Taoism has a mystic practice of “Three times Five”
What is it?
The saying regarding Three times Five is not limited to Taoism;
Confucianism and Buddhism also have the same sayings. In
Confucianism, it is the Three Orders8 and Five Bonds7 of morality.
In Buddhism, it is the Three Followings34 and Five Disciplines17.
In Taoism, it is the Three Flowers and Five Qi*. Though the
appellations are different, they all are based on the Truth. Upon
the fulfillment of these practices, one becomes what Confucianism
calls a Saint; Buddhism, a Buddha; or Taoism, an Immortal. These
are the outer Three times Five.
There is a simpler practice, the inner Three times Five. Wu-ji
Lao-Mu4 descended to the Altar and stated “The True Self and
life are completed when Two times Five. When Three times Five
coagulates, one pervades the cosmos.” For example, the new moon
begins on the first of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. After three times
five days, on the fifteenth, it becomes a full moon. A male reaches
adulthood at the age of fifteen. Tao follows Three times Five too.
What is Two times Five? That means the two eyes. What is Three
times Five? It is the True Self plus Two times Five. In the celestial
sense, Two times Five refers to the sun and moon, which complement
each other. Reflecting the aureole inward and coagulating It in the
Right Portal, one can return to the Origin and restore his True Self.
Scriptures and Sutras contain many hidden messages. If a person
cannot realize the true messages in the Scriptures, in order to realize
them, all he has to do is to hold on to his True Self and portal, seek
the Enlightened Teacher with Tien-Ming1 and receive Tien-Tao.
He then can realize the hidden messages in time. Upon full realization,
he can abandon all Scriptures and practice Tao tenaciously on his own.
Why? The Buddhist Sutra states “The Dharma I spoke of is like a raft.
Once one gets on to the shore, why should he carry the raft with him?”
*Three flowers are the three treasures of the body; the vitality, spirit (Qi)