When he was young, he preferred to study Daoism, and after many decades of seeking the correct Daoism method, he finally discovered a true master of the Dao. After studying the Dao for many years, he was ready to become a disciple of the Qianfeng Daoist Hermitage.
When sense-organs disengage from sense data, his attainment will be similar to that achieved by a reciter of the Buddha’s name when his training becomes effective and when the Pure Land manifests in front of him. In this state, noumemon and phenomenon intermingle, Mind and Buddha are not a duality and both are in the state of suchness which is absolute and free from all contraries and relativities. Then what difference is there between Chan and Pure Land?
The maintaining of physical discipline in the Buddhist sense, is a form of what is known in China today as ‘qigong’ (氣功), or to use the much older name – ‘daoyin’ (導引). Qigong is the cultivation of inner energy (qi) through directed willpower and effort (gong), whilst daoyin is the practice of ‘directing’ and ‘leading’ (dao) inner energy (qi), whilst ‘yin’ is the wilful process of ‘pulling’ the inner energy (qi) through the body and causing it to flow to all areas without hindrance.
A more extreme example of longevity belongs to that of the modern Daoist Immortal Li Qing Yun whose birth and death dates are given as 1677 – 1933. This means that he lived for 256 years and according to Chinese record, there is ample documentary evidence for this extraordinary life-span.
No such object (or occupant) had been seen in Japan before. According to the interpretation that accompanies this picture, the craft exterior was made of steel, whilst glass windows (or ‘portholes’) allowed the pilot to see where she was going when navigating the craft. The Japanese discovers also reported finding a strange and unfamiliar script which they could not decipher. Characters from this script could be seen both inside and outside the craft.
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD) Some people follow the Buddha as a means to gain blessings. As everyone knows, the Buddhist path is not about