There are now significant resources on the Da Xuan tradition available online and in print:
If you’re new to Da Xuan, this is the order I would tackle the books in:
My book is specifically written for people with absolutely no background in anything Da Xuan or Daoist so is a great place to start and will help to frame all the other books!
This is my teacher’s first book in English, and is a bit heavier on the details of the tradition than mine which can make it a bit overwhelming as a first point of entry. However, once you have your head around the basics, it is an incredible resource filled with loads of exercises for the Mind (Shen Gong) and the breath (Nei Dan).
I call this book ‘The Happy Book’. It is a little more focused on things you can do in your daily life rather than formal meditations, and is full of all kinds of great advice for how to approach happiness and practice from the Da Xuan perspective.
Even if you are not into martial arts, this book is a wonderful resource for internal training, specifically for how to train static postures/standing meditation. There is plenty of useful advice for approaching martial arts practice too, and a few other hidden gems for those who know what they are looking for 😉
The Dao De Jing is the most famous Daoist text and the second most translated text in history (after the bible). This book is neither a light or easy read, but the information contained inside is worth the effort. It does not translate the whole Dao De Jing but rather goes into details of the most critical chapters and, more importantly, reveals the associated practices!
This book is less about fighting and more about how to keep yourself safe if you’re out and about, what to look out for to know if someone is planning on attacking you and how to deal with various situations depending on the type of perpetrator.
Interview transcripts, articles, and blog posts.
My teacher and I have both recorded a number of videos that contain all sorts of great information and practices:
Introduction to Da Xuan and Qi Gong Practice
This video contains a reasonably in depth introduction to the school, as well as an excellent qi gong practice that will work either if you are a total beginner or seasoned practitioner.
Serge Augier talking about Da Xuan on the Flying Monk Talk Show
An introduction to Da Xuan, including a talk about how the school was founded and many other details!
This video contains an introduction to the concept of how our mind filters us from perceiving reality directly.
Clarity for Nei Gong Training
This video contains a short but important talk about how it’s important to be clear and simple with your practice.
A SIMPLE STANDING PRACTICE
This video contains a guide to standing centered as we approach it in Da Xuan, and is presented as a follow along so you can try at home. Made by me!
UNCOUPLING THE WAIST
Another simple practice that is a little more dynamic, this one will reveal hidden tension in the waist line and help us disassociate the ribs from the hips. It’s very good for digestion too!
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Courses and documentaries on the Da Xuan tradition.
A course on the basic physical practices of Da Xuan presented by Jeremy Rocul, a disciple of the tradition. Includes 2.5 hours of teachings! The specials on Udemy make this course accessible for a very small cost!
Another course presented by Jeremy Rocul, this one is on the Daoist practices that directly help us with our emotions. The specials on Udemy make this course accessible for a very small cost!
The first part of a documentary series created about my teacher Serge Augier and the Da Xuan tradition, created by Alex Kozma from Line of Intent. It introduces many aspects of Daoist practice, including combat, geomancy, medicine and more.
The second part of a documentary series created about my teacher Serge Augier and the Da Xuan tradition, created by Alex Kozma from Line of Intent. It continues discussing many aspects of Daoist practice, including combat, geomancy, medicine and more.