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An Introduction into Daoist (Taoist) Meditation for Chinese Medicine Practitioners

za 15 oktober 2022 en zo 16 oktober 2022
Berghotel, Utrechtseweg 225, 3818 EG Amersfoort
11:00-18:00 uur
Robert James Coons
€ 255,00
FAGT, LVNT, NVA (AT), NVST, NWP, SVN, VBAG, Zhong (14 NAP - Cat. 3)
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Daoist Meditation for Chinese Medicine Practitioners


This weekend is intended to introduce practitioners of East Asian Medicine into Daoist meditation. Since Internal Cultivation has played an important role in the nascent days of Chinese Medicine as well as later on in the history of Chinese medicine, this is an important topic for all who sincerely study Chinese Medicine.
Daoist conceptions of the body have influenced ideas in Chinese Medicine over two millennia. At the same time ideas have been different. For example the understanding of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels in Chinese Medicine differs from systems like Neidan (Internal Alchemy).
For current day students, studying arts like Neidan can be very helpful. They can give us deeper insights in the dynamic of important aspects of our medicine, like the Extraordinary Vessels, the body fluids etc. Also they can learn how to settle oneself and attain a deeper level of stillness. This state can be highly useful for palpation based practices.
Next to advancing your medical practice, it might also affect you on a more profound level, it can benefit your health and mental state. Inner cultivation is a path which entails all aspects of life.
Daoist meditation entails many different practices, but the focus here is on one of the most important forms which is called Neidan or Internal Alchemy. A system which enables the practitioner to refine and transform his or her jing, qi and shen.
In this weekend we will try to offer students some insights in its history and relation with Chinese medicine and some effective initial practices.

Event scheme

This seminar will teach the fundamentals of Internal Alchemy and its relationship with CM, while focusing on building practical skills which students can apply immediately.
The seminar will have six hours of lecture and six hours of practice spread over two days from 11.00 - 18.00 hrs. The main teacher will be Robert Coons and Felix de Haas will zoom in on the medical applications of Neidan.
  • Unit 1
    Pre and Post Heaven Jing, Qi and Shen
    Internal Alchemy practice is unique in that it is the only system of Chinese energetic practice which actively alternates between the Pre-Heaven and Post-Heaven conscious and subconscious environments as its prerogative in practice. In this unit we will learn the meaning of Jing, Qi and Shen in both states and how to “Harmonize the Breath and Spirit” to enter a deep state of Meditation. We will use the document Dao De Jing Chan Wei as our guide to study.
  • Unit 2
    Fundamentals of the Daoist Body, San Tian, San Guan
    In this unit we will review the three Dan Tian and Three Gates of the Spine which make up the bulk of the Zi Wu Orbit of Ren and Du. We will see how the Lower Dantian is the domain where we cultivate our Pre-Heaven essence, harvest the Tian Gui and begin the process of extraction of pure Yang energy from the Kidneys.
    The source material for this unit is taken from the Northern School Internal Alchemy document's of Qiu Chuji.
  • Unit 3
    Alchemical Dao Yin of the Ren and Du Meridians
    The Zi Wu circuit of Ren and Du takes several years to complete in traditional meditation training, but it is possible to help the process along through targeted Dao Yin practices. In this unit we will learn practical skills from Min Yide's Thirteen Rules of Nurturing Life, a Qing Dynasty Dao Yin text which also delves into CM illness prevention.
  • Unit 4
    Vital Fluids in Meditation
    In this unit we will learn the importance of the Vital Fluids in Internal Alchemy practice. We will study the concepts of the Jade Lake, Water Palace, the relationship of Blood and Qi in the Post-Heaven circulation, and touch on the relationship between the Four Seas of the Neijing with Internal Alchemy practice, especially in regard to the Sea of Marrow.
  • Unit 5
    An overview of the Ba Mai in relations to Internal Alchemy Practice
    In this unit we will discuss the process of developing the Ba Ma circulation and how traditional Daoist texts view it. We will touch on the circulation of the Ren and Du, Yin and Yang Qiao, Yin and Yang Wei paired meridians as well as the horizontal Mao You orbit and the Great Heavenly Orbit circulation of the Chong meridian. We will also touch briefly in long term goals in practice and the mindset required to succeed.
  • Unit 6
    Medical Implications
    Here we focus on the medical implications of Internal Alchemy practice, how it has been used in a clinical setting, and how it works together with Engaging Vitality's and other palpation based approaches.


Robert James Coons is a long term student of traditional Chinese arts and culture. Receiving over a decade of instruction by master Yang Hai on the subjects of Daoism, martial arts, and Chinese philosophy, Coons also studies in China and Taiwan where he has studied meditation, Qi Gong, Taijiquan, Taiwan Cha Dao tea ceremony, and many other subjects.
His teacher Yang Hai has studied with the former abbot of the White Clouds monastery in Beijing, one of the most important centers of Daoist learning.
Robert Coons can be considered to be an expert on Neidan (Internal Alchemy), having extensively studied a wide array of Neidan texts in its original language. Though he studied the different schools, he is a proponent of the Middle School, which can be seen as a fusion of the Northern and Southern Schools and has a preference for non affected practices.
Felix de Haas is teacher of the Engaging Vitality approach to acupuncture. He studies and practices East Asian medicine for more than 35 years. His own journey has been through different aspects of East Asian Medicine with a strong focus on the classics and the surrounding body of East Asian philosophical literature and history. He has also studied for most time of his life different Asian Internal Cultivation practices including Neidan. He has studied and practiced over a long time Japanese acupuncture techniques including Manaka and Toyohari. Since the last decade he has specialized in the Engaging Vitality approach, but ultimately in the practice it is always an eclectic and individual approach. Felix has studied with several outstanding masters including Francois Ramakers, Bob Flaws, Stephen Birch, Yanagista Sensei, Takai Sensei, Dan Bensky, Charles Chace and Volker Scheid. He has two clinics in the Netherlands and transmits the basic module program of Engaging Vitality and teaches also postgraduate courses about the philosophical and historical aspects of Classical East Asian Medicine.