1 Some of the points to remember about Chinese Original Quiet Sitting technique fall under these areas:
1) Sitting postures
2) Guidelines for sitting
3) Appropriate hours for quiet sitting
4) Key points and taboos for successful quiet sitting
2 Each of these areas is discussed separately below:
(1) Sitting Postures: The first posture is the innate posture. It is the “level sitting:” Rest the palms of your hands on your knees. Hold the trunk of your body straight and keep your eyes level. The rest of the body is as usual.
3 In situations where you cannot cross your legs, as when in an airplane seat, you can use the innate sitting posture. This was our position in the womb.
4 The second posture is the acquired sitting posture, with legs crossed or in the lotus position. Both positions are used by Daoists and Buddhists. Acquired sitting positions are convenient. Over thousands of years everyone has gotten in the habit of using them.
5 But since we are recovering our true identity and are going back to our origins, there is nothing wrong with using the innate sitting posture.
6 I am telling you about both ways. You can use whichever you prefer. Each person can use the posture that is best suited for their situation. However, you should understand that the important thing is not to lose continuity in quiet sitting.
7 (2) Guidelines for Sitting: Quiet sitting is sitting quietly. There is no method outside of this. This is not Taijiquan [aka Tai Chi Chuan], in which you practice one set after another.
8 You must delve into stillness, and you must feel it and experience it for yourself.
9 However, there is a key to this: “Be natural in everything you do. Put body and mind at ease. Do not try too hard. Do not force things to take place and make sure you do not induce qi deliberately.”
10 It is dangerous to induce qi deliberately. On many occasions, at public lectures, I have stressed over and over that fundamentally I am not against this practice.
11 There is nothing wrong with moving or guiding qi, as long as you are in a natural setting such as in the deep mountains where you can let your mind and body go and be away from contact with the world of dust.
12 However, if we seek the Dao and guide the movement of qi while living in today’s city, nine out of ten of us will run into problems.
13 At times our bodies can undergo physical or physiological changes, have impulsive moods, or become susceptible to environmental conditions.
14 When such change happens while we are guiding our qi to a certain area or joint, it will cause the qi-and-blood to become blocked at that point or joint. Such stoppage of qi-and-blood at that joint is quiet problematic. Neither Western nor Chinese medicine have a cure for it.
15 The consequences of consciously guiding one’s qi can also be very serious.
16 Why would anyone “guide the movement of qi?” It is an attempt to get “fast results,” with the intention of moving qi more quickly through the meridian points, in order to open up the Conception and Governing Channels along with the remaining Eight Extraordinary Channels.
17 However, in this world, haste makes waste. The faster you try to go, the more likely the qi-and-blood could become blocked somewhere in the body. Once that happens, you ‘wish you were dead.’
18 Please do not get me wrong. I am not fundamentally against this practice. It can be done. But it can be done only if you seclude yourself in the mountains or perhaps together with some like-minded people and cut off contact with the outside world.
19 Devote your mind to cultivation. Control your breathing at the same time as you guide the movement of qi. Your body and mind will benefit from it. Otherwise, you must let things happen as they will, fitting in with the natural laws that move the heavenly body.
20 It is like the movement of the sun and the moon. No power is propelling them along. This is why I say: “Being natural” is the key to quiet sitting.
21 Actually, quiet sitting is “the Dao.” As it was said [by Confucius]: “The Dao [path] may not be left for an instant. If it could be left, it would not be the Dao.” Thus “the Dao” lies in what cannot be verbally explained.
22 I have lectured many times on Chinese Original Quiet Sitting. Some people have asked me to speak in- depth on what actually happens. But it is hard for me to speak further.
23 Each person’s kongfu [meanings include practice, skill, accomplishment, and effort] is known only to him (or her). My own kongfu cannot be applied to any of you.
24 You can think of it like a glass of water. Is it warm or cool or cold? Only the person drinking it is experiencing it. “The drinker of the water knows if it is warm or cold.”
25 There are no words to describe how warm or cold it is, and you would not grasp what I meant. This is why I say that kongfu is built up over time.
26 My fifty-year kongfu has been building up all this time. It was not achieved at in one morning or at one night. No one could “leap to heaven at a single bound.”
27 (3) Appropriate Hours for Quiet Sitting: In the past when I did one hundred days of quiet sitting under [the supervision of] my teacher, I sat during the four [lunar] hours of zi, wu, mao, and you.
28 These four hours of zi, wu, mao, and you are referred to in the Central Plain of China as the “four appropriate times.” For thousands of years Daoists have done meditation at these hours.
29 But as a member of the society, you are surrounded with bothersome affairs. I can surely understand all the inconveniences and difficulties all of you have.
30 In the schedule for this Class, only the 11:30 am-12:30 pm period fits with the “four appropriate times.”
31 And when daylight savings time is in effect, even that will be wrong, so aside from the times I have specified for sitting, you can meditate at home whenever conditions allow. No need to force things.
32 The “four appropriate times” are as follows:
Zi hour: 11:00 pm – 1:00 am. This is when yin reaches the down peak and yang emerges. In the midst of perfect yin, there is perfect yang.
Wu hour: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. This is when yang reaches the up peak and yin emerges. In the midst of perfect yang, there is perfect yin.
Mao hour: 5:00 – 7:00 am.
You hour: 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
33 Quiet sitting is seeking the Dao. Yin and yang together make the Dao.
34 You have to be regular in your sitting. You should sit according to the four appropriate times, but your schedules do not allow this.
35 During my eight years on Mount Hua, I sat at the four appropriate times. These past thirty years since coming to Taiwan, I have plunged into the world of “red dust.” The power to decide is out of my hands.
36 Real dust is not red. Why do we speak of this world as “red dust”? This phrase indicates that the world sucks our qi-and-blood.
37 When you talk of red dust, you cannot get away from the seven emotions and six desires, or from drinking, sex, insatiable thirst for wealth, and anger. Among these, “anger” is the most injurious. In particular, people who practice quiet sitting must be aware of this.
38 I have this type of experience: when I got angry, I experienced blockage of qi-and-blood in my back. Each time I had to meditate for two hours before I could recover.
39 So, a person practicing quiet sitting must never agitate his qi, which means not losing his temper. Otherwise, the results are unbearable.
40 Here, in the red dust, we cannot avoid the four bedevilments of drinking, sex, insatiable thirst for wealth, and anger. Any of these four is enough to drain our lifeblood and squander our jing, qi and shen.
41 Everyone in this world knows the importance of nurturing life. The purpose of quiet sitting is to nurture life, although nurturing life does not always mean that you can preserve your life.
42 (4) What to Give Up and Avoid in Quiet Sitting: When those interested in learning quiet sitting came for an interview, I sent a number of them home to reconsider coming at some later opportunity.
43 “Eating, drinking, and finding a mate are basic and top among human desires.” I cannot tell people that “sex is prohibited,” but at least they need to control their desires during our hundred-day quiet sitting session. If I do not make this known, and a participant in the Class runs into problems, I would be responsible. I offer you my advice. I hope everyone can succeed during these hundred days.
44 If you violate the rule during the hundred-day training class, in mild cases, you will waste your time and fail to gain any reward. Going a bit further, you may physically harm yourself.
45 I listen carefully to what people say and observe people’s countenances. What I say depends on the person. If someone seems unlikely to “toe the line,” I ask him (her) to come back at a later time.
46 (I). Things to give up during quiet sitting:
1) Sex: If you cannot do without, at least exercise restraint.
2) Drinking: Do not drink to excess. Overindulgence muddles your nature and injures your qi.
3) Profaning heavenly peace: This is not related to other prohibitions, and I cannot find any appropriate words to describe it right now. It is “begrudging or resenting heaven and blaming others” in modern terms. Most people slip into this quite easily.
47 (II). What to avoid during quiet sitting:
1) Wind: While sitting, avoid strong air currents, drafts, winds from behind the head and winds around the waist or belly.
2) Sitting with a full stomach.
3) Forcing oneself to sit when feeling exhausted or fatigued physically or mentally.
4) Being startled: It refers to experiencing sudden frights or impacts while sitting. Do not end your sitting abruptly. First compose yourself and move your shoulders back loosely; silently recite the “Code of Life” [the Twenty Watchwords] and the “Call for Union.”  Compose yourself before resuming your quiet sitting.
5) Quiet sitting after intercourse: It is best to wait twenty-four hours and then cleanse body and mind before sitting again.
 See Zhong Yong 中庸 [aka Doctrine of the Mean, the State of Equilibrium and Harmony]
 The "Call for Union" is the translation of the six-Chinese-words prayer which is shouted or uttered silently while raising the left arm. The words are "教主，我願奮鬥" (God, I wish to strive!).