This is the first volume of a two-book series that peels away the metaphors and explains the living tradition of Taoist meditation, which is little known or taught in the West. Most of what people know about Taoism comes from philosophical texts such as the I-Ching or the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tse.
However, outside China virtually nothing is known of Lao Tse's living tradition of Taoism. Bruce Frantzis wrote this book so that this great meditation tradition might reach and inspire a wider audience. It is relevant not only to anyone interested in meditation but to anyone who wants to find out how to lessen stress, let go of negative emotions, and rediscover deeper levels of inner peace and stillness. The book includes breathing lessons that help calm your mind and relax your emotions. Includes fascinating stories of the author’s training in China with Taoist Lineage Master and Sage, Liu Hung Chieh.
In Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body,
Bruce Kumar Frantzis introduced a huge audience to a potent method of Chi Gung, the ancient Taoist art that has revitalized generations of Chinese and is attracting many practitioners worldwide.
Now, Frantzis gives us, in two accessible volumes, the theory and practice of the Water Method of Taoist Meditation. Frantzis’ tradition was originally described by Lao Tse in the Tao Te Ching
over 2,500 years ago, and has been passed down from teacher to disciple in an unbroken lineage through the Taoist sage Liu Hung Chieh to the author.Relaxing Into Your Being
explains the Water Method with its complete internal energy system, and teaches how to slow your breath, use more lung capacity, massage your internal organs, and develop meditative awareness. Frantzis provides tools, unique to the Water Method, to reduce stress and help maintain optimal health in today’s fast-paced computer age.
“Bruce Frantzis’ insight into the heart of these ancient meditation techniques can make the understanding of these precious teachings easily accessible to the mind of the western seeker.”
—Namkhai Norbu, Tibetan Dzogchen Master and retired professor, Oriental Institute of the University of Naples, Italy; author of The Crystal and The Way of Light
“Bruce Frantzis’ style of teaching demystifies ancient Chinese Taoist arts that have rarely, if ever, been taught in the West.”
—Elizabeth Whitney, Yoga Journal
“This is an important work. The author obviously has studied intensely for many years and brings that experience and knowledge to bear on his subject.”
—Solala Towler, editor, The Empty Vessel
“The practices in Relaxing Into Your Being and The Great Stillness are offered to us like pearls along a necklace. It’s the closest a book can get to the original oral tradition.”
—Cindy Banker, Shiatsu therapist, founding president of The American Shiatsu Association