Here is a classic Chinese text on the Taoist arts of longevity and
immortality. The text dates from the Five Dynasties (907–960 C. E.) and
is attributed to Chungli Ch'uan and Lü Tung-pin—two of the most popular
figures of Taoism and Chinese culture. This text focuses on Taoist inner
alchemy, a theory and method for transforming the mind from within by
using practices such as breath control, calisthenics, meditation
practices, and sexual alchemy (the method of gathering energy from a
The teachings address the following topics:
The Art of Health, Longevity, and Immortality
will be of interest to both beginning students of Taoism and scholars.
Wong's introduction includes a concise overview of the evolution of
Taoist longevity practices as well as an elucidating section for readers
who are unfamiliar with the teachings and practices of Taoist inner
alchemy. She also includes a list of helpful hints for reading and
understanding each section of the text.