YeYoung Culture Studies (YCS) is a center for traditional Chinese cultural studies and practices. The YeYoung Tradition is a body-mind-spirit practice taught through the tradition of oral transmission and esoteric practice. It consists of the five traditional Chinese healing arts:
Water: Chinese Sages and their Philosophies
- Tibetan Buddhist and Zen Buddhist practice
- Lao Tzu and Zhuangzi
Wood: Chinese Poetry and Calligraphy
- Poetry: Tang and Song poems
- Calligraphy: Yan Zhen Qing and Han Li Style
- Chinese painting
Fire: Chinese Feng Shui and I Ching
- I Ching
- Feng Shui
- Face reading
Earth: Chinese Meditation (Neidan and Tai Chi)
- Chen Family Style Tai Chi Chuan
- The Art of Tea
- Food medicine
- Chinese Antiquity
- Keep Koi
Metal: Chinese Qin Music
- Chinese Qin Music: Wu Zhao Ji style
The YeYoung tradition focuses on self-cultivation to enliven one’s life with a perfection of body, mind, and spirit, and become a Master of practice of this earthly life, and ultimately, Enlightenment. Our students begin their training with YeYoung Neidan and Chen Family Style Tai Chi practices. The advanced students broaden their study to include the five arts.
The term "Qigong" or “Qi Gong” (known also as Chi Kung) has become more popular in the spiritual and energetic practices in the West today. What people don’t known is that “Qi Gong” is a modernized and especially communist term for a small part of the Chinese traditional practice, Neidan. Neidan, or “inner alchemy,” is the representative of Chinese meditative practice, which consists of an array of terminology, breathing, concentration, and visualization techniques: xinzhai, or “fasting the heart,” zuowang, or “sitting and forgetting,” cunsi, or “focusing and observing,” shouyi, or “concentrating on one,” xingqi, or “circulating qi,” fuqi, or “consuming qi,” taixi, or “fetus breathing,” tunai, or “expelling the old breath and drawing the new.”
YeYoung Neidan was established by the Prince of Ning (1378-1448), the 17th son of the founder and the first emperor of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). In addition to his oral transmissions within the YeYoung Family, the Prince of Ning’s Neidan and Daoyin teachings were collected in his book Huorenxing or “Enliven the Heart.” The original edition of “Enliven the Heart” can be viewed in the library of Beijing University today.
Neidan or Inner Alchemy is considered the highest Chinese spiritual and meditative practice in China, YeYoung Neidan practice embodies the essential teachings of the Southern Neidan School that was founded by the Southern Patriarch Zhang Boduan (984-1028). It is a technique of enlightenment, not much a doctrine, but a practice achieved by exercising the techniques to enhance health and longevity.
There are four stages of YeYoung Neidan:
First stage zhuji, or construction of the foundations, strengthening the body and mind (jing, qi and shen) is the primary requisite. Curing, then being free from physical conditions and illnesses, and harmonizing emotional and spiritual balance are essential. This stage is commonly characterized by the present-day popular Qi Gong practices in combination with Tai Chi practice.
Second stage Lianjing huaqi, or refining jing to qi, is the stage to refine the ordinary body fluids or subtle body functions. By practicing the specific given techniques on body posture, breathing pattern, and intent, jing is refined and transformed into the true qi.
Third stage Lianqi huashen, or refining qi to shen. The practitioner begins to activate the elixir by circulating the elixir downward along the ren channel then back up along the du channel. Once arrived at this stage, the practitioner will return/maintain one's youth, attain full wisdom, and become an “Earthly Immortal.”
Fourth stage Lianshen huaxu, or refining shen to the void, the practitioner reversed the rhythms of Nature, tracking time to its beginning, and returns to the emptiness, or the Tao. It is a stage one dwells on xing, or the original nature in its pristine purity. Arriving at the stage is arriving at complete enlightenment, and becoming a “Heavenly Immortal.”
YCS is ultimately committed to share and promote the traditional Chinese cultural studies and practices, and continue to conduct research, publish results, and provide classes and consulting. The YeYoung lineage teaching is hierarchal, and our classes are taught individually and follow the traditional teaching method that has been used and proven as the most effective teaching method for over 500 years.
“Let us work together to build a simpler world where there is less pain and more joy, a world of compassion, contentment, and peace!”
加州中國文化傳統研究院，致力於分享和促進中國文化傳統的研究與實踐，並堅持開展研究、發表著作活動，提供課堂授課與諮詢服務。弋陽傳承以傳統師承、單獨課堂教授方法進行，這種方法在 500 多年後的今天，仍然證明是最為有效的傳統教育方式。
(Translated by Yan Zhou)