordinated. This makes stitching together an energetic correlation much easier and more fun. Further each stem and branch has been detailed with the original calligraphy of Master Wu. A beautiful execution and offers visual support for its creation.

Overall, I feel these are great tool for attempting to communicate your thoughts and ideas on the subject to others. A quality set aiding to unlock your potentials.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Nature's Way - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is superb. It is very well written, thoughtfully presented and is simply beautiful. It is an extremely comprehensive resource of a very ancient and complex system of knowledge - one that I will enjoy referring to over and over again for the rest of my days. Thank you, Master Wu and Dr Taylor Wu, for this invaluable gem.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90223ab0) out of 5 stars Beautiful book, invaluable resource 16 May 2014
By Ian - Published on Amazon.com
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Daoist Master, Wu Zhongxian, and his wife Dr. Karin Taylor Wu, deliver a profound and thorough introduction to the energetics of time and space in the Chinese wisdom tradition. Indispensable.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x904bdbe8) out of 5 stars great work on a rare subject all in all 4 Nov. 2014
By D.Sunn - Published on Amazon.com
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closely examined pieces to the puzzle of tiangandizhi with valuable qi gong instruction. At the end this puzzle still needs to be put together by you, great work on a rare subject all in all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x900ebd80) out of 5 stars You will want to hang onto this one. 15 Jun. 2015
By Candice - Published on Amazon.com
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I have tried to research the origins of the stems and branches system but this book lays out information like I haven't seen, very clear illustrations of the star patterns responsible for the oracle scripts. Goes into great detail about the wu xing, the 4 palaces of the sky, the related body parts, even the lunar mansions. I absolutely adore this book. The meditation stances for each stem is also beautiful.
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