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Product Details

  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center (April 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594390673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594390678
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The author, a physicist and engineer, is undoubtedly the most knowledgeable expert on Chinese martial arts and internal energy systems in the Western world. In this incredibly well-illustrated and documented tome on qigong (chi kung) meditation, Dr. Yang provides in-depth information as to what internal energy is, how it works, how to safely develop it, and its importance to health. In this reviewer’s experience with the fighting arts for over fifty years, this is absolutely the best, most complete book on the subject I have seen. Dr. Yang should be considered a national treasure by both China and the US. No one else has the breadth or depth of his knowledge, the scientific understanding of it, and the ability to explain its innermost secrets while transcending an allegorical Oriental knowledge base to a scientific Western one. We rated this book the highest five hearts score." (Bob Spear Heartland Reviews)

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Everton Brooks
If you mediate already or are interested in learning about qigong meditation, then this is most likely one of the best books available on the subject.
Patrick H. Dickson
Overall, I recommend reading this book as it will provide a thorough grounding in energy work techniques.
Taylor Ellwood

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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful By JB on May 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was dissapointed with this book. I expected much more from a whole book devoted to small circulation. It gives you the impression that Yang never learned small circulation meditation from an actual teacher, but seems to have picked up techniques from ancient writings. Only a very small portion of this book is devoted to the actual practice of small circulation, the rest is translations of others writings and qigong theory which is included in his other books. Overall, I think there's some good info, but I found Qigong Empowerment by Shou Yu Liang to be much better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Ellwood VINE VOICE on May 20, 2009
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I just finished reading Small Circulation by Jwing-Ming Yang and I've been implementing the energy practices in it. It hasn't involved changing much that I hadn't already learned from Mantak Chia's work on the Microcosmic orbit. If anything, it's provided more of a concrete explanation of the energetic mechanics involved with internal energy work.

What I find useful about his writing is just how much work he's done to translate documents and explain the processes described in those documents. The illustrations and instructions are straightforward and very helpful in learning how to work with the qi/chi of the body. Overall, I recommend reading this book as it will provide a thorough grounding in energy work techniques.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Patrick H. Dickson on November 16, 2006
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For those of you who have struggled to obtain correct and lucid information on Qigong Meditation, then this is one of a series of books that will lead you in the right direction. As those who are familiar with Dr. Yang's publications, the book is written in a style that is accessible and accurate. Much of the previous material available in English was short on explanation and long on symbolism and obscure terms that seemed to have no clear interpretation.

Dr. Yang possesses an incredible history, with a background in martial arts combined with an unceasingly inquisitive, curious and intelligent mind. His goal, as I understand it, to make available accurate and true information on various martial arts styles, is commendable, to say the least.

The book presents a wide range of information, with the following sections:

Chapter 1 General Concepts

Chapter 2 Theoretical foundations

Chapter 3 Four Refinements

Chapter 4 Five Regulatings

Chapter 5 Theoretical root of Small Circulation

Chapter 6 Embryonic Breathing

Chapter 7 Important Points in Meditation

Chapter 8 Small Circulation Meditation Practice

Chapter 9 Questions and Possible Human Future

Chapter 10 Conclusion

Chapter 6, Embryonic Breathing, is not a complete study of the subject. As Dr. Yang mentions in the book, the reader would be advised to purchase the book Embryonic Breathing and study it, preferably before beginning this book, or at least the chapter on Embryonic Breathing. It is an excellent book and provides the student with a solid understanding of the role of breathing in Meditation and qigong.
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Qigong is a form of meditation and stylized exercise that has its roots in Buddhism. Qigong Meditation: Small Circulation by Chinese martial arts and Qigong expert Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is an excellent guide for western readers to the practice of Qigong style mediation practiced throughout Asia. Expertly providing readers with the basic concepts underlying this form of meditation for the improvement and control of personal energy circulation, Qigong Meditation offers an in-depth and practical understanding of the fundamentals for its revitalizing and energizing practices. A core addition to Qigong, meditation, martial arts, Buddhist Studies, and Eastern spirituality reference collections, Qigong Meditation is very strongly recommended for readers seeking to practice Qigong meditation.
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