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Books by dr. Dan K.J. Vercammen

Taoist Alchemy
Breathing Practice

Direct Instructions for the Five Breathings
(Wuxi Zhi Z


Dive into the world of Taoist alchemy and breathing with "Taoist Alchemy and Breathing Practice." Explore ancient wisdom and learn practical techniques for enhancing well-being.


"Delve into the realm of profound wisdom and holistic well-being with "Taoist Alchemy and Breathing Practice." This enlightening book centers around the intriguing manual, Wuxi Zhi Zhi or Direct Instructions for the Five Breathings, attributed to Bai Yunzhai, a Taoist figure from the 16th-17th century. Authored and translated with meticulous attention by Dan Vercammen, this work presents not only a carefully annotated translation of the text but also practical instructions for embodying Taoist breathing techniques. Within these pages, you'll embark on a journey through the art of Taoist breathing and Taoist Internal Alchemy. Dan Vercammen shares his personal journey with the text, shedding light on its origins and its emergence into the modern world. Originally published by the renowned Internal Alchemy circle linked to the esteemed scholar and practitioner Chen Yingning, this translated text unveils the intriguing facets of Taoist breathing that distinguish it from other manuals. Unlike traditional Taoist manuals that focus solely on embryonic breathing, "Taoist Alchemy and Breathing Practice" elucidates various types of Taoist breathing, underscoring the interplay between different cultural traditions in China, including Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. In this exploration, you'll grasp the essence of these practices, understanding not only their physiological benefits but also their cultural significance. The book's rich content is complemented by extensive English and Chinese bibliographies, providing readers with additional avenues for exploration. Whether you're a qigong instructor, TCM practitioner, or simply curious about Chinese health practices, this book offers a profound and comprehensive resource that can enhance your understanding and practice of Taoist alchemy and breathing."

About the author

Dr. Dan KJ Vercammen, an anthropologist-sinologist, is a leading authority on Taoist philosophy and practices. As a professor at China Arts College and head of research at the Taoist Alchemical Studies Center in Antwerp, Belgium, he merges academic rigor with practical expertise. With roots in anthropological fieldwork in China since 1985, he's not only a scholar but also a trained Taoist doctor, internal alchemist, and martial arts instructor. Author of over 30 books spanning Chinese culture, Martial arts, Fine Arts, and Taoism, his work resonates globally.

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