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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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Chen Tuan’s Four Season Internal Kungfu (Pre-sale Offer)

This book provides direct translations from Chen Tuan’s work on the exercise regimes of the Four Seasons, a series of simple methods that a practitioner applies during each season of the year (or three-month period). Within each season are six additional exercise regimes that run consecutively every two weeks before moving on to the next routine. Altogether this makes twenty-four exercise routines running throughout the year, along with the major one for each season. More

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Refining 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

Book of Tao and Virtue Contemplation Meditation

Book of Tao and Virtue Contemplation Meditations (Audio Recordings)

These companion downloadable MP3 recordings to the book Taoist Chanting and Recitation by Stuart Alve Olson present the author narrating his translation of Lao Zi’s Tao De Jing (Scripture on Tao and Virtue). 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

Taiji Sensing Hands: Fixed-Stance Training DVD

This DVD is the first of two companion DVDs for the book Tai Ji Tui Shou (vol. 4 of the Chen Kung Series), translated by Stuart Alve Olson.

Taiji Sensing Hands: Fixed-Stance Training introduces the Yang Family self-defense training methods more commonly known as Pushing Hands. Although Pushing Hands is the standard translation for Tui Shou, a more accurate definition is Sensing Hands, as the exercises have nothing to do with using brute force, being more about sensing and interpreting an opponent’s actions. More …

Taiji Sword, Saber & Staff DVD

This DVD provides demonstrations and instructions on the Taijiquan Sword, Saber, and Staff forms as detailed in volume 6 of the Chen Kung Series: Tai Ji Bing Shu, translated by Stuart Alve Olson, and is meant to be studied with that work. Full instructions with Stuart Alve Olson’s commentaries on the sword, saber, and staff are found in the book, whereas the DVD focuses on showing the forms and practices as Chen Kung decribed them.

Although these weapons are complete training systems of Taijiquan, each has a primary focus in its intentions: sword develops the skill of extending intrinsic energy through the arms and hands, saber develops the skill of issuing qi from the spine, and staff develops the skill of directing intrinsic energy through the waist. More …