Date: October 7, 2011
Second, two historical phenomena
<The Secret of Golden flower> is the secret cultivation Classics of The Complete Reality of Taoism. Until modern times，Mr. Richard Wilhelm (理查德. 威廉姆 也称卫礼贤) from Germany passed it to Europe. In 1899, he arrived at China as a Christianity missionary. His original intention was to teach Chinese The Christianity, let Chinese to believe in God. He stayed in Qingdao, a place close to Mt.Laoshan. Mt.Laoshanis an old and famous ancestral home of The Complete Reality of Taoism. He was predestined to find the authentic Complete Reality of Taoism. Being a scholar with belief, rigid and realistic, Wilhelm immediately subdued by the mystical profound theory and cultivation. He lived inChinafor 21 years and he learned The Complete Reality Taoism's orthodox cultivation methods in Mt.Laoshan. After returning to homeland, he translated The Complete Reality Taoism's important classics(Taiyi Jinhua Zongzhi or The Doctrine of Taiyi and Jinhua) into German language, named it as "The Secret of Golden Flower”. This is the first time for this important Taoism classics being turned into foreign language, it had aroused the interest of Western world. Afterward, this book was translated into English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean and so on. Here is an interesting phenomenon: being very near to China, while had learned a lot of Chinese culture and tradition, Japan and Korea did not obtain these classics, cannot learn the method of this set of cultivating from the Taoism, but detoured via Germany to obtain this book.
More importantly, Wilhelm trained his European disciples with the Xing training (性功 Xing Gong) he learned from The Complete Reality of Taoism, finally some people saw the marvelous flashing design, he said that the chart of this bewilderment was the Mandala. Actually the word of Mandala, European first knew from Indian Buddhism classics. Mandala is one kind of plant, which can make person have phantasm, afterward some Buddhist classics, like "Da Ri Jing" (大日经), "Jin Gang Ding Jing" (金刚顶经) and so on borrowed this word for a special phenomenon of seeing a bright marvelous design in front of eyes in the training process. Training to this step makes the practitioner’s state of mind and personality very different from others, it seems like a probable influence by that plant, Mandala, thus the light chart is called Mandala. Afterward some people draw the Mandala they saw during their training, this is called the printed Mandala. In general the Mandala that ordinary people see is only the printed Mandala. Only to a certain extent, practitioner can see his own Mandala, this is the real Mandala, which can reflect the information of the universe and life and their influence.
Below are the Mandalas that Wilhelm’s disciples saw.
After one hundred years, in September, 2007, in a village in the Northern China, the 18th generation of successor of Dragon Gate (Longmen) school of The Complete Reality of Taoism Mr. Wang Liping gave 8 Europeans an intensive training according to the principle and methods of <The Secret of Golden flower> for eight days. Some saw the Mandala from the sixth day, when to the end of the training, six saw the Mandala. Below is the schematic diagram that they drew.
At that time the students asked Wang Liping curiously, why they see these things? What are they? These questions are connected with the theory and methods of Xing and Ming of The Complete Reality of Taoism. The Mandala is only a meaningful phenomenon that appears during this kind of training, but the theory and methods of Xing and Ming of The Complete Reality of Taoism are completely recorded in <The Secret of Golden flower>.