I get often asked about good books regarding Wudangshan, Taiji, Qi Gong and Gongfu. This is a post where I will introduce some good stuff for you to support your internal studies!
The Immortal Path: The Tao of Tai Chi Chuan
No Martial Art has been so misunderstood than Tai Chi Chuan and it’s relationship with the Tao. In The Immortal Path: The Tao of Tai Chi Chuan we explore the Tao and the Internal and external styles of Wudang Martial Arts with our guide, Wudang Kungfu grandmaster and Taoist priest Zhong Yun Long.
Taoism Book by Liu Zhongxian
A great introduction to Taoism! The original text from Chinese is directly translated and reveals some interesting facts and knowledge about the history and Taoist culture.
Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches
Essential reading for serious students of Chinese practical arts, including medicine, martial arts and FengShui, Master Zhongxian Wu and Dr Karin Taylor Wu provide a detailed explanation of the 22 GanZhi symbols in this book, outlining the characteristics of each, and their interactions and relationships.
Decoding Ba-gua (八卦) and I-Ching (易經)
Why do the graphic compositions of the Chinese characters that make up all the Ba-gua names seem to tell a different story than the symbols they represent? How did the eight symbols Sky, Wind, Fire, Earth, Mountain, Swamp. Water, Thunder come about? Why only three of the five Chinese natural elements Water, Fire, Earth were part of the Ba-gua symbols? What was the reason that forced these ancient inventors of the Ba-gua and the I-Ching to drop the two other elements Metal and Wood? It’s strange, isn’t it?
Foundations of Internal Alchemy
Originally written for Chinese readers, this renowned book provides a clear description of the Taoist practice of Internal Alchemy, or Neidan. The author outlines the stages of the alchemical practice and clarifies several relevant terms and notions, including Essence, Breath, and Spirit; the Cinnabar Fields; the “Fire Times”; and the Embryo. The book is based on the system of the Wuzhen pian (Awakening to Reality), one of the main sources of Internal Alchemy, and contains about two hundred quotations from original Taoist texts.
Nei Gong: The Authentic Classic
Nei Gong: The Authentic Classic (Nei Gong Zhen Chuan), is an obscure text of unknown origin, yet it stands alone as the definitive text on internal energy and the generation of internal power. Hand copied, and passed from teacher to student, it is one of the “secret transmissions” of Chinese martial arts.
Daoist Internal Alchemy: Neigong & Weigong Training
This work contains everything related to Daoist study. It is a very complex book which offers all informations for your personal Daoist study. The author put a lot of work into this book!
Daoist Nei Gong for Women
Although the energetic anatomy of men and women is different, the ancient teachings of Nu Dan, a separate branch of internal alchemy for women, have been lost in the literature over the centuries and only survive through practice in the lineages. This book takes a detailed look at female energetic anatomy, exploring how it is different from its male counterpart, and explains and describes the specific practices which support the unique strengths and challenges that the female energy system presents.
The Four Dragons: Clearing the Meridians
Within the context of a larger discussion of Dao Yin, Damo Mitchell teaches and explains the Dragon Dao Yin exercises, a set of four short sequences designed to work with the subtle energies of the spine and lead pathogenic energies out of the body.
The Tao Teh King (Tao Te Ching)
The Tao Teh King (Tao Te Ching) forms the fundamental core of modern Taoist philosophy and has informed the beliefs and mode of life of the people of China for 2500 years. For all those who seek peace, contentment, harmony and balance in life, the Tao Teh King is an indispensable resource. Lao Tse’s words speak directly to the heart with simple, direct and profound wisdom addressing the core principles of the art of living well.
The Complete I Ching
Impressive for its scope and the clarity of its translation, this 10th anniversary edition features a new introduction by Huany on the history and application of the I-Ching, with descriptions of the commentary and divination methods.