The small amount of Taoism I’ve been exposed to is through Serge Augier, and it’s always practical in nature. He gives exercises to take away and train, be they movement or meditation, the explanations are always simple and precise. There isn’t a lot of hand waving or mystery, only exercises and your practice.
Serge has been training for a very long time in Traditional Chinese Martial Arts, Taoism and Chinese Medicine. He has released a few books recently, covering various aspects of the tradition that he has been trained in – Yi Jing, a book about herbs and a book on Taoism. Le Secret Des Immortels is his book on the system of Taoism that he has inherited – the Natural School.
Serge’s book is, like his teaching, filled with the practical. Unfortunately, my French is atrocious, but with a dictionary and some time, I’ve coaxed a little of this book out for myself.
There are 8 sections in the book, covering the 8 principles which make up the “secrets” of the legendary Taoist immortals. The practical advice covers everything from how much time to practice through to physical practice, posture and grounding, through to emotional work like facing your fears. The book is peppered with anecdotes from Serge’s own practice which spans over 30 years now.
At the end of the day, this is a book dedicated to encourage a daily practice in your life. It offers up exercises to actually train, rather than simply talk about. It’s a good book, and Serge’s advice is simple – if you do the exercises, they will work. If only it were in English
You can read a bit more about Serge’s various books on his website Secret Des Immortels.