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The Eight Immortals' Sword of Pure Yang

Baolin Wu, with Michael McBride and Vincent Wu, Livia Kohn (Editor), Oliver Benson (Illustrator)

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ISBN 10: 1931483191 / ISBN 13: 9781931483193
Published by Three Pines Press, 2011
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Title: The Eight Immortals' Sword of Pure Yang

Publisher: Three Pines Press

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Edition: First Three Pines.

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This is the story of Master Wu and the esoteric sword practice he learned at the White Cloud Monastery in Beijing. It opens this practice to the outside world for the first time, explaining its history, theory, cosmology, and practice in great detail.The Eight Immortals'Revolving Sword goes back for seventeen generations, starting with Wang Chongyang, the founder of the Complete Reality school and martial arts champion of the Song dynasty, and actively continued through Qiu Chuji and other senior Daoist lineage holders.

Practicing sword to attain immortality is a profound Daoist method. Master Wu shares his insights and practice instructions as a way of self-cultivation, illuminating the power of the practice to drive away inauspicious energies, eliminate harmful incidents, and safeguard against ghosts. Able to harness good fortune, practice of this sword set enhances inner communication and creates an intimate connection with the universe.In traditional Chinese fashion, Master Wu guides the reader through the ins and outs of the history, folklore, and technique of this sword practice, focusing especially on the figures of the Eight Immortals and explaining their legends, practices, and feats in great detail. Along the way, he highlights the hidden jewels of training with insightful commentaries on various parables, thereby to bring out the essence of Dao. He succeeds masterfully at braiding together his unique training history and deep Daoist insights with treasured traditional stories, creating a thrilling account and setting a palpable example of Daoism�s best kept inner secrets as brought to life in actual experiences today.

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Dr. Baolin Wu is a senior master of Daoist sword practice. From an early age he studied with Master Du Xinling, abbot of the White Cloud Monastery, training in the Book of Changes, Chinese herbal medicine, martial arts, swordplay, Bagua zhang, Taiji quan, Xingyi quan, and more. Especially in the Book of Changes and in sword skill, Master Wu reached the highest pinnacle, making accurate predictions and excelling in martial practice. After working as a physician at Guanganmen Hospital in Beijing for many years, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1990. Since then, Master Wu has served as a teacher of Daoist exercise and TCM practitioner in Santa Monica, Calif. He has two earlier books: Sighting the Eye of the Dragon: Inner Secrets of Taoist Feng Shui (St. Martin Press, 2000) and Qi Gong for Total Wellness: Increase your Energy, Vitality and Longevity with the Ancient 9 Palaces System from the White Cloud Monastery (2006). Michael McBride is a native of Los Angeles. For the past 15 years, has studied Daoism under the guidance of Master Baolin Wu. He trained in qigong, taiji quan, Daoist swordplay and Chinese medical massage. He has traveled extensively in and around China for more than a decade. Vincent Wu, Master Wu's son, was born in the U.S. He currently attends high school in, Cerritos, Calif. He follows in his father footsteps and learns Chinese martial arts from him.

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