Yin Shi Zi is the Taoist name of Jiang Wei Qiao (1873-1958). He was trained in Classical
Chinese Medicine and was a Professor of Physiology at Kuan Hua University in Shanghai.
He had already published two earlier works: one when he was 41 about his Taoist experiences
called Yin Shi Zi’s Meditation and another when he was 45 called The Continuation
of Yin Shi Zi’s Meditation.
Yin Shi Zi was one of the first people to explain the Taoist and Buddhist meditation
methods in understandable language without using Taoist technical terms. The present
book actually contains more material than his previous two books.
From childhood he had many health problems including tuberculosis. At 26, using Taoist
methods, he cured himself of all his health problems and opened the microcosmic orbit.
Later at 42 he studied the meditation method of Zhi Kuan from the Tian Tai Tsung
school of Buddhism. He describes his experience of the six extraordinary meridians
opening for him.
At 60, he was taught and practised the Tibetan Phowa technique of transferring consciousness
to a Pure Land. At 74, he learned the Tibetan Mahamudra meditation.
All these personal experiences are related in the second part of the book. In the
first part he gives his instructions on meditation which are mostly drawn from the
Tian Tai Tsung school of Buddhism.
I can wholeheartedly recommend this book as an fascinating record of someone’s personal
experiences with Taoist and Buddhist meditation methods. In my experience it’s rare
for someone to go into the level of detail about their personal experiences that
Yin Shi Zi does. He gives a very precise account of how energy meridians opened for
him over a period of time. A lot of valuable lessons can be drawn from his experiences
and from his instructions in the first part of the book.