Neidan Language and Neidan Practice
The World Upside Down: Essays on Taoist Internal Alchemy, by Isabelle Robinet, page 24
An enigma in itself, suited to the enigma of life, Neidan proposes one enigma after the other and invites one to penetrate and solve them. It engages and keeps awake, and incites to exercise. One must walk through the different associative meshes that it fashions, organize them and reassemble them, make connections among them and then undo them. One must interpret and translate. Much more than by giving explanations, the masters instruct by showing how the action should be performed, how one should practice. Instead of providing definitions and interpretations of the signs that they employ, they demonstrate their usage. The “explanations” that are given do not explain anything; they do not intend to say the reason of the rule, but to illustrate the application, and to give an operative description.
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