By Richard Bertschinger
Over two-thousand years ago in China, a small text appeared. This was the Tao-te Ching, which became the seminal scripture of the Taoists. The author, Lao Tzu believed political or societal change to be less effective than an inner radiance of spirit... ‘cultivate virtue in yourself and it will be real, in the family and it will abound, in the neighbourhood and it will endure, in the world and it will be everywhere’. The book contains instruction in qigong, the blending of mind and body, with the breath. Taoists believed we should live in harmony with nature, letting each thing develop in its own way, embracing wu-wei, stillness, and Heaven’s Way. The world can be simply ordered, using the inner tactics of the practice of 'qigong'. Each verse is followed by a Note To Qigong Practitioners explaining its subtle mode of thought, a turning inward and gentle approach, distinctly Chinese. Richard’s translation is entirely based upon the ancient commentators and instruction by his teacher Gia-fu Feng.