1 There are fundamental distinctions between quiet sitting taught at the Lord of Universe Church and the traditional Daoist cultivation techniques.
2 We practice Chinese Original Quiet Sitting, which is the Supreme Truth- Blossom Vehicle Method for reaching the highest heaven. It is a natural, unforced and non-purposive mindfulness for cultivating the great empty Dao, without applying even the slightest deliberate force or intention.
3 Therefore, it bypasses the two Daoist stages of refining jing into qi and qi into shen. Instead, it is a direct practice of refining shen back to emptiness.
4 Here is how we go about it: (1) Do not focus on any of the energy opening points. Beginning students usually focus on energy opening points to banish random thoughts and concentrate their mental activity on one point. The purpose is to stop delusive thoughts.
6 However, unless a person has specific innate reasons, or practices correctly, such focusing over a long period could cause problems. Instead of focusing on the energy opening points, we keep away from potential problems by directly cultivating the great empty Dao of the highest heaven.
7 In our first few Quiet Sitting Classes we advised students focusing on energy opening points to cut down delusive thinking, but only initially, for a short period of time. From the Ninth Chinese Original Quiet Sitting Class onward, we have stopped focusing on energy opening points.
8 From a method of purposive method, we changed it to be a non-purposive method. This natural, non-purposive method is called a “Sudden-Path Method,” because it allows us to open up abruptly and see a clearer picture of everything.
9 (2) Do not control your breath or induce qi. Many people suppose that uncontrolled breathing means the absence of breath. This is a mistaken notion.
10 Uncontrolled breathing means breathing naturally, and not contrived or aided by external forces. The breathing is poised between ceasing and continuing, between inhaling and exhaling.
11 In the early stage of quiet sitting, the breathing is shallow and rapid. Over six to twelve months, it will change naturally and become a trickle of air.
12 To a point, external breathing stops and only internal breathing remains and the innate true breath reveals itself. This is the fetal breath that takes us back to our origins.
13 What is normally referred to as controlled breathing is the induction of qi through breath control. It is the assimilation of sublimated qi from the sun, the moon and the stars.
14 All of this is purposive method, which is why I say, our path of quiet sitting follows God’s natural, non- purposive method.
14 這些都是有為法。所以我們正宗靜坐則是按照 上帝的自然無為法。
15 This is because we know that planets move by the power of nature, which is moving within them.
16 Daoists have a saying: “Heaven is a great universe; a human being is a small universe.”
17 Many people, who do quiet sitting now, use the purposive method. This is human effort at work.
18 Human powers are vying with heaven. They are being pitted against nature. How can this work? Surely it would lead to problems.
19 Because this is not our approach in Chinese Quiet Sitting Classes no strivers, from the first Class until now, have developed problems due to quiet sitting.
20 If you are blessed with the willingness to practice by the natural, unforced and non-purposive method, then the process of refining jing into qi and qi into shen will take place naturally.
21 Do not give it any thought. In ways you are unaware of, your jing is being tempered naturally into qi. You are moving through each stage naturally.
22 (3) Let the tip of your tongue rest lightly on the roof of your mouth. Let moist secretions come and go as they will.
23 When you get to a settled and quiet stage, sweet saliva will fill your mouth; moisture will rise up as from a spring. Swallowing it slowly can help digestion and add to longevity.
24 (4) Do not fixate on any single spot. Dwell on nothing, put all thoughts down. Let everything go.
25 (No heaven, no earth. No others, no self. No phenomena, no form. No right or wrong. No thoughts of past or future.)
26 This is how you reach the realm of emptiness [where you are] immersed in chaos, in a trance-like state, far away, hard to be pinned down, but not plunged into stark nothingness.
27 How are you to get there? While practicing quiet sitting, keep your mind at the edge of sleep, yet not asleep, at the edge of being awake, yet not being awake. This is the supreme mindfulness of the Lord’s highest heaven.
28 It builds on the bedrock of chaos. It lays a foundation amid stormy waves, amid oceanic horizons, amid boundlessness.
29 This is the matchless, prime elixir- method for cultivating the Dao, which had not been found on this Earth among elixir-methods cultivated by Daoists for thousands of years.
30 As a fruit of cultivating the great empty Dao of the highest heaven, someday you will open up to a wide sphere; you will return directly to the void, ascending to heaven in a single step.
31 What is the great empty Dao of the highest heaven? Because humans came from the void they will return to the void, where the one spirit constantly shines and the myriad thoughts are void. This “spirit” is the realm of shen refined back to emptiness.
32 “The one spirit constantly shines” is a mental state being at the edge of sleep yet not sleeping. When you do not think of anything, we can say “the myriad thoughts are void.”
33 Our term, the “Supreme Truth- Blossom Vehicle Method for reaching the highest heaven” is abbreviated for direct cultivation of the great empty Dao of the highest heaven.
34 This goes beyond the two Daoist steps of refining jing into qi and qi into shen; it directly cultivates the third level of “refining shen back to emptiness.”
35 Using the concept of “refining” lands us in “acquired existence,” which goes against nature. But our “refining” back to emptiness still adheres to the “natural, unforced, and non-purposive mindfulness,” which is the most mysterious self-cultivation principle in the universe.
36 This “natural, unforced, and non- purposive mindfulness” method means not resorting to the slightest artificial force or conceptualization. It is entirely the cultivation of one’s own perfect yang qi, to receive nature’s Qi of perfect yang.
37 This is to coordinate with “drawing the primordial Qi through silent chanting,” which is unique of the Lord of Universe Church.
38 What we call the “primordial Qi” is the perfect spirit-yang Qi of the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, who is the progenitor of our lineage and the Supreme Lord of the Mystic Skies.
38 所謂「祖炁」－即 道統始祖宇宙主宰 玄穹高上帝之靈陽真炁。
39 Through blending, this Qi is able to proceed with its natural operations. All the acupressure points become open and stay connected. This is truly the universe’s matchless, prime elixir- method for cultivating the Dao.
40 It appears to be hard to get a grip on, and it is limitless, with no apparent foothold. Actually, if you keep practicing it, you can surely feel that there is substance in the void, and truth in non-being.
41 Chinese Original Quiet Sitting is, in fact, simple and easy to practice. If you keep sitting as instructed, without worrying about anything, you will eventually come to understand completely how it works.
42 While all of you are sitting, do not worry about which meridians or channels you are opening up. That would be attaching to forms. As soon as you think about something, you are attaching it to a form.
43 This is why you should let all your thoughts go, and your passages will naturally open. Even if they do not open, you will not run into problems.
44 This [Chinese Original Quiet Sitting] is the Lord of Universe Church’s “Sudden-Path Method” of cultivation for holocaust-rescuing.
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