New Initiate Guide
Welcome new initiate; we are so grateful to be able to share this path of awakening with you.
This guide is one part of the gift of sacred teachings Primordial Alchemist has made public to the world.
The New Initiate Guide on this page provides recommended steps to begin practicing the KUNLUN System. The following passage from the KUNLUN System book describes the journey many of us take before finding this path.
The KUNLUN System is referred to as the path of no more learning, and for good reasons. We are very grateful to support you. We recommend new students take the following steps to begin.
STEP 1: Read the KUNLUN System book
The first step we recommend for new initiates is to read the KUNLUN System book, which was written to provide anyone in the world a means to begin their path of awakening. The book includes the history of the system, many practices, inspiration, and many explanations of the awakening process. Practitioners often share that each time they read the book, they experience new insights and inspiration. The system taught is simple but powerful.
STEP 2: Begin Mastering the One Breath (from the book)
The first technique we recommend you begin in the book is called the One Breath. Practicing the One Breath is a very advanced practice that will help you restore the original breathing you had as a baby. Breathing has many functions besides providing oxygen to our bodies. It massages and pumps our organs and regulates our nervous system. These are the outer manifestations of breathing. As with all systems, there are outer, inner, and secret effects. The breathing also connects us to our source, and much more. We invite you to begin to quiet your scholarly mind, do the practices, and allow your experience to teach you. Our western civilization has trained us to acquire more and more knowledge making us masters of none. Experience is the best teacher. Master this practice, and your life will change. The simplest practices are often the most advanced
STEP 3: Practice the Five Elements
The next technique you can begin at the same time as the One Breath is the Five Elements. The Five Elements are present everywhere in nature and within you. As you do the practice, your organs, emotions, meridians, and energy channels will begin to balance, open, purity, and energize. This practice is very much mind training. You will observe the nature of your mind and begin to master the monkey mind. Remember mind is gravity.
STEP 4: The KUNLUN Method Posture (from the book)
The KUNLUN Method Posture is the key to the One Law of nature: the law that demonstrates that all things are connected through and accessed by the loving nature of the heart. This technique will purify your being, energize you, and help you remember your original state. It is the path of divine surrender, and it is a water path. There is nothing you must do or be. Simply surrender to your divine nature, and all will unfold naturally. This path is very different from the fire path, which uses self-generated energy to move up from the base to the top. This practice works with the downward heavenly flow without effort. Eventually, you will experience your life from the state of surrender and bliss that you experience in your daily practice. Living your art means you embrace and embody positive virtues such as love, humility, compassion, and joy every moment. The cultivator makes every moment of her/his life a practice.
We recommend you begin practicing the One Breath, Five Elements, and the KUNLUN Posture as soon as you read the book. One Breath will eventually become your default and normal breathing. In the beginning, bring your attention to your breathing several times a day, and remember this breathing. We recommend you practice the Five Elements two or three times a week, working up to 12 minutes and then 20 minutes per posture. When practicing the Five Elements, you will also be doing the One Breath breathing. The KUNLUN Technique can be done five days in a row and then take two days off. Important note, the energy body must have time to sync and integrate with the physical body. Your days off, allow this to occur. More practice does not mean better practice. Remember to stay grounded: the higher the tree grows, the deeper the roots must be.
STEP 5: Meeting Max (Mugen Roshi) in the Whispering Teapot
After you have practiced for awhile, you may begin to have questions. We invite you to join our Q & A event called the Whispering Teapot. It is a marvelous opportunity to connect more deeply with the lineage you are learning and get personal questions answered. We invite you to read the book thoroughly and practice so that you can get the most out of the experience!
STEP 6: Receive the KUNLUN Transmission in an In-Person Course
To attain the full awakening in this tradition, you will need to receive an in-person transmission from Max Mugen Roshi, Diana Dao Shi, or Kan-san. You will only need to do this once. Do not worry if you cannot do this right away. Students often practice the book for years before they do this. One must trust that you have everything you need to complete your path and that all will come to you effortlessly. You are all you need to master your awakening.
STEP 7: Living Your Art
We often refer to students on the path as practitioners or cultivators. A practitioner is one who does the practices and then goes back to mundane life. We all begin as practitioners. As we progress, our practices bleed into all areas of our lives, and there is no separation between practices and normal-life. That is what we call a cultivator. It will happen naturally, as you dissolve the distinction between spiritual and mundane life and realize that all is one. It does not mean we exist in an unaffected state without human emotion or experiences, but our minds become centered in our divine-hearts, and that becomes our home. We learn to dissolve the monkey mind and bring our minds back to the heart. Please know to have a human body is a great gift, and also a very advanced experience.
STEP 8: Staying Motivated and Connected
Many of our students find that they don’t have others around them to share this beautiful path with, and sometimes you can feel isolated. For this reason, we offer online events and a membership program. Each month we hold the Whispering Teapot event, which is an hour of questions and answers from students or sometimes an exploration of a specific topic. This event is an excellent opportunity to see other KUNLUN Practitioners and to stay motivated on the path. For those students who like to attend this event each month and be a part of our private online community, we offer the Immortals Cavern Membership. You can read more about the membership here!
Through out the year, we offer various online and in-person courses on a variety of practices and subjects. Please remember that once you know the One Breath, Five Elements, KUNLUN, and Red Phoenix you need nothing else to attain your awaking but your own cultivation. We offer these classes as a way to keep you connected and motivated!
We hope this guide has been helpful for you.
Please remember that you are the beginning and the end of your path. This life is indeed wondrous and magical and the possibilities of life are endless.