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)

and soul.