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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583944958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583944950
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this finely crafted book, Tao adept Bruce Frantzis provides us with both the theory and practice of Taoist esoteric sexual teachings. Whether it's the sensual or the spiritual aspect of sex that turns you on most, you'll find clear guidance and sound advice in these pages."
-Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity

From the Back Cover

What if you could become a better lover, increase your pleasure and accelerate your spiritual awakening all in one? This groundbreaking book gives you a way to do just that. Bruce Frantzis guides you through Laozi's inner tradition of Taoism, revealing the secrets of sexual qigong and meditation, toward the ultimate aim of merging with your partner and the Tao.


Included are 37 practices with more than 140 detailed illustrations that will help you:
  • Become a more sensitive and effective lover
  • Release stress and become more comfortable with sex
  • Enjoy multiple, whole-body orgasms
  • Use qi and orgasms to heal and revitalize your body
  • Learn how the five elements affect your relationships
  • Awaken your psychic and spiritual potential

More About the Author

Bruce Frantzis is a Taoist Lineage Master with more than 40 years experience in Eastern healing systems. He is the first known Westerner to hold authentic lineages in qigong, bagua, tai chi, hsing-i and Taoist meditation.

Bruce trained for over a decade in China and also has extensive experience in Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, yoga, Kundalini, energy healing therapies and Taoist Fire and Water traditions of Taoism. Fluent in Chinese and Japanese, he has drawn on 16 years of intensive study in Asia to develop a systematic approach to teaching Taoist energy arts.

In 1981, Frantzis was accepted as one of only two disciples of the late Taoist Sage Liu Hung Chieh. Prior to becoming a Taoist Lineage Master, Liu had been declared enlightened by the Tien Tai School of Chinese Buddhism. For several years, Frantzis studied bagua, tai chi, hsing-i, qigong and Taoist meditation daily with Liu in Beijing.

In 1986, Liu formally passed his lineage to Frantzis, empowering him to teach bagua, tai chi and hsing-i, as well as Lao Tse's Water method of Taoist meditation--a practice which had been virtually unavailable to Westerners. Frantzis created the Energy Arts System Frantzis based on teachings from the Water method of Taoist meditation, described by Lao Tse in the Tao Te Ching over 2,500 years ago. This sophisticated tradition has been transmitted for millennia from teacher to disciple in an unbroken lineage to the Taoist sage Liu Hung Chieh and from him to Frantzis.

Twenty years of prior training provided a foundation to prepare Frantzis for Liu's teachings. At the age of twelve, Frantzis began his comprehensive study of martial arts, healing therapies and meditation. He earned black belts in judo, karate, jujitsu and aikido by the age of eighteen. To pursue advanced training, he moved to Japan, where he trained for two years with Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. He then went to China and studied Taoist energy arts for 11 years. Frantzis also spent two years in India studying advanced yoga and Tantric practices.

Frantzis studied acupuncture and worked as a qigong therapist and tui na bodyworker (energy healing) in medical clinics in China. Frantzis has studied with some of the greatest masters of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China including Kenichi Sawai and Han Hsing Yuan (I Chuan); Wang Shu Jin and Hung I Hsiang (bagua and hsing-i); Yang Cheng Fu's eldest son Yang Shao Jung, T. T. Liang, Lin Du Ying and Feng Zhi Qiang (Yang and Chen style tai chi).

After the death of Liu Hung Chieh in 1986, Frantzis journeyed back to the United States. He offers workshops and instructor trainings in North American and Europe. Frantzis has personally certified more than 400 instructors worldwide. He has lectured at Oxford University in England and served as an advisor to Harvard University's Qi Research Group.

Frantzis has developed a practical, comprehensive system of programs that can enable people of all ages and fitness levels to increase their core energy and attain vibrant health.

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This book is helpful for students of Bruce's qigong and internal martial arts system as well.
movementmedicine
The information in the book is very organised and contains a lot of information that is universally useful to all kinds of practice and taoism as whole.
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Depending who you are and what your preferences may be, that can be either a good thing or a bad thing.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Scott on November 24, 2012
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I ordered this book recently, it arrived yesterday, and I have spent much of today reading different sections of it. I want to start by saying that this is my favorite BF/EA book ever! I own and have read many books on Taoism, particularly translations by Thomas Cleary and books by Daniel Reid. I've read a number of other books on Taoist subjects, including many by Bruce Frantzis and his Energy Arts company. I've gleaned things from every BF book I've ever read, but my largest critique or issue with them has always been that they tend to be very technique-heavy and theory-light. Depending who you are and what your preferences may be, that can be either a good thing or a bad thing. I've always viewed BF as being farthest on the "practical doing" side of the continuum, and Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming as being the furthest on the "theory" side, though obviously both men can do both.

This book is quite sizable, coming in at around 400 pages or so total. It has a number of "practice" sections in it, though I've skipped over those so far. However, and what I like about it so much, is that it contains and explains much more theory than many of his other books. His previous book on "Bagua and Tai Chi" had quite a bit more theory in it as well. Mr. Frantzis, if your reading this, I heartily approve of your writing books with more theory/description in them and hope this trend continues. While delving more into theory and explanation, this book remains eminently readable and straightforward to follow, something that I can't say about some other taoist books out there. So what kind of material is in this book? Well, a lot, and much of it need not tie into sex per se, though that is one method of accessing or working with such subtle energies.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wmunky on January 13, 2013
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This book is a joy to read and is also packed with in depth content at over 400 pages. The amount of information that the author includes is outstanding. Having himself studied real taoism for decades, the act of bringing this knowledge to the West is a real treasure.
The information in the book is very organised and contains a lot of information that is universally useful to all kinds of practice and taoism as whole. The sex aspect of taoism is not just some thing that is completely separate from everything else but rather because the practices are based on taoism itself just learning about the sex aspect can enhance your overall understanding of taoist practices and theory, which the author goes into in depth.
The book's practices and the overall context of everything ties back to taoism and all its practices as everything one does in whatever solo practices of qigong and meditation that they do can be integrated and used in sexual qigong or sexual meditation.
Most books or nearly all books on sex to do with spirituality are dealing with sexual qigong but this book actually goes into sexual meditation used as a complete spiritual path to seeing our true nature and eventually becoming one with Tao (just as in solo cultivation/meditation methods).
The author mentions in the book that setting up live sexual training is more difficult in the West due to Western attitudes and beliefs on the topic of sex which differs from the Taoist's understanding. This the author explains thoroughly in the first section of the book.
The book also excels at answering many questions people may have about sex in regards to spirituality, energy and cultivation from the perspective of one or multiple views in taoism.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terrence H. Keenan on January 19, 2013
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When I purchased this book I had only heard of Bruce Frantzis on the internet. I was reticent to make the purchase because of all the "Experts" ready and willing to take someone's money and offer almost nothing in return. It seems that in the internet marketing world, there is no end of people offering dubious wisdom for financial gain. Few of them have much honor beyond their desire to cash in the the wealth of anonymous marketing. Bruce Frantzis, I am pleased to report, is the real thing.
This book, encyclopedic in length and content is a rare find. It offers the Taoist theory upon which all the exercises, both mental and physical are based. Having been a student of Tai Chi Chuan for several years, I was most excited to be reminded of what I used to know and instructed in theories and techniques I had never heard of before.
In a word, after reading some of the 400 plus pages of this tome, I would love to study personally with Mr. Frantzis.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tao man on December 15, 2012
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This is an extremely interesting and useful compendium of knowledge about spiritual development from an unusual point of view: that of using the energy of sexuality to power spiritual development. Frantzis reveals for the first time his own personal understanding of this topic based on years of training as a Taoist priest. Worth reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jak on December 22, 2012
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After reading this book, I felt compelled to write a review.

I've read a number of this author's books and in reading this book I am amazed at how much he has improved as a writer! He seems to have taken all the dedication that he once poured into his martial arts training, and instead directed it into learning the art and science of writing a book.

In the past, I have been deeply frustrated when reading his first books on meditation. I was a beginner at the time and just started learning about Meditation and Qi Gong. And his older books were not beginner friendly at all. You have no idea how many times I've thought "what is he talking about?!?!".

This book is a vast improvement. The biggest difference is that this book is very beginner friendly. It basically assumes that you know nothing about the subject. From that assumption the author slowly builds up, explaining theory and practice in stages. Each stage building upon the next.

This makes the book much less intimidating then his prior works.

I also like how he's mixed theory and practice seamlessly through out the book. First he gives you a little of theory and background on the practices. He talks about why something is important and then he gives some exercises you can practice. I love this approach. When a section of the book really resonates with me, I tend to get excited and I want to start trying it out! I immediately have an exercise that lets me do just that! Very cool way to design and layout this book.

In general, I've been impressed with the more abstract details of how this book was laid out. Breaking it out into sections on Jing, Chi, Shen (Body, Energy, Spirit) was a brilliant idea. The interspersed practice sections are great and well designed.
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