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Penglai Internal Alchemy Fellowship – first online seminar

July 29, 2023 @ 15:00 18:00 BST

A quick correction about the times. The speakers start at 10 and finish at 12:45 with time for questions.

Free Seminar July 29:

When: Saturday July 29, 10 AM – 12:45 PM EST,

Where: ZOOM,

How much: free for everyone.

The last Saturday this July the Penglai Internal Alchemy Fellowship is happy to offer our first online seminar where we will be learning Internal Alchemy theory and practice and Daoist Qigong with three well known teachers.

Event schedule:

10 – 10:15 AM welcome and introductory statements with MC Robert Coons.

10:15-11 AM Ian Burgess presents the first three practices of Min Yide’s Thirteen Rules Dao Yin including:

  • 握固 Wo Gu/Firm Grasping: this ancient Daoist practice has roots in the Dao De Jing which says “a baby is weak but it has a firm grasp.” This is a Daoyin static technique designed to circulate Qi in the blood through the arms and heart.
  • 一意调心 Yi Yi Tiao Xin/One Mind Adjusts the Heart: this upper Dantian practice is designed to bring Qi from the heart center to the brain after Firm Grasping. It is an easy and fast way to obtain Post Heaven Qi in the brain in order to open the Meridian System of the body.
  • 神游水府 Shen You Shui Fu/The Spirit Travels to the Water Residence: this practice brings the Qi back to the Kidneys and finally brings it to rest in the Lower Dantian so it can be nurtured there and begin the process of building up powerful Qi in the body.

Ian will guide students through each step as a guided meditation and explain the benefit of each stage of practice.

This is a rare and powerful technique not commonly known in the Qigong world, so we are really thankful to Ian for sharing his knowledge and skills with us!

Ian will be available for questions at the end of his session.

11- 11:45: Wesley Tasker presents The Three Treasures in Martial Arts, Qigong and Neidan:

Wesley will share his research into the similarities and differences between the use of Jing, Qi and Shen in Neijia Quan arts such as Xingyi, Bagua and Taiji, as well as Neidan and Qigong.

He will borrow on textual sources such as Sun Lutang’s “The Real Exposition of the Martial Arts”, the Embryonic Breathing Classic, and Entering the Medicine Mirror (a famous Tang dynasty Internal Alchemy Classic by Cui Xifan).

He will also tell us about the benefits of Five Treasure Qigong in Post Heaven practice.

Wesley will be available to answer questions at the end of his session.

11:45-12: 15 minutes rest.

12 – 12:45: Robert Coons will present: Decoding Daoist Qigong and Meditation, an genre overview:

In this lecture Robert will explain the current scholarly consensus in China about the major styles of Daoist Qigong and Meditation and what this means to students of the genre.

The class will include:

  • an overview of Daoist energy practices with an emphasis on why Daoists have historically preferred stillness gongfu (静功) over active gongfu (动功),
  • a description of Daoist meditation styles from Zhuangzi to modern times with an emphasis on Zuo Wang, Ding Guan, Tai Xi and Neidan,
  • an explanation of Daoist Qigong focusing on Tu Na, Fu Qi (swallowing Qi) and its substyles, Visualization, Xing Qi (moving Qi), and the relationship between breathing practice and meditation styles such as Tai Xi.
  • A brief discussion about how medieval Daoist Qigong impacted modern Qigong, the boundaries of Qigong and Meditation and more.

Teacher Biographies:

Ian Burgess:

Ian began his practice of Martial Arts and Daoism in his late teens and quickly discovered they had a transformative effect on his life.

As he matured he sought ought the contemplative traditions of Daoism and ultiamtely met his Shifu, the Daoist Priest Lao Zhi Chang.

He credits his Shifu’s teachings with his deepening understanding of the connection between practice and life.

Today he continues to pursue and deepen his knowledge of contemplative studies including Zuo Wang, Nei Dan, and Dao Yin which he studies with many world-class teachers.

Ian is the official teacher of Min Yide’s Thirteen Rules of Yang Sheng Dao Yin program at the Penglai Internal Alchemy Fellowship as well as being certified to teach Qiu Chuji’s Golden Elixir Direct Transmission.

Wes Tasker:

Wes Tasker has been studying and practicing various martial arts since 1981. He has been practicing the Chinese martial art of Qilinpai since 1995. In 2004 he had the good fortune of starting his training with Tom Bisio in Chinese Medicine, Xingyiquan, and Baguazhang. Through his school, Somerville Martial Arts Institute (SMAI), he teaches Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Qilinpai, various Qigong / Neigong / Yangsheng as well as Die Da Shang Ke (Chinese Medicine Traumatology) and the use of internal / external herbal training formulas. A practicing Buddhist since 1995 (Theravada / Thai Forest Tradition) he has been studying Neidan with Robert Coons for several years. In order to better understand, research, and study Chinese Martial Arts, Chinese Medicine, and Neidan, Wes has been studying Classical and Modern Chinese, in various capacities, with Stephen Boyanton, PhD, Craig Mitchell, PhD and Robert Coons.

Wes is the official teacher of the Penglai Internal Alchemy Fellowship Tang Dynasty Six Classics Neidan curriculum including the Clarity and Stillness Classic, Hidden Talisman Classic, Embryonic Breathing Classic, Ancestor Lu Hundred Character Steele, Entering the Medicine Mirror, and Daily Use Classic.

Robert Coons:


If you wish to join the seminar live please send an email to and let me know. I will send the Zoom link out two days before the event.

The event will be available by request on an unlisted youtube link, but we cannot guarantee it will be available in a public video due to privacy concerns for attendees, so this time around joining the live event is ideal!!