Glossary


Bien hua (pien hua, bian hua)

To change; changes. The nature of change itself. Basic to Taoism and the I Ching is that everything in the phenomenal universe is in the process of changing, except the Tao, which remains changeless. What occurs during the shift, how that change transpires, and the final result of the change are all aspects of bien hua. The term also applies to the shift experienced during Taoist alchemy between one level of energy or consciousness and another level, either higher or lower. Refers also to the way you change from one fighting technique to another technique in internal martial arts or from one healing intervention to another in chi gung tui na.

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