Nourishing the Essence of Life
The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism
By Eva Wong
(Shambhala, Paperback, 9781590301043, 104pp.)
Publication Date: March 2, 2004
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The teachings of Taoism, China's great wisdom tradition, apply to every aspect of life, from the physical to the spiritual—and include instruction on everything from lifestyle (a life of simplicity and moderation is best) to the work of inner alchemy that is said to lead to longevity and immortality.
Here, Eva Wong presents and explains three classic texts on understanding the Tao in the macrocosm of the universe and the microcosm of the body that provide an excellent overview of the three traditional levels of the Taoist teachings—Outer, Inner, and Secret. The Outer teachings are concerned with understanding the Tao as manifested in nature and society. They are easily accessible to the layperson and consist of the Taoist philosophy of nature and humanity, advice on daily living, and a brief introduction to the beginning stages of Taoist meditation. The Inner teachings familiarize the practitioner with the energetic structure of the human body and introduce methods of stilling the mind and cultivating internal energy for health and longevity. The Secret teachings describe the highest level of internal-alchemical transformations within the body and mind for attaining immortality.
Lawrence Leung, Master Certified Coach (MCC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF), is the Chief Executive Office of TopHuman - the leading Coach Training company in China. He has been successful in coaching businesses and individuals as well as conducted numerous experiential training programs and skills-based seminars for businesses, government agencies, and universities. Lawrence is also a lecturer for coaching workshops in MBA courses of leading universities like Fudan University, Zhongshan University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has authored various coaching books such as "Corporate Coach: The Leadership Revolution" and "You Can Do It Better - A Collection of Successful Corporate and Executive Coaching Case Studies,"