The Dao De Jing: A Qigong Interpretation

The Dao De Jing: A Qigong Interpretation

by Jwing Ming Yang, Lao Tzu


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This book examines one of the world’s most enduring and influential literary works, the Dao De Jing, through the timeless art of qigong. In his words, Lao Tzu (or Laozi), author of the Dao De Jing, embodies qigong principles, advocating the cultivation of mind and body. Only when we know qigong can we know Lao Tzu —and only when we know Lao Tzu can we know the Dao De Jing. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, a renowned author, scholar, and martial artist, devoted decades to researching and writing this book. He interprets and analyzes the 81 chapters of the Dao De Jing. His commentary will bring new insight, inspiration, and depth to your understanding of Lao Tzu’s words—and to your qigong practice. “Many chapters in the Dao De Jing purely talk about qigong,” Dr. Yang writes, “especially the practices of regulating the body, breathing, mind, qi, and spirit.” Lao Tzu’s writing has been read, translated, and discussed around the globe. It deals with principles that transcend time and culture. That is why this ancient text has been reimagined countless times in books on business, relationships, and parenting—but never with a focus on the art of qigong. This makes Dao De Jing: A Qigong Interpretation unique and indispensible. This book includes • The complete Dao De Jing in English and its original Chinese text • Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming’s commentary and analysis of each chapter • Numerous illustrations and diagrams Dao De Jing: A Qigong Interpretation is not a book of instruction. It is about the Way—the path before us, in qigong and in life, where what you achieve comes through your own understanding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594396199
Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
Publication date: 09/07/2018
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 314,778
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Yang, Jwing-Ming, PhD, is a world-renowned author, scholar, and teacher. He has been involved in Chinese martial arts since 1961 and maintains over 55 schools in 18 countries. Dr. Yang’s writing and teaching include the subjects of kung fu, tai chi chuan, massage, meditation, and chin na, and he is a leading authority on qigong. Dr. Yang is the author of over 35 books and 80 videos.

Table of Contents

Dao Jing (Dao Classic) – Chapter 1 to 37
Chapter 1. Comprehending the Embodiment of the Dao – The Entrance of Dao
Chapter 2. Self-Nourishment – Commonality
Chapter 3. Pacifying People – Calming qi
Chapter 4. Origin of “Nothingness” – Origin of “Thought”
Chapter 5. Insubstantial Usage – Keeping at Center
Chapter 6. Forming Phenomena – Original Spirit
Chapter 7. Conceal Radiance – No Selfishness
Chapter 8. Change Temperament – Cultivate Temperament
Chapter 9. Practicing Placidity – The Deed of the Dao
Chapter 10. Profound De – Embrace Singularity
Chapter 11. Usage of Insubstantial – Practical Use
Chapter 12. Repressing Desires – Regulating the Mind
Chapter 13. Governing the Body – Loathing Shame
Chapter 14. Praise the Marvelousness – Appearance of the Spirit
Chapter 15. The Exhibition of Dao’s Manifestation – Regulating the Mind
Chapter 16. Return to the Root - Two Polarities
Chapter 17. Genuine Atmosphere – Original Nature
Chapter 18. Thin
Chapter 19. Returning to Simplicity – Returning to the Foundation
Chapter 20. Different from Vulgar – Pure and Truthful
Chapter 21. Humble Heart – Returning to Its Root
Chapter 22. Increasing Humility – Maintaining Neutrality
Chapter 23. Insubstantial Emptiness – In accord with the Dao
Chapter 24. Painful Graciousness – Self-Insult
Chapter 25. Representations of the Mystery – Following the Laws
Chapter 26. The Emphasis of The De – Steadiness
Chapter 27. Use Skillfully – Borrow Examples
Chapter 28. Returning to Simplicity – Returning to the Origin
Chapter 29. Doing Nothing – Be Nature
Chapter 30. Limiting the Use of War – Manners of Treating People
Chapter 31. Quelling War – Ceasing Aggression
Chapter 32. The Holiness of The De – Following the Dao
Chapter 33. Discriminating De – Self-Awakening
Chapter 34. Task of Achievement – The Dao of Spirit
Chapter 35. The Virtue of Benevolence – The Dao’s Image
Chapter 36. Subtle Clarity – Yin and Yang
Chapter 37. Governing Government – Maintain Dao -
Chapters 38 to 81
Chapter 38. Discourse on the De – The Dao’s Applications
Chapter 39. The Root of the Law – Holding the Singularity
Chapter 40. Dispensing Utilization – Returning to the Root
Chapter 41. Sameness and Difference – To Awake to the Dao
Chapter 42. Variations of the Dao – Derivation
Chapter 43. The Universal Usage – Without Regulating
Chapter 44. Set Up Precepts – Knowing Contentment
Chapter 45. Immense De – Modest Manner
Chapter 46. Moderating Desire – Self-Satisfaction
Chapter 47. Viewing the Distant – Seeing Clarity
Chapter 48. Forgetting Knowledge – Maintaining the Dao
Chapter 49. Trust in Virtue – Regulate the Mind
Chapter 50. Value Life – Nourish Life
Chapter 51. Nursing the Virtue – Follow the Heaven
Chapter 52. Returning to the Origin – Hold on to the Female
Chapter 53. Increasing Evidence – Insubstantial Life
Chapter 54. Cultivating Observation – Caring for Others
Chapter 55. Mysterious Talisman – Return to Childhood
Chapter 56. Mysterious Virtue – Tranquility
Chapter 57. Simplicity of Customs – Establishing a Model
Chapter 58. Transform in Accordance to
Chapter 59. Guarding the Dao – Accumulating Good Deeds
Chapter 60. Harmonization – Positioned in the Right Place
Chapter 61. Virtue of Humility – Lead qi with Yi
Chapter 62. Practice Dao – Value Dao
Chapter 63. Think of Beginning – Advance Gradually
Chapter 64. Mind the Insignificant – Prevention
Chapter 65. Genuine Virtue – The Virtue of Simplicity
Chapter 66. Putting Oneself Behind
Chapter 67. The Three Treasures – Follow the Dao
Chapter 68. Complying with Heaven – Follow the Dao
Chapter 69. Indisputable – Cautious in Action
Chapter 70. Knowing Difficulty – Handling Affairs
Chapter 71. Know Sickness “of Not Knowing” – Know “What is” Known
Chapter 72. Loving Yourself – Knowing Yourself
Chapter 73. Daring to Act – Following Heaven
Chapter 74. Restraining Delusion – Stop Abuse
Chapter 75. Harmed by Greediness – Nourishing Life
Chapter 76. Abstaining from Strength – Approaching Softness
Chapter 77. The Dao of Heaven – Balance
Chapter 78. Trust in Faith – Follow Softly
Chapter 79. Keep Obligations – Fluent Communications
Chapter 80. Independence – Return to Origin
Chapter 81. The Manifestation of Simplicity – Seek for Truth
Appendix. Translation and Glossary of Chinese

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C_Ing More than 1 year ago
The most thorough translation and interpretation I’ve read. It provides in-depth explanations of each chapter of the classic, citing the works of other Daoist philosophers and scholars. Taking things a step further, it offers interpretations as they relate to the study and practice of Qigong. Each chapter finishes with a simplified conclusion for each chapter making the information even more relatable. This is a must-read for anyone endeavoring to deepen their understanding of Qigong or Daoist philosophy.
Donald Drolet More than 1 year ago
It seems to be a common issue with our culture to over look a true treasure, even when it rests at our feet. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is just such a treasure. He has been teaching the martial and contemplative arts in the United States for a very long time. While others have chosen to maintain a sense of secrecy in their teachings, Dr. Yang is open and shares his knowledge freely with those that take a moment to explore the multitude of his offerings. In providing the reader with his translation of this timeless classic of Chinese philosophy as it relates to Qigong, he has once again offered, as a result of the depth of his own practice, an understandable view of how the entire work can relate to one's personal practice. This result of years of work and even more years of diligent practice is understandable for the novice and seasoned practitioner alike. A sincere offering of gratitude to this incredible teacher!
RanSey303 8 months ago
Dao De Ching: A Qigong Interpretation by Dr. Jwing Ming Yang is a masterful work, and is a deep read. I have read numerous translations and commentaries on the Dao De Ching over the years, and was amazed by the depth of insight into the text from a traditional commentary stand point and the unique qigong perspective. Not a light read, I've been chewing on my copy for six months or so and am still working my way through it. Definitely a must have for readers interested in Daoism or this seminal Daoist text.
Gmation More than 1 year ago
I wish I had this book years ago. But I probably wasn't ready to accept it until now. Unlike most books, I found it very helpful, if not necessary, to read the Forward's and Preface's before diving into the first chapter. Especially if you are not familiar with Chinese culture. They help frame your mind for the rest of the book. Dr. Yang does an excellent job at presenting each concept in bite size chunks making it easier to understand esoteric ideas and their applications. I'm starting to look at life with a more positive, healthy and fulfilling outlook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago