VSAGoldLogoAboutValley Spirit Arts specializes in books and DVDs on Daoist philosophy, martial art, and Chinese health-related subjects. Featuring the works of author, translator, and teacher Stuart Alve Olson, longtime student of Master T.T. Liang.

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Yellow Court: Taoist Scripture on the External and Internal Illumination (Pre-Order)

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The Yellow Court Scripture is without question one of the most important works in Taoism concerning meditation, internal alchemy, medical qigong, sexual alchemy, and self-healing. This translation includes the work of Taoist adept and scholar Wu Zhengzi of the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE), who wrote a brilliant commentary on the Yellow Court Scripture. Wu’s commentary brings a great deal of clarity and insight to this landmark work on Taoist mysticism. More …

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Seen and UnseenThe Seen and Unseen: A Taoist Guide for the Meditation 
Practice of Inner Contemplation

The Seen and Unseen, based on the teachings of The Yellow Emperor’s Yin Convergence Scripture,presents the philosophical details for engaging in the inner contemplative forms of meditation. Many methods on meditation are based on the teaching of ceasing all thought, but in this work the practice goes to the contemplation and observation of thoughts and mind. As the Yin Convergence Scripture states, “Mind creates everything.” There is nothing other than mind, so the understanding and contemplation of it will culminate in realizing the Tao. The Yin Convergence Scripture is one of the oldest Taoist texts on contemplative meditation. It approaches meditation as an act of understanding through quiet contemplation of the Three Powers of Heaven, Earth, and Humanity and how the Five Thieves of each power rob us of not only realizing the Tao, but our health and longevity as well. More

embryonic-breathing-front-coverEmbryonic Breathing: The Taoist Method of Opening the Dan Tian

This book reveals the simple and effective method of Embryonic Breathing within Taoist meditation for the purpose of opening the lower Elixir Field, the very foundation of Internal Alchemy. It focuses on Stuart Alve Olson’s translation of The Lofty and Foremost Jade Emperor’s Canon on Embryonic Breathing, a very popular sixteenth century Taoist text comprising nine verses, as well as a translation of the brilliant commentary by Taoist Master Zhong Xuzi. In addition Olson provides a concise and informative introduction and commentary on the nine verses of the text, and shares much of what he had learned from Master T.T. Liang on this subject. More

Chen Tuan’s Four Season Internal Kungfu

This book provides direct translations from one of China’s greatest holistic healers and teachers, Taoist immortal Chen Tuan (871–989 CE), whose Four Season Qigong and Twenty-Four Dao Yin Seated Exercises were modeled on the four seasons and twenty-four lunar periods of the year. The exercises are really quite simple and take little time to perform. Despite their simplicity, the corresponding principles and theories supporting them are quite profound. Anyone sincerely engaging in these practices will not only find a trove of health benefits, but also acquire a deep appreciation  of Chen Tuan’s truly brilliant work. More

Refining Elixir BookRefining the Elixir: The Internal Alchemy Teachings of Taoist Immortal Zhang Sanfeng

Refining the Elixir is one of the clearest and most in-depth analyses on Internal Alchemy (Neidan) in English. Aside from the excellent translation work, Stuart Alve Olson provides extensive introductory sections and commentaries on the texts—a wonderful guide for practicing and learning the meditation art and science of Internal Alchemy. Stuart addresses the mystical terminology of Internal Alchemy by explaining it in understandable, detailed, and practical terms. Anyone, no matter the tradition of meditation followed, will find this book inspiring and enlightening. More

Taoist Chanting & Recitation CoverTaoist Chanting & Recitation:
At-Home Cultivator’s Practice Guide

This extraordinary book presents the Taoist practices of chanting and ceremony along with the contemplative meditation method of reciting Taoist scriptures. Contained within are rare and first-time translations of Taoist ceremonial chants, four short Taoist texts, and a complete translation of Lao Zi’s Scripture on Tao and Virtue (Tao Te Ching).

Written strictly for the lay Taoist to have a more meaningful and deeper practice at home, Stuart Alve Olson offers instructions on chanting, offering incense, bowing, and creating an at-home shrine. He also provides insights into the purposes for contemplative recitation meditation. This is truly an exceptional work for all those interested in practicing Taoism. More

Actions_&_Retributions_BookActions & Retributions: A Daoist Treatise on Attaining Spiritual Virtue, 
Longevity, and Immortality

The Treatise on Actions and Retributions is probably the most widely distributed and printed spiritual book in history, having been cherished by Daoist, Buddhist, and Confucian clergy and the Chinese populace for centuries. The work is definitely Daoist in origin, and Stuart Alve Olson has done an excellent job of presenting its Daoist roots and showing how it’s meant to be studied as a Daoist internal alchemy text. Much of this work provides first-time translations and explanations of this incredible source text on Daoist philosophy and internal spiritual cultivation. This book belongs in the library of everyone interested in Daoist teachings and practices. More

Latest book and DVDs in the Chen Kung Series

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Tai Ji Tui Shou: Mastering the Eight Styles and Four Skills of Sensing Hands (Volume 4)

This volume in the Chen Kung Series presents the two-person Tui Shou exercises of the Eight Styles and Four Skills of Sensing Hands (popularly known as “Pushing Hands”). The main purpose of Sensing Hands—and also Greater Rolling-Back (Da Lu) and Dispersing Hands (San Shou)—is to learn how to Interpret the movements and changes of the opponent, and, just as importantly, how to sense your own defects. The Taijiquan Classic says, “Through knowing yourself, you can know others,” so in Taijiquan, you learn how to interpret yourself first, and then apply it to an opponent. More