Ten Methods of the Heavenly Dragon

When he stumbles by chance into a backstreet teashop to shelter from the unrelenting Taipei rain, the author begins a journey that will lead him to the wisdom of the Adept Shun Yuan of the Heavenly Dragon sect, an order of esoteric Buddhism laced with Taoist practices. He discovers the internal arts of chi kung and bagua and diligently practises them, and begins to see the places and people around him in a new light. However, his journey with the Adept is not without its challenges, and the author has to look to his very core to overcome the obstacles that stand in his way. Will he be able to harness the transformative energy of the dragon? Or will the wisdom of this elusive creature be beyond his grasp?

An intriguing, personal account, this book explores the author’s experiences along the path to spiritual enlightenment. It will be of interest to students of the internal martial traditions as well as anyone interested in Taoism and Eastern philosophy.

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About Dragon Mystic

I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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2 Responses to Ten Methods of the Heavenly Dragon

  1. Cindy Stone says:

    a journey to the extraordinary In the ordinary world we don’t often go to the ends of the earth to seek the extraordinary. Fortunately for us, Robert Sheaffer did, and wrote this book so that we could all travel the journey with him. I was captivated from his very first words, and felt like I was right there with him every step.Sheaffer writes with a refreshing, guileless sincerity, that infuses the book with light-hearted humour and profoundly moving moments. Knowing that he is writing not a fable or a fairy tale, but real experiences makes it all the more mystical, all the more magical and all the more mysterious.Robert leads us through teaming rainstorms, down alleyways, into teashops, parks, and on to the top of mountains all in search of one who can show him “the Way.” Interested in the ancient Chinese internal martial arts, his travels to Taipei lead him to Shun Yuan – one who has reached the level of “Adept” and steeped in esoteric Taoist mysticism. Their encounter is profoundly transformational, as much for Robert as it is for the reader.

  2. Irving Karchmar says:

    Enthralling and Remarkable Lessons of Tao and Martial Arts! Ten Methods of the Heavenly Dragon is a profound and deeply moving book. A first person account of lifelong seeker Robert Sheaffer’s apprenticeship with Shun Yuan, a gentle, Western-born Adept of the Tao and Taiji martial arts, enthralled me both as a teaching story and an introduction to as remarkable a man as any hero out of fiction. In the end, though I did not want it to end, I was left with a sublime sense of inevitability and peace. A truly amazing achievement!And the unfolding of the 10 Methods of the Heavenly Dragon are beautifully told within the intricacies of Bagua, the “eight symbols” used in Taoist cosmology and the elegant, deadly forms of Chinese martial arts, each method translated into hard-learned lessons of everyday life. The Tao emphasizes getting past your preconceptions and your ego; in effect, getting out of your own way. I for one am very grateful for the lesson.

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