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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Refining the ElixirRefining the Elixir (Pre-sale)

Books will be available in February 2016.

Refining the Elixir provides an in-depth analysis of Zhang Sanfeng’s Internal Alchemy (Nei Dan) teachings, presenting four important works attributed to him: The Great Process for Refining the Elixir Treatise, Verses on Seated Meditation, The Sleeping Immortal, and Zhang Sanfeng’s Commentary on Lu Zi’s One Hundred Word Discourse.

These works outline clear perspectives on the Taoist art of internal alchemy, a unique and effective practice designed for the development of health, longevity, and immortality. More ...

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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 …

Clarity and TranquilityClarity & Tranquility: A Guide for Daoist Meditation

Clarity & Tranquility: A Guide for Daoist Meditation is an in-depth work on the method of Tranquil Sitting, a crucial and important practice for all Daoist practitioners. Stuart Alve Olson’s introduction provides a great deal of valuable advice, history, and purpose for Tranquil Sitting. The main body of the work is divided into three integral sections that provide a comprehensive overview for anyone seriously seeking to practice meditation, whether one is a beginner or a longtime practitioner. Each section is distinct, yet they all work together to ensure the meditation practitioner has not only the insight of purpose for Daoist meditation, but the correct method. More …

Daoist Sexual Arts: A Guide for Attaining Health, Youthfulness, Vitality, and Awakening the Spirit

The subject of Daoist sexual teachings and practices has often been confusing to Western readers. This confusion is a result of how Daoism has intrinsically bound sexuality with spirituality and internal alchemy, making the language of its literature difficult to grasp by Western readers.

In Daoist Sexual Arts, Stuart Alve Olson demystifies this specialized language through his insightful instructional notes and comments, culled from his many years of intense study and practice of Daoist arts.

This book presents two of the most important texts of Daoist restorative and transformative sexual alchemy teachings (The Immortaless He Xiangu 
on the Correct Course for Female Practice and The Immortal Zhang Sanfeng’s 
Summary on Gathering the True Root-Power), augmented with excerpts and insights from a variety of Daoist schools, all of which makes this book a valuable source guide for anyone interested in Daoist health, longevity, sexual-spiritual philosophy, and internal alchemy teachings. More


Yellow Court Scripture (Audio Recordings)

Stuart Alve Olson’s lectures on the entire Yellow Court Scripture, with commentary by Tang Dynasty Daoist Priest Wu Zhengzi, is now being offered to all customers of Valley Spirit Arts and members of the Sanctuary of Dao. The information in these 70 audio recordings is simply not attainable anywhere else. Recorded from online classes that Stuart conducted with a student over the past year and a half, this commentary on the Yellow Court Scripture touches on Daoist philosophy, meditation, internal alchemy, medical qigong, and the spirit world like no other Daoist material provides. The Yellow Court Scripture is the source from which almost all Daoist internal alchemy practices have developed. More …

EighteenLohanSkillsCoverThe Eighteen Lohan Skills: Traditional Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Training Methods

This book belongs in every martial artist’s library, as the Eighteen Lohan Skills are a foundational system for the development of kung fu—not only traditional Shaolin Temple Kung Fu, but for nearly all martial art systems created thereafter. Through its yoga-like stretching aspects, the Eighteen Lohan Skills are not only a qigong practice (combining breathing with body movements), they also train martial applications, and promote internal alchemy skills because they stimulate and develop the internal energies of jing (body/essence), qi (breath/vitality), and shen (mind/spirit). The Eighteen Lohan Skills presents a complete system for health, longevity, and spiritual development. More