1 After living a busy life, what was it ultimately for? Assuring a meaningful life that is worth living for, and at the same time staying forever young, is surely not easy to achieve. Therefore, we need to meditate and seek the Dao in order to avoid wasting our lives.
2 Cultivating the Dao is not running away from reality, but striving against reality. We must control our own body, the “false self,” to strive and to create our own destiny, to temper the three principal elements of a human life: the three treasures of jing, qi, and shen.
3 Use the physical body to create the spiritual life for the future. This new life, the “true self,” evolved and transformed out of the old physical life. It is bond-free and it is free to come and go as it pleases. Its eternal life coexists with other eternal spirits.
Kazan Kai Kan (Kazan Conference Center), Tora no Mon, Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 19, 1983
 Jing, qi and shen are bodily essence, vital energy force, and animating spirit. These three should not be viewed as separate substances. Rather, they can be seen as functions of a living unity. According to Lu Xixing's commentary on the Heart Seal Scripture, "What is numinous and aware is called shen; what energizes and works in cycles is qi; what gives most richness to cause growth is jing." In brief terms, shen regulates, qi operates, and jing generates.