1 When approached from an academic perspective, “quiet sitting” is a major branch of learning. It spans the fields of psychology, physiology, philosophy, medicine, metaphysics, biochemistry and religious philosophy.
2 Human life in the flesh always has a limit. Only spiritual life that was reached through cultivation can partake of eternity.
3 According to the “Annals of Emperor Wu of Han Dynasty” in Records of the Historian, (the book was completed in 91 B.C., more than 2070 years ago) “the Yellow Emperor studied immortality even when fighting wars.… When over a century had passed, he could communicate with deities.
4 He mined copper from Mount Shou and cast a cauldron beneath Mount Jing. A dragon came down to meet him. The Yellow Emperor mounted it and flew into the sky. Later generations have thus named the place Cauldron Lake.”
5 The “Treatise on Investiture and Abdication” in Records of the Historian states that “Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty once asked his courtiers: I have heard that the Yellow Emperor did not die, yet there is a tomb for him. Why is that? (As he had already ascended, why is he entombed in Mount Qiao?)”
6 His attendants said, “He did ascend up to heaven. His ministers buried only his cap and robe.”
7 We live in the age of science, so readers, of course, will not accept the claim that someone was carried up to sky by a dragon. But in truth, many things cannot be explained scientifically and remain to be studied.
8 In Section Four of the “Spiritual Tempering” chapter of A New Realm (the Lord of Universe Church’s doctrine) are these words: “This is the appearance of the true self (refined self), a transformation of one’s original bodily frame engendered by bodily qi and cosmic Qi.
9 From this point one works to refine shen back to emptiness, to consume oneself with true fire. The fleshly body falls away, and the true self endures.
10 This is the power of raynon, the marvel of matter returning to Nature.”
Second Lecture of Chinese Original Quiet Sitting, April 28, 1979