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The Manuals of Taoist Sexual Practise – Joining Yin and Yang 02

Identifier

017849

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Thomas Cleary - Notes on text

The ten styles of sexual intercourse mentioned here do not exactly correspond to those described in later lore, and are not all quite clear.

In the tiger style, the woman crouches on hands and knees like a tiger, with arched back, while the man crouches on his knees behind her, embracing her around the waist and penetrating her from behind.

In the cicada style, the woman lies flat on her belly with her legs outstretched; the man kneels between her thighs and enters her from behind.

The inchworm style apparently refers to an imitation of the inch-worm's alternate bending and straightening.

In the deer nudging with his antlers, the man sits with his legs out, while the woman sits on his thighs
with her back to his chest; as he holds her around the waist, he thrusts up into her from below.

In the phoenix stretching style, the woman lies on her back and draws up her legs; the man kneels between her thighs, with his hands on the bed, and penetrates deeply into her.

In the monkey climbing style, the man sits with his legs out, while the woman sits on his thighs facing him; with one hand on the bed for balance, he holds the woman's buttock with the other as he enters her.

The rabbit and toad styles are not clear.

In the dragonfly style, the woman lies face down with the man lying face down on top of her.

In the fish feeding style, the man lies on his back, while the woman crouches on top of him, drawing his penis inside her the way an infant sucks the mother's nipple.

A description of the experience

Thomas Cleary – The Taoist Classics
The Manuals of Taoist Sexual Practise – Joining Yin and Yang 02

Ten sets of movements means ten times ten strokes: first ten, then twenty, then thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety, one hundred.

Withdraw and penetrate without ejaculating.

Do one set without ejaculating, and your eyes and ears will be clear.

Two sets, and your voice will be clear.

Three, and your skin will be lustrous.

Four, and your back and sides are strengthened.

Five, and your buttocks and thighs get shaped up.

Six, and your urinary tract will be clear.

Seven, and your erection will be extremely firm and strong.

Eight, and your skin will glow.

Nine, and you join in a spiritual glow.

Ten sets make the body endure.

The ten styles are as follows.

First is called the tiger roaring.

Second is called the cicada clinging.

Third is called the inchworm.

Fourth is called the deer nudging with his antlers.

Fifth is called the phoenix stretching.

Sixth is called the monkey climbing.

Seventh is called the toad.

Eighth is called the rabbit running.

Ninth is called the dragonfly.

Tenth is called the fish feeding.

The source of the experience

The Manuals of Taoist Sexual Practise

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Observation contributed by: Francis Keeble