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Tranquil Sitting by Yin Shi Zi


Singing Dragon, London and Philadelphia, 2013

ISBN:  978 1 84819 112 9

EISBN: 978 0 85701 030 2


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.